"The best service that can be rendered to a Country, next to that of giving it liberty, is in diffusing the mental improvement equally essential to the preservation, and the enjoyment of the blessing."
"Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be . . . . Our American Chivalry is the worst in the world. It has no Laws, no bounds, no definitions; it seems to be all a Caprice. "
"All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride legitimately, by the grace of God."
"He was certainly one of the most learned men of the age. It may be said of him as has been said of others that he was a walking Library, and what can be said of but few such prodigies, that the Genius of Philosophy ever walked hand in hand with him."