My goal on Wikipedia is to shed some light on interesting points in history, which, in my opinion, are often forgotten. 90% of the articles I create can be expanded, and I am positive that there are enough historians on Wikipedia to start in where I left off.
*The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. *Democratical States must always feel before they can see: it is this that makes their Governments slow, but the people will be right at last. *When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly. *It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defence of it.
*There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution. *The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. *There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. *Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
*The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. *The moral sense, or conscience, is as much a part of man as his leg or arm. It is given to all human beings in a stronger or weaker degree, as force of members is given them in a greater or less degree. It may be strengthened by exercise, as may any particular limb of the body. *The most fortunate of us, in our journey through life, frequently meet with calamities and misfortunes which may greatly afflict us; and, to fortify our minds against the attacks of these calamities and misfortunes, should be one of the principal studies and endeavours of our lives. *I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself.
*He that would live in peace and at ease, Must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees. *Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. *So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do. *Much less is it adviseable for a Person to go thither, who has no other Quality to recommend him but his Birth. In Europe it has indeed its Value; but it is a Commodity that cannot be carried to a worse Market than that of America, where people do not inquire concerning a Stranger, What is he? but, What can he do?