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Quote Left I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Quote Right
Quote Left The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. Quote Right
Quote Left We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it. Quote Right
Quote Left The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Quote Right
Quote Left Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong. Quote Right
Quote Left But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. Friendship Quote Right
Quote Left The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression. Quote Right
Quote Left Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state. Quote Right
Quote Left In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty. Quote Right
Quote Left I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another. Quote Right
Quote Left I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it. Quote Right
Quote Left My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me. Quote Right
Quote Left Be polite to all, but intimate with few. Quote Right
Quote Left Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail. Quote Right
Quote Left It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. Quote Right
Quote Left I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. Quote Right
Quote Left In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Quote Right
Quote Left I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. Quote Right
Quote Left There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents. Quote Right
Quote Left I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. Quote Right
Quote Left The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper. Quote Right
Quote Left I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. Quote Right
Quote Left Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Quote Right
Quote Left SIR,--Your letter of February the 18th came to hand on the 1st instant; and the request of the history of my physical habits would have puzzled me not a little, had it not been for the model with which you accompanied it, of Doctor Rush's answer to a similar inquiry. I live so much like other people, that I might refer to ordinary life as a history of my own. Like my friend the Doctor, I have lived temperately, eating very little animal food, and that not as an aliment, so much as a condiment for the vegetables, which constitute my principle diet. Quote Right
Quote Left Always take hold of things by the smooth handle. Quote Right
Quote Left But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine. Quote Right
Quote Left The superiority of chocolate (hot chocolate), both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain. . . Quote Right
Quote Left A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks. Quote Right
Quote Left A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks. Quote Right
Quote Left Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them. Quote Right
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