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Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.
– George Washington
Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
War – An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.
My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.
It is better to be alone than in bad company.
Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.
It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being.
Being no bigot myself to any mode of worship, I am disposed to endulge the professors of Christianity in the church, that road to heaven which to them shall seem the most direct plainest easiest and least liable to exception.
Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.
I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.
We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
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 defense of it.
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.