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"Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience."

"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force... Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."

"It is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world."

"It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world."

"The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure."

"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence."

"I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."

"It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company."

"Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty."

"It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it."

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."

"My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth."

"War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will."

"Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."

"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company."

"When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour."

"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."

"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."

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