The second office in the government is honorable and easy the first is but a splendid misery.
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The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
He who knows best knows how little he knows.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
I'm a history nut.
We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it. It has some value in gaining and holding attention, but it has no persuasive value at all.
The definition of a modern approach to war is the acknowledgement of individual lives lost.
I'd like to believe an accumulation of experience has made me a sort of a grown-up person, so I can have judgment and taste and whatever.
Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it.
A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.
Well, I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment, and I've learned quickly these last few days that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.
While President Bush likes to project an image of strength and courage, the real truth is that in the presence of his large financial contributors, he is a moral coward.
We try, we fail, we posture, we aspire, we pontificate - and then we age, shrink, die, and vanish.