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" A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing. "
" A promise must never be broken. "
" A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous. "
" Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. "
" Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government. "
" Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives. "
" I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man. "
" In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself. "
" In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. "
" In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources. "
" I think the first duty of society is justice. "
" It is the advertiser who provides the paper for the subscriber. It is not to be disputed, that the publisher of a newspaper in this country, without a very exhaustive advertising support, would receive less reward for his labor than the humblest mechanic. "
" It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government. "
" Learn to think continentally. "
" Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others. "
" Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion. "
" Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. "
" Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty. "
" Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will. "
" Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing. "
" Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. "
" Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. "
" The honor of a nation is its life. "
" The inquiry constantly is what will please, not what will benefit the people. In such a government there can be nothing but temporary expedient, fickleness, and folly. "
" The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one. "
" There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism. "
" There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism. "
" The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased. "
" The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right. "
" To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people, each individual citizen everywhere enjoying the same national rights, privileges, and protection. "
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