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" Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. "
" A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends. "
" Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. "
" 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. "
" Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. "
" 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. "
" Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. "
" Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession. "
" Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. "
" Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. "
" Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. "
" Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. "
" I am persuaded, you will permit me to observe, that the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction. "
" 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. "
" I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it - but there is only one proper and effectual mode by which it can be accomplished, and that is by Legislative authority: and this, as far as my suffrage will go, shall never be wanting. "
" If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. "
" 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. "
" I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country. "
" 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 better to be alone than in bad company. "
" It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. "
" It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company. "
" It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being. "
" 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. "
" It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it. "
" I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent. "
" Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. "
" Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals. "
" Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it. "
" Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God. "
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