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" A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference. "
" A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit. "
" Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. "
" All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. "
" Always take hold of things by the smooth handle. "
" An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry. "
" An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes. "
" An injured friend is the bitterest of foes. "
" As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also. "
" A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. "
" Be polite to all, but intimate with few. "
" Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind. "
" 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. "
" But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. "
" Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. "
" Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government. "
" Delay is preferable to error. "
" Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. "
" 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. "
" Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other. "
" Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it. "
" Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do. "
" Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. "
" Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. "
" Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. "
" Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. "
" Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state. "
" Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories. "
" Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor. "
" 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. "
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