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"Wisdom begins at the end."
"Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens."
"There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange."
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"There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."
"The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it."
"The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power."
"Philosophical argument has sometimes shaken my reason for the faith that was in me; but my heart has always assured me that the Gospel of Jesus Christ must be reality."
"Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government."
"Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint."
"Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization."
"Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together."
"It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, independence now and independence forever."
"If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity."
"I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned."
"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions."
"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."
"Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital."
"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy."
"A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue."
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