Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.
[It] is the juvenal period of life when friendships are formed, and habits established, that will stick by one.
Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification.
Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.
The friendship I have conceived will not be impaired by absence; but it may be no unpleasing circumstance to brighten the chain by a renewal of the covenant.
Character enough of an opposite description … My opinion is … that you could as soon scrub the blackamore white, as to change the principles of a profest Democrat; and that he will leave nothing unattempted to overturn the Government of this Country.
Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.
Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.
Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.
But if we are to be told by a foreign Power . . . what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.
All combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community.
Being persuaded that a just application of the principles, on which the Masonic Fraternity is founded, must be promote of private virtue and public prosperity, I shall always be happy to advance the interests of the Society, and to be considered by them as a deserving brother.
Be courteous to all, but personal with number of, and allow those couple be perfectly attempted ahead of you provide them with your self-assurance.
A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.
It is an old adage that honesty is the best policy-this applies to public as well as private life-to States as well as individuals.
The United States enjoy a scene of prosperity and tranquillity under the new government that could hardly have been hoped for.
What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.
The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.
To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.
The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism . . .
I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love.
The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.
We are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens, and that where righteousness prevails among individuals the Nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government it’s surest support.
A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
Discipline is the soul of an army.
Be not forward, but friendly and courteous; the first to salute, hear and answer; and be not pensive when it is time to converse.