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"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."

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"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it."

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"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

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"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."

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"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."

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"In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty."

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"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

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"I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another."

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"I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it."

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"Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail."

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"My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me."

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"Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong."

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"The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper."

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"Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them."

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"Be polite to all, but intimate with few."

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"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

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"Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state."

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"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do."

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"The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression."

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"There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents."

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"We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it."

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"We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country."

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"When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property."

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"Always take hold of things by the smooth handle."

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"Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies."

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"Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."

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"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."

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"Taste cannot be controlled by law."

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"Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour."

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"Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us."

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"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."

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"Information is the currency of democracy."

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"It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own."

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"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."

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"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

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"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."

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"I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be."

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"The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money."

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"...it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg."

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"A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences"

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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."

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"A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit."

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"A little rebellion now and then...is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."

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"A little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."

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"A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity."

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"A republican government is slow to move, yet when once in motion, its momentum becomes irresistible"

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"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks."

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"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."

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"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

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"Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to, convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty."

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"Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper."

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"Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper."

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"Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise"

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"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."

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"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

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"An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens."

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"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."

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"An injured friend is the bitterest of foes."

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"An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes."

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"As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also."

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"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State."

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"Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. education and free discussion are the antidotes of both."

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"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."

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"Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind."

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"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine."

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"Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?"

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"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto."

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"Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government."

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"Defamation is becoming a necessity of life; inasmuch as a dish of tea in the morning or evening cannot be digested without this stimulant"

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"Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%."

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"Difference of opinion is helpful in religion."

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"Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other."

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"Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing."

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"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."

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"Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition."

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"Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it."

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"Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it."

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"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."

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"Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do."

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"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."

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"Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it."

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"Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it."

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"Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day."

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"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day."

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"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories."

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"Every man has two countries his own and France."

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"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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"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."

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"Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear."

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"For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security."

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"Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism."

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"Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life."

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"Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?"

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"Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind."

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"He is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad."

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"He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors."

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"He who receives ideas from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me"

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"He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me."

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"Health is worth more than learning."

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"History, in general, only informs us what bad government is"

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