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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 democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.
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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 and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
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Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
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All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
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Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.
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An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
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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 injured friend is the bitterest of foes.
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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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Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
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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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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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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.
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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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Delay is preferable to error.
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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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Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
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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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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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Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
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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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Every generation needs a new revolution.
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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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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 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 who knows best knows how little he knows.
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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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Health is worth more than learning.
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History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
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Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
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Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
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How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.
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I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
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I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.
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I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
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I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
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I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
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I cannot live without books.
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I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.
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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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