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Let the farmer forevermore be honored in his calling; for they who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.
Let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated, where reason is left free to combat it.
Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity.
Man is fed with fables through life, and leaves it in the belief he knows something of what has been passing, when in truth he has known nothing but what has passed under his own eye.
Money, not morality, is the principle of commerce and commercial nations.
Monuments of the safety with which errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
- in his first inaugural address [Opinion]
Motherhood is the keystone of the arch of matrimonial happiness.
My affections were first for my own country, then, generally, for all mankind.
My great wish is to go on in a strict but silent performance of my duty; to avoid attracting notice, and to keep my name out of the newspapers.
Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
Never spend your money before you have it.
Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap.
Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
We seldom repent having eaten too little.
Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
How much pain the evils have cost us that have never happened!
Take things always by the smooth handle.
When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.
Never spend you money before you have it.
- [Money : Spending]
No government can continue good but under the control of the people.
No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity.
No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any.
Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.
None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army.
Of all the cankers of human happiness none corrodes with so silent, yet so baneful an influence, as indolence.
Of the various executive abilities, no one excited more anxious concerns than that of placing the interests of our fellow-citizens in the hands of honest men, with understanding sufficient for their stations. No duty is at the same time more difficult to fulfill. The knowledge of character possessed by a single individual is of necessity limited. To seek out the best through the whole Union, we must resort to the information which from the best of men, acting disinterestedly and with the purest motives, is sometimes incorrect.
- in a letter to Elias Shipman and others of New Haven
[Government : Politics]
Offices are as acceptable here as elsewhere, and whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
One insult pocketed soon produces another.
One precedent in favor of power is stronger than a hundred against it.
One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
Opinion is power.
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
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