Excessive bias for a foreign nation and excessive aversion to another cause that those to whom they act see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even support the arts of influence on the other. The true patriots who can resist the intrigues of the favorites are susceptible to being suspicious and hateful, while their tools and swindlers usurp the applause and the confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.
Of all the animosities that have existed among humanity, those that are caused by a difference of feelings in religion seem to be the most inveterate and anguishing, and should be disapproved. I hoped that the enlightened and liberal policy that has marked the current era, at least has reconciled Christians of all denominations so far, so that we can never again see religious disputes carried to such an extreme that they put danger the peace of society.
While the government only protects everyone in their religious rites, true religion gives the government its most secure support.
Oh! Our dancing days do not exist anymore. However, we wish all those who enjoy such a pleasant and innocent fun all the pleasure that the season will offer them.
The preservation of the sacred fire of freedom, and the fate of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally wagered, in the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
Interwoven as is the love of freedom with each ligament of their hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to strengthen or confirm attachment.
A government is like fire, a useful servant, but a dangerous teacher.
In a free and republican government, you can not contain the voice of the crowd.
It is the duty of all nations to recognize the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to thank his benefits and humbly implore his protection and favors.
It is impossible to properly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
Do not let anyone claim the tribute of American patriotism if they try to remove religion from politics.
It is impossible to govern the world correctly without God and the Bible. Never let anyone pretend to be a true American patriot if they ever try to separate religion from politics.
Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morals are indispensable supports. It is impossible to govern the world correctly without God and the Bible.
True friendship is a slow-growing plant.
To point out the importance of circumspection in their behavior, it may be appropriate to observe that a good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at his age are generally indelible, and his conduct here can mark his character. for life. Therefore, it is very important that you strive not only to learn but to be virtuous.
To please everyone is impossible; If I did, I should probably please anyone.
The value of freedom was increased in our estimate by the difficulty of its achievement and the value of the characters appreciated by the trial of adversity.
The bosom of the United States is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; to whom we will welcome a participation of all our rights and privileges …
I had always hoped that this land would become a safe and pleasant haven for the virtuous and persecuted part of humanity, for any nation to which they belonged.
[Let] the needy and oppressed poor of the Earth, and those who want the Earth, turn to the fertile lands of our western country, the second land of Promise, and there they live in peace, fulfilling the first and great commandment.
The policy or advantage of [immigration]that takes place in a body (I mean the establishment of them in a body) can be very questioned; because, in doing so, they retain the language, habits and principles (good or bad) that they bring with them. While by a mixture with our people, they, or their descendants, are assimilated to our customs, measures and laws: in short, they soon become a single people.
I’d rather be on my farm than be the emperor of the world.
The advance of agriculture, trade and manufactures, by all appropriate means, will not require, I hope, recommendation. But I can not help insinuating the convenience of giving an effective stimulus also to the introduction of new and useful inventions from abroad, in terms of the efforts of skill and genius in producing them at home.
Each publication is honorable in which a man can serve his country.
Put any dependence on the militia, is undoubtedly resting on a broken cane.
Make the most of the hemp seed from India and plant everywhere.
The United States is not in any way based on the Christian religion
I do not pretend to completely exclude the idea of patriotism. I know he exists, and I know he has done a lot in the present contest. But I will dare to say that a great and lasting war can never be supported solely by this principle. It must be helped by a prospect of interest, or some reward.
He is the son of greed, the brother of iniquity and the father of mischief.
I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event in one’s life, the foundation of happiness or misery.
Our policy is to move away from permanent alliances with any part of the outside world.
Then it is as true as that night the day triumphs, that without a decisive naval force we can not do anything definitive, and with it, all honorable and glorious.
The willingness with which our young people can serve in any war, no matter how justified, will be directly proportional to how they perceive that Veterans of previous wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.
To wait … the same service of the gross and undisciplined recruits, as of veteran soldiers, is to wait for what never happened and perhaps never will happen. Men, who are familiar with danger, find it without shrinking; while troops not used for service often apprehend danger where there is no danger.
The government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is strength … Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
I am forced to reflect on how much more delightful it is for a mind not weakened the task of making improvements in the earth, than on all the vain glory that can be acquired by destroying it through the race of conquests more uninterrupted.
I do not know of any activity in which more real and important services can be provided to any country than the improvement of its agriculture, its class of useful animals and other branches of a farmer’s care.
We must never despair; our situation has been compromised before, and has changed for the better; so I trust he will do it again. If difficulties arise, we must put new efforts and proportionally our efforts to the demands of the times.
Every action in company must be with some sign of respect to those present.
Refrain from drinking, which is the source of all evil, and the ruin of half the workers in this country.
A sore head and trembling limbs, which are the inevitable effects of drinking, misalign the hands of work.
I do not use Porter … in my family, but in America: both items can now be purchased with excellent quality.
It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe, without the agency of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to govern the universe without the help of a Supreme Being. It is impossible to reason without reaching a Supreme Being.
What was done with the saved seed of Indian hemp last summer? It should, all, have been sewn again; that not only could a stock of seed have been raised sufficient for my own purposes, but also to have spread the seed to others; since it is more valuable than common hemp.
We beg [God] to forgive our national and other transgressions …
Oh, eternal and eternal God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb and purge my heart with your Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of Your son, Jesus Christ, that living in Your fear and dying in Your favor, I can in your appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified ones for eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the entire race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of You and Your son, Jesus Christ.
I have often expressed my feelings, that every man, behaving like a good citizen and being responsible before God only for his religious opinions, should be protected by worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.
We have abundant reasons to rejoice that on this Earth the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of fanaticism and superstition, and that every person here can worship God according to the dictates of his own heart. In this Enlightened Age and in this Land of equal freedom, we boast that a man’s religious principles will not lose the protection of the Laws, nor will they deprive him of the right to obtain and hold the highest offices known in the United States. . .
While we compete for our own freedom, we must be very cautious not to violate the conscience of others, considering that God is only the judge of the hearts of men, and that only in this case are they responsible.
The freedom enjoyed by the people of these states to worship the Almighty God according to their conscience, is not only one of the most chosen of their blessings, but also of their rights.
Let your carriage be such that it becomes a serious man and attentive to what is said. Do not contradict, at all times, what others say.
If they are good workers, they can be from Asia, Africa or Europe. They can be Mohometans, Jews or Christians of any sect, or they can be atheists.
Among many other important objections to the Measure, it has been suggested that it has a tendency to introduce religious disputes in the Army, which, above all, should be avoided and, in many cases, would compel men to a mode of Worship, what do they do? not profess
The government, among other purposes, instituted to protect the consciences of men of oppression, it is undoubtedly the duty of the rulers, not only to refrain from doing it themselves, but according to their stations, to prevent it in others.
I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by praising the interests of our most beloved country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have superintendence of them in their holy custody.
Discipline is the soul of an army.
The intentions of a man should be allowed in some aspects to defend his actions.
It never occurs to me to promote my convenience at the expense of a friend’s interest and inclination.
[V] irtue or morality is a necessary source of popular government.
Could it be that Providence has not connected the permanent happiness of a nation with its virtue?
There is no truth more fully established, that exists. . . an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness.
Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morals are indispensable supports. In vain, that man would claim tribute to the patriotism that should work to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmer struts of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience forbid us to hope that national morality can prevail in the exclusion of religious principles.
The total happiness of society, which is best promoted through the practice of a virtuous policy, is, or should be, the end of all government. . . .
Human rights can only be guaranteed among virtuous people. The general government. . . it can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppressive form, as long as there is some virtue in the body of the people.
On the death [of]my wife, it is my Will and I desire that [a]all the Slaves that I have in [my]right, receive their free [dom]. . . . Blacks thus bound are (by their Masters or Masters) who must be taught to read and write; and be educated for a useful occupation, in accordance with the Laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which stipulates the support of Orphans and other poor Children. And I hereby expressly prohibit the sale, or transportation outside said Commonwealth, of any slave from whom I may die, under any pretense whatsoever.
I wish my soul that the legislature of this State can see the policy of a gradual Abolition of slavery.
His late purchase of a farm in the Cayenne colony, in order to emancipate the slaves in it, is a generous and noble proof of his humanity. I would like God to have a similar spirit spread generally in the minds of the people of this country; but I despair to see it.
I have principles against this type of trafficking in the human species. . . and to disperse families I have an aversion.
We should disapprove of the danger of fiery and susceptible minds, of being too strong, and soon predisposed in favor of other political systems, before they are able to appreciate their own.
Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general dissemination of knowledge. As the structure of a government gives strength to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion be enlightened.
The best way to form a virile, virtuous and happy people will be in the proper education of youth. Without this base, any other means, in my opinion, must fail.
If you can not send money, send tobacco.
The United States of America should have a free base from the influence of the clergy.
Religious controversies always produce more bitterness and irreconcilable hatreds than those that arise from any other cause. I hoped that liberal and enlightened thought would have reconciled Christians so that their religious struggles [NO!] Would not endanger the peace of society.
A free people must not only be armed and disciplined, but must have enough weapons and ammunition to maintain a state of independence from anyone who tries to abuse them, which would include their own government.
The god of one dictates the type of law one implements and also controls the application and development of that law over time. With sufficient time, all non-Christian law systems self-destruct in an attack of tyranny.
The government is, in the best of cases, a petulant servant and, at worst, a tyrannical teacher.
If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers is a particular error, allow it to be corrected with an amendment in the manner designated by the Constitution. But that there is no change for usurpation; because although this, in one case, can be the instrument of good, it is the habitual weapon through which free governments are destroyed.
The firearms are the following in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the teeth of the freedom of the American people and the cornerstone of independence … From the time the pilgrims landed to our days, events and trends show that to guarantee peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. …. The same atmosphere of firearms everywhere restricts the interference of evil; they deserve a place of honor with all that is good … A free people should be armed.
And you, for the dignity of your Conduct, will give Posterity the opportunity to say, speaking of the glorious example that has exhibited Humanity, that this day had been missing, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to the which human nature is capable of achieving.
We must take human nature as we find it, perfection does not fall into the participation of mortals.
In carrying out this trust, I will only say that, with good intentions, I contributed to the organization and administration of the Government with the best efforts of which a very fallible judgment was capable.
Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.
Paper money will invariably operate in the body of politics as spiritual liquors in the human body. They take advantage of the vital signs and finally destroy them
My way of living is clear. I do not intend to be excluded. A glass of wine and some lamb are always ready; and those who will be happy to participate in them are always welcome. Those who expect more will be disappointed, but will not be affected by the change.
When a man does everything he can, even if he does not succeed, do not blame the one who did it.
Do not sleep when others speak, sit down when others are standing, do not talk when you have to shut up, do not walk when others stop.
Do not be forward, but friendly and polite; the first to greet, listen and respond; and do not be pensive when it’s time to talk.
To constitute a dispute, there must be two parties. To understand it well, both parties and all circumstances must be heard completely; and to accommodate differences, temper and mutual patience are requirements.
Let your face be pleasant, but in serious matters, let it be something serious.
Undertake not to teach your equal in the art that he himself professes; Savor the arrogance.
In a free and republican government, you can not contain the voice of the crowd. Each man will speak as he thinks, or, more properly, without thinking, and consequently will judge the effects without attending to their causes.
Europe has a set of primary interests, which for us has none, or a very remote relationship. Therefore, she must be involved in frequent controversies, whose causes are essentially alien to our concerns. Therefore, it must be imprudent in us to involve ourselves, through artificial links, in the ordinary vicissitudes of its policy or in the ordinary combinations and collisions of its friendships or enmities.
If being venerated by benevolence, if admired by talents, if esteemed by patriotism, if loved by philanthropy, can gratify the human mind, it must have the pleasant consolation of knowing that it has not lived in vain. And I am flattered that he will not be among the least grateful events of his life, to be sure that, while I preserve my memory, your sincere friend will consider you with respect, veneration and affection.
It is an old adage that honesty is the best policy, this applies to both public and private life, both to states and to people.
What a triumph for the defenders of despotism to discover that we are incapable of governing ourselves, and that systems founded on the basis of egalitarian freedom are merely ideal and fallacious.
In his September 19, 1796 speech, as he prepared to step down, President George Washington spoke of the importance of morality for the welfare of the country: of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. . . . And let us cautiously assume that morality can be maintained without religion. . . . Could it be that Providence has not connected the permanent happiness of a nation with its virtue?
As the first of each thing, in our situation it will serve to establish a precedent, it is fervently desired of me, that these precedents can be fixed on true principles.
The honor of our country demands a vigorous and virile effort; and if now we shamefully fail, we will become infamous to the whole world.
When any nation distrusts its citizens with firearms, it sends a clear message. He no longer trusts his citizens because that government has evil plans.
I am in favor of free trade with all nations; political connection with nobody; and little or no diplomatic establishment
If you see a date on the Internet only because you have someone’s name, it does not make it true.
Fostering literature and the arts is a duty that every good citizen owes to his country.
However [political parties]can now and now respond to popular ends, it is likely that over the course of time and things will become powerful engines by which astute, ambitious and unprincipled men will be able to subvert the power of people and usurp the reins of government, destroying afterwards the same engines that have raised them to an unjust dominion.
A good moral character is the first essential. It is very important not only to be educated but also virtuous.
At all times it is easier to make enemies than friends.
To err is nature, to rectify error is glory.
Get up early, which by habit can become familiar, pleasant, healthy and profitable.
Peace with the whole world is my sincere desire. I am sure that it is our true policy, and I am convinced that it is the ardent desire of the government.
We must consult our media instead of our wishes.
It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones.
Providence has been my only dependence at all times, since all other resources seemed to have failed us.
There is no more dangerous practice than borrowing money; because when you can get money this way, you rarely think of paying on time, the interest becomes a loss, the efforts to increase it because of the cessation of the industry, it is easy and it is spent freely, and many things (be) please in that you would never think if (they were) to be bought by the sweat of the forehead.
The blessed religion revealed in the Word of God will remain an eternal and terrible monument to prove that the best institution can be abused by human depravity; and that even, in some cases, they can be subordinated to the vilest purposes.
The future of this nation depends on the Christian formation of our youth.
Honesty is always the best policy.
The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, should always exalt the just pride of Patriotism. . .
Of all the animosities that have existed among humanity, those that are caused by the difference of feelings in religion seem to be the most inveterate and anguishing, and should be more disapproved.
I heard the bullets whistling, and believe me, there is something lovely about the sound.
Be courteous to everyone, but intimate with few.
If we want to ensure peace … we must know that we are at all times ready for war.
The last official act of any government is to loot the treasure.
My own remedy is to always eat, just before going to bed, a hot roasted onion, if I have a cold.
… it is our boast, that the religious principles of a man will not lose the protection of the Laws …
.. [Avoids] also the accumulation of debts …
In vain, that man would claim the tribute of patriotism that should work to subvert these great pillars.
We can not guarantee success, we can strive to deserve it.
A little knowledge of human nature will convince us that, with most of humanity, interest is the guiding principle … Few men are capable of making a continuous sacrifice of all points of view of private interest, or advantage , for the common good. It is vain to exclaim against the depravity of human nature in this account; the fact is like this, the experience of each age and nation has demonstrated it and we must, to a great extent, change the constitution of man, before we can do it in any other way. No institution, not built on the presumed truth of these maxims, can succeed.
Our Constitution does not grant any sanction to fanaticism.
Do not give advice without being asked, and when you wish, do it briefly.
While all men within our territories are protected in the worship of the Deity according to the dictates of their consciences; it is rational to expect them in return, to demonstrate the innocence of their lives and the beneficence of their actions; because no man, who is wasteful in his morals, or a bad member of the civil community, can be a true Christian or a credit to his own religious society.
When in company, do not put your hands on any part of the body, usually it is not discovered.
The truth of the matter is that you know what it is to be the president. Neither I nor any president come from here. This is because life, fortunately, offers deeper dilemmas. While in office, I used to wake up in a daze, wondering how I could move my toes without even thinking about it, or why hair grows only in certain places and not in the whole body, or why we are not completely bald, or why we must close our eyes and sleep every night, or any of the millions of details of everyday existence, let alone be elected leader of an entire nation.
To each of my nephews, William Augustine Washington, George Lewis, George Steptoe Washington, Bushrod Washington and Samuel Washington, I give them one of my swords or Cutteaux of which I can be possessed; and they must choose in the order in which they are named. These Swords are accompanied by a warning not to unearth them for the purpose of shedding blood, except for their own defense or in defense of their Country and their rights; and in the last case, to keep them out, and prefer to fall with them in their hands, to the restitution of them.
The government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is strength Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful teacher. Never for a moment should he be left to irresponsible action.
Fortunately, the government of the United States, which does not grant any intolerance to bigotry, to persecution, does not require help, but those who live under its protection must degrade themselves as good citizens, to always give them their effective support.
Gentlemen, you will allow me to put on my glasses, because I have grown not only gray, but almost blind to the service of my country.
Make the most of the hemp seed from India and sow it everywhere!
The consideration that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected will always continue to incite me to promote the progress of the former by inculcating the practice of the latter.
At a distance from the theater of action, the truth is not always related without adornments.
Partner with men of good quality, if you appreciate your reputation. Do not be able to tell news, if you do not know the truth of that. Do not speak ill of the absent ones, because it is unfair. Do not undertake what you can not do, but be careful to keep your promise. There is only one straight path, and that is to seek the truth and persecute it constantly. Only harmony, honesty, industry and frugality are necessary to make us a great and happy nation.
As I believe, extensive powers not exercised to the extent necessary have almost never failed to ruin the possessor.
… the establishment of Civil and Religious Freedom was the motive that induced me to the battlefield.
The investigation of mathematical truths accustoms mind to method and correction in reasoning, and is a peculiarly worthy employment of rational beings.
I assure you very explicitly that, in my opinion, the scruples of conscience of all men must be treated with great delicacy and tenderness: and it is my desire and desire, that the laws always accommodate them widely, as a due consideration of the The protection and the essential interests of the nation can justify and allow.
Once the woman has tempted us and we have tasted the forbidden fruit, there is nothing that can control our appetite, whatever the consequences may be.
May 12 to 13: Cannabis planted in the muddy Swamp Pit. August 7: began to separate the man from the woman when doing, rather late.
The reason, perhaps too late, can convince him of the madness of wasting time.
Everything I am, I owe to my mother.
The consideration that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected will always continue to incite me to promote the former by inculcating the practice of the latter.
Do not strive with your superiors in discussions, but always submit your judgment to others with modesty.
One of his officers, Henry Lee, summed up Washington’s contemporary public opinion: First in the war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his compatriots.
Because of this increasing discernment of the true Mason, you will find more efficient ways of applying brotherly love, relief and truth.
Persuaded that a just application of the principles, on which the Masonic Fraternity is founded, should be to promote private virtue and public prosperity, I will always be happy to promote the interests of the Society, and be considered by them as a worthy brother. .
Freemasonry is an institution founded on eternal reason and truth; whose deep base is the civilization of humanity, and whose eternal glory is to have the unshakable support of those two powerful pillars, science and morality.
Freemasonry is an order whose main star is philanthropy and whose principles inculcate an incessant devotion to the cause of virtue and morality.
Freemasonry is based on the immutable laws of Truth and Justice and its great objective is to promote the happiness of the human race.
Not all freemasons are bound in the Christian Bible. Freemasonry is universal and men of any creed are eligible to be members as long as they accept the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. Therefore, the candidate must be bound in the Book of the Sacred Law that he accepts as such since his obligation is solemn and binding.
Nowhere is one more convinced of the strong influence that Freemasonry takes on the minds and lives of those older workers in the Crafts who have achieved their highest honors and of their firm belief in the power of their teachings to purify the soul of men and increase to a new dignity and to greater heights of spirituality and practical morality.
One thing and one thing that a Masonic Lodge can offer its members, that they can not get anywhere else in the world. That one thing is Freemasonry.
Regarding the principles and doctrines of Freemasonry, I conceive that it is based on benevolence and that it is exercised only for the good of humanity.
The situation of the general government, if it can be called government, weakens to its foundation and is susceptible to being annulled by each explosion.
I argue that the maxim is not applicable to public affairs but to private matters, that honesty is always the best policy.
The fundamental principle of our constitution … imposes the sense of command, the duty to prevail the will of the majority.
To each description of the citizens, that praise be given. but allow them to persevere in their affectionate vigilance over that precious repository of American happiness, the Constitution of the United States. Let them also treasure it, for the good of those who, from all climates, daily seek a home in our land.
Sufficient character of an opposite description … My opinion is … that you could wash the white blackamore as soon as you change the principles of a prophetic democrat; and that will not leave anything unproven to overthrow the Government of this country.
Freedom, when degraded in debauchery, breeds confusion and frequently ends in tyranny or some unfortunate confusion.
I am really concerned to observe … that you should think that it is necessary to distinguish between my personal and public character, and to limit your esteem to the previous one.
By offering you, compatriots, the advice of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not expect you to make the strong and lasting impression you could wish for; They will control the usual flow of passions or prevent our nation from following the course that until now marked the destiny of nations. … to moderate the fury of the partisan spirit, to warn against the antics of foreign intrigue, to protect oneself from the impostures of the alleged patriotism; this hope will be a complete reward for the request of their welfare, for which they have been dictated.
However, when a people has become unable to govern themselves and be worthy of a teacher, it does not matter which side they come from.
Ours is a kind of struggle designed, I dare say, by Providence to test the patience, strength and virtue of men. Therefore, no one who is involved in it will suffer, I trust, to sink into difficulties or be discouraged by difficulties. If you can not do what you want, you must do what you can.
Without virtue and without integrity, the best talents and the most brilliant achievements can never obtain the respect, and conciliate the esteem, of the truly valuable part of humanity.
Patience is a noble virtue and, when exercised correctly, it does not lose its reward.
Let vice and immorality of all kinds be discouraged as much as possible in your brigade; and, as a chaplain is allowed for each regiment, to see men attend regularly during the service. Games of all kinds are expressly forbidden, since they are the basis of evil and the cause of the ruin of many valiant and brave officers and soldiers.
It has always been a source of serious reflection and sincere lament that young people in the United States should be sent to foreign countries for educational purposes. Although there are many who escape the danger of contracting unfavorable principles for republican governments, we must disapprove of the danger that ardent and susceptible minds have too strong and premature prejudices in favor of other political systems, before they are able to appreciate their own.
One of George Washington’s main concerns was to make sure that his soldiers had adequate supplies of meat: one part of the army had a week without any meat, and the rest, three or four days. Naked and hungry as they are, we can not admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiers, who have not been aroused by their suffering to a general riot and dispersion.
When we assume the Soldier, we do not leave the Citizen aside; and sincerely we will rejoice with you in the happy hour when the establishment of the American Freedom, on the firmest and solid bases allows us to return to our Private Stations in a free, peaceful and happy country.
In this auspicious period, the United States was born as a nation; and if its citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely theirs.
They will avoid … those Extended Military Establishments that … are … particularly hostile to republican freedom.
The need to seek good intelligence is evident and it is not necessary to insist more. All I have left to add is that you keep the whole thing as secret as possible. For the Secret, success depends on the majority of the Enterprizes of the type, and for lack of it, in general they are defeated, although they are well planned and promise a favorable problem.
Do not speak ill of the absent ones because it is unfair.
I hope to see the United States among the leading nations of justice and freedom.
There is no more dangerous practice than borrowing money.
We should not look back, unless it is to draw useful lessons from past mistakes, and in order to take advantage of our beloved acquired experience. Not at all against things that are past and irremediable, it is unpleasant; but to get away from the shelves and rocks that we have come across, is part of the wisdom, as typical of politicians as other men, who have their own bark, or that of others, to navigate through the intricate paths of life, or the ocean without roads, to the refuge of security and rest.
A free people must not only be armed, but disciplined; for which a uniform and well-digested plan is necessary; and their security and interest require that they promote such factories that tend to make them independent of others for essential supplies, particularly military ones.
One of the difficulties in generating changes in an organization is that it must do so through the people who have been most successful in that organization, no matter how flawed the system or organization is. For those people, as you see, is the best of all possible organizations, because look who was selected by him and see who was more successful in it. However, these are the people through whom we must bring improvements.
Firearms rank second behind the Constitution in importance; they are the teeth of the freedom of the people
The bosom of the United States is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; to whom we will welcome the participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and correction of conduct they seem to merit enjoyment.
Because if Men are prevented from offering their Feelings on an issue, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, which they can invite to the consideration of Humanity, reason does not serve us; freedom of expression can be removed, and, mute and silent, we can be led, like sheep, to the Massacre.
I have not seen any day since the beginning of the hostilities that have considered their freedoms in such an eminent danger as the current one. Now it seems that friends and enemies combine to pull the good fabric as we have been raising at the cost of so much time, blood and treasure; and unless the political bodies strive to return things to the first principles, correct abuses and punish our internal enemies, the inevitable ruin must be followed.
If, in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers is in a particular error, allow it to be corrected with an amendment in the manner designated by the Constitution. But that there is no change for usurpation; because although this, in one case, can be the instrument of good, it is the habitual weapon through which free governments are destroyed.
Enjoy it to the officers and allow them to inculcate and press the Soldiers, the Need for Order and Harmony between them, who are embarked on a common Cause, and contending each other for everything Freeman believes. I am convinced that, if the Officers strive, these Animosities, this Disorder, will greatly diminish, and nothing is more essential to the Service than it should, I hope that nothing in its Parties will be willing to affect that. .
The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism … It must be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to have in Account that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence can be coextensive with the world and mark the happiness or the political misery in the still unborn ages.
Be courteous to everyone, but intimate with few, and allow those few to be tested before giving them their trust. True friendship is a slow-growing plant, and you must submit and resist the blows of adversity before you have the right to the denomination.
A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.
In a word, if this country can move away from European politics, stand firm in its fund, and be wise and temperate in its government, it presents itself as one of the greatest and happiest nations in the world.
But if the laws are going to be trampled with such impunity, and a minority must dictate to the majority, the republican government is once and for all put out, and after that nothing but anarchy and confusion is expected …
Among the many interesting objects that will attract your attention to provide for common defense will deserve particular respect. Being prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
The great Searcher of human hearts is my witness, that I have no desire, that aspires beyond the humble and happy luck of living and dying as a private citizen in my own farm.
A variety in punishment is useful, as well as a proportion.
I never mean, unless some particular circumstances oblige, to own another slave for purchase, one of my first wishes being to approve a plan by which the law can abolish slavery in this country.
The most dangerous of all false doctrines is seasoned with a little truth. It is impossible to govern the world correctly without God and the Bible.
Let no one go hungry. If any of the types of people should have shortage of corn, meet their needs, provided that this does not encourage them to inactivity.
… the benefit derived from the moderate use of strong liquor has been experienced in all armies, and will not be contested.
Be easy and condescending in your conduct with your officers, but not too familiar, so that you do not submit to a lack of respect, which is necessary to support an adequate command.
Passionate attachment to another nation produces a variety of ills … the illusion of common interests where there are no true common interests; adopting the enmities of the other; and participation in the fights and wars of the other without any justification. Still another evil is that such a passionate attachment gives ambitious, corrupt or deceived citizens the ease of betraying or sacrificing the interests of their own country.
Considering that it is the duty of all nations to recognize the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to thank his benefits and humbly implore his protection and favor, and considering that both Houses of Congress have requested by their joint Commission 78 “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of gratitude and public prayer to be observed acknowledging with grateful hearts the many favors of Almighty God, especially by giving them the opportunity to peacefully establish a form of government for their safety and happiness
One of the resources of the party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and objectives of other districts.
A pack of jackasses led by a lion is superior to a pack of lions led by a jackass.
Few men have the virtue to resist the highest bidder, especially when the highest bidder is simply the owner of the eBay auction by raising the price of his own item by bidding with a separate account.
My opinion with regard to immigration is that, except for the useful mechanics and some particular description of men and professions, there is no use of encouragement.
What separates the American Christian from any other person on earth is the fact that he prefers to die on his feet rather than live on his knees.
When one side of a story is often heard and repeated, the human mind is imperceptibly impressed.
To rectify the mistakes of the past is impossible, but we could take advantage of their experience.
That a national university in this country is something that should be desired, has always been my decided opinion.
The total happiness of society, which is best promoted through the practice of a virtuous policy, is, or should be, the end of all government.
This is our true policy of moving away from permanent alliances, with any part of the foreign world.
Not only do I pray for it, as far as human dignity is concerned, but I can clearly foresee that nothing more than the rooting of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union, by consolidating it into a common bond of principles.
We should never despair, our previous situation has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, I will do it again. If new difficulties arise, we should only present New Efforts and provide our Efforts to the demands of the times.
I do not pretend to completely exclude the idea of patriotism. I know he exists, and I know he has done a lot in the present contest. But I will dare to say that a great and lasting war can never be supported solely by this principle. It must be helped by a prospect of interest or some reward.
We must consult Brother Jonathon.
Happiness depends more on the inner frame of a person’s own mind than on external things in the world.
I heard the bullets whistle; and believe me, there is something lovely in the sound.
Against the insidious tricks of foreign influence, the jealousy of a free people should be constantly awake.
It would be repugnant to the vital principles of our government to virtually exclude public trusts, talents and virtues, unless they are accompanied by wealth.
Such, for wise purposes is presumed, is the turbulence of human passions in partisan disputes, when the victory, more than the truth, is the palm of the hand, that the position of honor is a private station.
Any attempt to remove any part of our country from the rest should be outraged and disapproved.
Lenity will operate with greater force, in some cases, than rigor. Therefore, it is my first desire that all my behavior be distinguished by it.
It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary source of popular government.
When a people has become incapable of governing themselves, and is worthy of a teacher, it does not matter which side they come from.
Persevere in duty and silence is the best answer for slander.
One can never wait for the heavenly smiles of a nation that ignores the eternal rules of order and law, which heaven itself has ordained.
Avoiding spending occasions by cultivating peace, we must also remember that timely disbursements to prepare for danger often prevent much larger expenditures to repel it.
This is our true policy of moving away from permanent alliances, with any part of the outside world, until now, I mean, since we are now at liberty to do so.
It is [the game]the son of greed, the brother of iniquity and the father of mischief.
Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, to entangle our peace and prosperity in the works of European ambition, rivalry, interest, humor or caprice?
Why give up the advantages of such a peculiar situation? – Why leave ours to be in strange territory? – Why, when intertwining our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the works of European ambition, rivalry, interest, humor or caprice?
The power to make war often prevents it, and in our case it would give effect to our desire for peace.
Where are our men of skills? Why do not they come to save their country?
There is no more talk of tolerance, as if it were the indulgence of one class of people, another enjoying the exercise of their inherent natural rights. Because happily the government of the United States, which does not grant any sanction to fanaticism, to persecution without help, only requires that those who live under its protection degrade themselves as good citizens.
It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati and the principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied with this fact than I am.
the more difficult the conflict, the greater the triumph.
I am unwilling, on the night of a life almost consumed in public care, to leave a peaceful abode for an Ocean of difficulties
I have already suggested the danger of parties in the state, with particular reference to the foundation of them in geographical discrimination. Let me now have a more complete vision, and warn you in the most solemn way against the pernicious effects of the party spirit, in general.
What amazing changes are capable of producing some years! They tell me that even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror. Thinking keeps talking, from there to acting is often a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous! What a triumph for the defenders of despotism to discover that we are incapable of governing ourselves, and that systems based on equality of freedom are merely ideals and fallacies! I would tell God that wise steps can be taken in time to avoid the consequences we have, but there are too many reasons to apprehend them.
One of the resources of the party to acquire influence, within particular districts, is to misrepresent the opinions and objectives of other districts. They can not protect themselves too much from the jealousies and heart burns that arise from these misrepresentations; they tend to make strangers among themselves those who should be united by brotherly affection.
It is absolutely necessary … for me to have people who can think for me, as well as execute orders.
The basis of our national policy will be based on the pure and immutable principle of private morality.
Harmony, liberal relations with all nations, are recommended by politics, humanity and interest.
I am very sorry that the disputes between the Protestants and the Roman Catholics are brought to the alarming and grave height mentioned in their letters. Religious controversies always produce more enmity and irreconcilable hatreds than those that arise from any other cause; and he did not lack hope that the enlightened and liberal politics of the present time would have effectively stopped disputes of this kind.
In executing the duties of my current important station, I can not promise anything other than the purity of intentions and, in carrying them out, fidelity and diligence.
But for an unfortunate event is not favorable to my reputation, I pray that all the gentlemen in the room that I have today can remember with the greatest sincerity, I do not consider myself equal to the order with which I feel honored.
Let us encourage and encourage one another, and let us show the whole world that a free man, fighting for freedom on his own ground, is superior to any slave mercenary on earth.
It does well to want to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a bigger and happier people than you. The Congress will do everything possible to help you in this wise intention …
It is wonderful what we can do if we are always doing.
What is more important in this great experiment, the United States? Not the election of the first president but the election of his second president. The peaceful transition of power is what will separate this country from all other countries in the world.
We also had quitters during the Revolution … we called them ‘Kentuckians’.
What students would learn in American schools, above all, is the religion of Jesus Christ.
When men get irritated and passions inflame, they fly agilely and hastily to arms; but after the first emotions have ended, to wait, among such people, to compose most of an army, to be influenced by other principles than those of interest, is to look for what never happened, and I fear that it will never happen
The great mass of our citizens only needs to understand the issues correctly, to make correct decisions.
Now, therefore, I recommend and assign Thursday, November 26, to be dedicated by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all that was good, that is, or that will be
At my age, and in my circumstances, what sinister object or personal emolument did I have to look for in this life? The growing diseases of age and the growing love for retirement, confirm daily my decided predilection for domestic life: and the great Seeker of human hearts is my witness, I do not wish, who aspires beyond the humble and happy life of live and die a private citizen in my own farm.
Integrity and firmness is all I can promise; These, whether the journey is long or short, will never leave me, even if all men abandon me. For the consolations that derive from these (under no circumstances), the world can not deprive me.
As a young heir, we come a little prematurely to a great inheritance, we will be flattered and unveiled until we have brought our reputation to the brink of ruin, and then, like him, we will have to work with the stream of opinion, when HE COMPLETE, perhaps, to do what prudence and common politics pointed out, as clear as any problem in Euclid, in the first instance.
The time has come to determine whether Americans should be free men or slaves; if they are going to have any property they can call their own; if their houses and farms must be plundered and destroyed, and they themselves confined to a state of misery from which no human effort can deliver them. The destiny of millions of people to be born will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and implacable enemy leaves us only the option of brave resistance or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.
The spirit of intrusion tends to consolidate the powers of all departments into one, and thus create any form of government, a real despotism. A fair estimate of that love of power, and the propensity to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is enough to satisfy us of the truth of this position.
We began a contest for freedom with the means for war, trusting in our patriotism to supply the deficiency. We expected to meet many needs and distressed, we must endure the evils and strength present.
Because if Men are prevented from offering their Feelings on an issue, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, which they can invite to the consideration of Humanity, reason does not serve us; the freedom of expression can be removed, and silent and silent we can be taken, like sheep, to the Massacre.
I have only been an instrument in the hands of Providence.
I went to church and fasted all day.
No man has a more perfect dependence on the dispensations of the Supreme and Supreme Being than I do, nor does he believe that his help is more necessary.
For me, the delay [in assuming the office of the President]can be compared to a postponement; in confidence, I assure you that with the world I would get little credit that my movements to the government chair are accompanied by feelings not very different from those of a guilty party who goes to the place of his execution: so unwilling am I, on the night of a life almost consumed in public care, to leave a peaceful abode for an Ocean of difficulties, without that competition of political ability, skills and inclination that is necessary to handle the rudder.
Oh, the most glorious God … Direct my thoughts, words and deeds, wash my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb, and purify my heart with your Holy Spirit … Frame me more and more every day in the likeness of your Son Jesus Christ … You have given your Son death for me, and you have assured me salvation …
His love for freedom, his respect for the laws, his habits of industry and his practice of moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims of national and individual happiness.
As I have heard, since my arrival in this place, a circumstantial account of my death and my dying speech, I take this first opportunity to contradict the first and assure him that I have not yet composed the last one. But by the Providence All-Powerful Provisions, I have been protected beyond all probability or human expectation; because I had four bullets in my coat, and two horses shot me under, but I escaped unharmed, although death was leveling my companions on each side of me!
I never have to grope for methods. The method is revealed at the moment I am inspired to create something new. Without God to remove the curtain, he would be helpless.
Now I pray fervently for God to have you and the State on which you preside over His holy protection … so that He would kindly take pleasure in arranging us all to do justice, love mercy and degrade us with that charity, humility and peaceful temperament that were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, without a humble imitation whose example in these things, we can never expect to be a happy nation.
May the same wonderful Deity, who for a long time liberated the Hebrews from their Egyptian oppressors and planted them in the promised land, whose providential agency has been conspicuous in recent times to establish these United States as an independent nation, still continue to irrigate them with the dew of Heaven and to make the inhabitants of each denomination participate in the temporal and spiritual blessings of those people whose God is Jehovah.
As a very important source of strength and security, value public credit.
The general demands and awaits with more vehemence a due observance of those articles of war, established for the government of the army, which prohibit profane curses, oaths and drunkenness; and in the same way it requires and expects, from all the officers and soldiers, not engaged in real duty, a punctual assistance to the divine service, to implore the blessings of heaven on the means used for our security and defense.
Allow me now … to warn you in the most solemn way against the nefarious effects of the party spirit. … The common and continuous antics of the party spirit are enough to make the interest and duty of a wise people discourage and contain it. It always serves to distract public councils and weaken public administration. Shake the community with unfounded jealousy and false alarms; ignite the animosity of one part against another. … In purely elective governments, [the spirit of the party]is a spirit that should not be encouraged.
The purity of morality [is]the only sure base of public happiness in any country.
While we jealously carry out the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly should not be attentive to the higher duties of religion. For the distinguished Patriot character, it should be our greatest glory to add Christian’s most distinguished character.
If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed in the Convention in which I had the honor of presiding could endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, I certainly would never have put my signature on it.
There is a range due to the United States among the nations, which will be retained, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.
To ensure respect for a neutral flag an organized naval force is required and ready to vindicate it for insult or aggression.
It is also important that the habits of thought in a free country inspire caution to those in charge of their administration, so that they are limited to their respective constitutional spheres; avoiding in the exercise of the Powers of one department invading another.
The precedents are dangerous things; that the reins of government be sustained and sustained with a firm hand, and any violation of the Constitution be reprimanded: if it is defective, that it be amended, but that it should not be trampled while it exists.
Take care of the waste on the farm and convert it into useful channels’ should be the motto of each farmer.
The finite mind of man can never grasp the mysteries of the infinite. It is the highest wisdom, as is our great happiness, accept our limitations, use what we have and leave the rest to God.
His proposal poses the greatest mischief that can happen to my country. I could not have found a person for whom their schemes are more unpleasant. Allow me to conjure you, if you have any respect for your country, concern for you or for posterity, or respect for me, to banish these thoughts from your mind, never communicate, like you or anyone else, with a feeling of how nature
Since my father died four years ago, our lives have become difficult, and I have to help my family.
My death has not yet arrived at all, but it is almost inevitable as the night follows the day.
The tumultuous population of the big cities must be feared. Its indiscriminate violence prostrates all public authorities for the time being, and its consequences are sometimes extensive and terrible.
The foundations of our national policy will be based on the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government will be exemplified with all the attributes that can win the affection of its citizens and conquer the respect of the world.
Where is the security of property, of reputation, of life, if the sense of religious obligation suspends the oaths? . . ?
The Hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that it must be worse than an infidel who lacks faith, and more than evil, who does not have enough gratitude to recognize his obligations.
Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with everyone. Religion and morals prevent this behavior; And can it be that a good policy does not prevent it equally?
Our cause is noble; It is the cause of humanity!
May the children of Abraham who dwell on this earth continue to deserve and enjoy the goodwill of the other inhabitants, while each one will sit safely under his own vine and fig tree, and there will be no one to frighten him. May the father of all mercies spread light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us useful to all in our various vocations here, and in their due time and happy eternal way.
A tribute . . it is due to talents, righteousness and patriotism, which adorn the selected characters to devise and adopt [the Constitution]. In these honorable qualifications I see the surest promises that, on the one hand, without local prejudices or attachments, or separate points of view, or partisan animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equitable eye that should guard this great set of communities and interests. ; then, in another, that the foundation of our national policy will be based on the pure and immutable principles of private morality.
No country on earth ever had more power to obtain these blessings than the United States. Wonderfully strange, then, and much of what we should regret, would be if we neglected the means and moved away from the path that Providence has so clearly pointed out to us; I can not believe that it ever happens.
We are a united people, or we are not. If the first, in all subjects of general interest, we act as a nation, which have a national purpose to promote and a national character to support. If we are not, let’s stop acting like a farce by pretending it.
Having finished the work assigned to me, I retire from the great theater of action; and saying goodbye affectionately to this body of August under whose orders I have acted for so long, here I offer my commission and dismiss myself from all the jobs of public life.
Happy, three times happy will be pronounced in the future, who have contributed something, who have carried out the worst office by erecting this wonderful factory of Liberty and Empire on the broad base of Independence; that have helped protect the rights of human nature and establish an asylum for the poor and oppressed of all nations and religions.
It is still to be decided if the Revolution should be considered finally as a blessing or a curse: a blessing or a curse, not only at the present age, since with our destiny the destiny of the millions of unborn children will be involved.
[T] he time is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army depend, and the security of our bleeding country. Remember officers and soldiers, who are free men, who fight for the blessings of freedom, that slavery will be their portion, and that of their posterity, if they are not absolved as men.
I am now . . on a subject, that fills me with an inexpressible concern. . . . But as it has been a kind of destiny that has led me to this service, I hope that my commitment is designed to respond to a good purpose.
Next Monday the Convention will meet in Virginia; We still have good hopes of its adoption here, although without a great plurality of votes. South Carolina has probably decided favorably before this time. The plot thickens quickly. A few weeks will determine the political destiny of America for the current generation, and will probably produce a non-small influence on the happiness of society through a long succession of ages to come.
In general, I doubt if the benefits of the opposition to the Constitution, the opposition to the Constitution, will ultimately produce more than good. He has invoked, in his defense, abilities that may not have been exercised in any other way that have thrown a new light on the science of government, he has granted the rights of man a full and just discussion, and he has explained them clearly and in a forced way, as it can not fail to cause a lasting impression.
May the father of all mercies spread light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us useful in all our various useful vocations here, and in their due time and happy eternal way.
The houses of Congress have. . . He asked me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of thanksgiving and public prayer, to be observed by recognizing, with grateful hearts, the many favors of Almighty God.
You can not devise taxes that are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant.
As I pay, Lord, I ask for license to assure the Congress that, as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous work at the expense of my domestic facility and happiness, I do not wish to make any benefit from it.
Being a politician makes your hair turn white.
In general, I consider it a good maxim, that the best way to preserve people’s trust in a lasting way is to promote their true interest
The minds of men are as varied as their faces. When the reasons for their actions are pure, the operation of the former is no longer imputable to them as a crime, but the appearance of the latter; for both, being the work of nature, they are equally inevitable.
Play, not the peacock, looking around you everywhere, to see if you are well covered.
The liberality of mutual feeling, which marks all the political and religious denominations of men in this country, has no parallel in the history of nations.
We take the star of Heaven, the red one of our country, separating it with white stripes, showing that we have separated from it, and the white stripes will pass to the posterity that represents freedom.
The government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is strength Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful teacher.
The same atmosphere of firearms anywhere and anywhere curbs the interference of evil: they deserve a place of honor with all that is right.
The wonder of the whole story is the patience with which men and women submit to the burdens that their governments impose on them unnecessarily.
We are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens, and that where justice prevails among individuals, the Nation will be great and happy. Therefore, while the government only protects everyone in their religious rights, the true religion gives the government the most secure support.
I can only say that there is no living man who desires more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.
The administration of justice is the strongest pillar of government.
As I am not a fan of myself, I am willing to please the professors of Christianity in the church on that path to heaven that will seem the most direct, the simplest, the easiest and the least susceptible to exception.
Citizens by birth or option of a common country, that country has the right to concentrate their affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, should always exalt the just pride of patriotism, more than any denomination derived from local discriminations.
The Constitution that exists at any time, “until it is changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People is sacredly obligatory for all.”
The foundation of a great Empire is established, and I am pleased with a persuasion, that Providence will not leave its imperfect work.
My fervent supplications to that Almighty who rules over the universe; who presides over the councils of the nations; and whose providential help can supply all human defects; that his blessing may consecrate the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States, a government instituted by them for these essential purposes, and may allow each instrument employed in his administration to successfully perform the functions assigned to his office. By offering this tribute to the Great Author of each public and private good.
No pecuniary consideration is more urgent than regular redemption and the dismissal of the public debt: in none can it take longer to be harmful, or in a more valuable time economy.
Harmony, the liberal relationship with all nations, are recommended by politics, humanity and interest. But even our commercial policy must have an equal and impartial hand: neither seek nor grant exclusive favors or preferences; consult the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying gently means trade flows, but not forcing anything; establish with powers so disposed; to give the trade a stable course.
The inducements of interest to observe a neutral behavior. . . it has been to strive to gain time in our country to establish and mature its still recent institutions, and to progress without interruption, to that degree of strength and coherence, which is necessary to give it, humanly speaking, the domain of its own fortunes.
“It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary source of popular government.” The rule of fact extends with more or less force to every kind of free government.
There exists in the economy and the course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and happiness; for we must not be less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected in a nation that ignores the eternal rules of order and law, which Heaven itself has ordained.
Is . . . the choice of citizens, and depends on their behavior, whether they will be respectable and prosperous, or as despicable and miserable as a Nation. This is the time of your political conditional release; This is the moment when the eyes of the world turn on them.
It is not likely that our conflict will cease as soon as every good man wants it. The measure of iniquity is not yet full; and unless we can go back a bit more to the first principles, and act a little more on patriotic ground, I do not know when the theme of the contest will be or will be. Speculation-speculation-absorbing-anticipating-with all its concomitants, provides too much melancholy evidence of the decay of public virtue; and too obvious examples that it is the interest and desire of too many, who wish to be considered friends, to continue the war.
Form a new government requires infinite care and unlimited attention; because if the base is badly placed, the superstructure must be bad.
This government, the offshoot of its own choosing, uninfluenced and unprotected, adopted a full investigation and a mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy and containing in itself a disposition for its own amendment, has a fair claim of your trust and your support.
The very idea of power and the right of people to establish a government presupposes the duty of each individual to obey the established government.
The establishment of our new government seemed to be the last great experiment to promote human happiness through a reasonable agreement in civil society. It would be, in the first instance, to a considerable degree a government of accommodation as well as a government of laws. Much was done for prudence, much for conciliation, much for firmness.
But if a foreign power tells us. . . What we will do and what we will not do, we have the Independence still to be sought, and we have held so far for very little.
Against the insidious tricks of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe you are fellow citizens), the jealousy of a free people should be constantly awake; since the history and the experience demonstrate that the foreign influence is one of the most nefarious enemies of the republican government.
Honesty will be found in each experiment, to be the best and only true policy; Let us, as a nation, be righteous.
It is madness in a nation to seek disinterested favors from another nation; that he must pay with a part of his Independence for what he can accept under that character; that by such acceptance, it can be placed on the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favors and, however, of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than waiting, or calculating about real favors from Nation to Nation. It is an illusion that experience must heal, that just pride should rule out.
My policy has been, and will continue to be, while I have the honor to remain in the administration of the government, to be on friendly terms with all the nations of the earth, but independently of them. To share in the grill of none. To fulfill our own commitments. To supply the desires and be carriers of all of them: to be completely convinced that it is our policy and interest to do so.
My anxious memories, my feeling of sympathy and my best wishes are irresistibly excited when, in any country, I see that an oppressed nation unfolds the banners of freedom.
The nation that gives itself to others a habitual hatred, or a habitual hobby, is to a certain degree a slave. He is a slave to his animosity or affection, any of which is enough to divert him from his duty and interest.
The sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where there is no real common interest and instills in one the enmities of the other, betrays the first in a participation in the fights and wars of the latter without induction adequate or justification.
Against the insidious tricks of foreign influence. . . the jealousy of a free people should be constantly awake.
The duty to maintain a neutral conduct can be deduced, without further ado, from the obligation that justice and humanity impose on each nation, in cases where it is free to act, to maintain the relations of peace and friendship with other nations inviolate.
I rejoice for that freedom. . . now he finds an asylum in a regularly organized government; a government that, formed to ensure the happiness of the French people, corresponds to the ardent desires of my heart, while gratifying the pride of every citizen of the United States, for its resemblance to his.
The establishment of Civil and Religious Freedom was the Motive that induced me to the Field – the goal is reached – and now it remains my fervent desire and prayer, that the Citizens of the United States can make wise and virtuous use of the blessings placed In front of them.
Democratic states must always feel before they can see: this is what makes their governments slow, but people will finally be right.
The Army (considering the irritable state in which it finds itself, its suffering and composition) is a dangerous instrument to play.
If we are still a single people, under an efficient government, the period is not far away, when we can challenge a major injury by external discomfort; when we can adopt an attitude that can scrupulously neutralize the neutrality we can at any time; when the belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions on us, do not threaten to provoke us slightly; when we can choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, will advise.
There is nothing so likely to produce peace as being well prepared to face the enemy.
Nothing less than self respect and that the justice that is essential to a national character should involve us in the war.
The military arrangement and the movements accordingly, like the mechanism of a clock, will be imperfect and disordered by the lack of a part.
I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can not hear except with veneration and love.
Without compacts between men. . . it can be pronounced eternal and inviolable, and if I can express myself like that, that there is no wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to oppose the torrent of ambition without limits on the one hand, aided by the current of moral sap corrupt in the other.
The first transactions of a nation, like those of an individual in his first entry into life, cause the most profound impression and must form the main features of his character.
They do not conceive that fine clothes are good men, just as thin feathers are not fine birds. A simple and distinguished dress is more admired and gets more credit than lace and embroidery in the Eyes of sensible and sensible.
It seems to me, then, a little less than a miracle, that the Delegates of so many different States. . . they should unite to form a system of national government, so little susceptible to well-founded objections.
No morning dawned more favorable than ours; and no day was more cloudy than the present! Wisdom and good examples are needed at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.
Jealousy and local politics are too mixed in all our public councils for good governance of the Union. In short, the confederation seems to me to be little more than a shadow without substance. . . .
It is very likely that no plan we propose will be adopted. Maybe another terrible conflict will be sustained. Yes, to please people, we offer what we disapprove, how can we defend our work afterwards? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.
My wish is that the Convention does not adopt any temporizing measures, but that it investigates the defects of the Constitution, that is, the Articles of Confederation to the end, and provides radical cures.
The business is thus closed. . . They dined together and said goodbye cordially. After which I returned to my lodgings, did some business and received the documents of the Secretary of the Convention, and retired to meditate on the momentous work that had been carried out.
Do not leave anything to the uncertainty of acquiring a war machine at the time of public danger.
Only on large occasions, and after a given time for a cold and deliberate reflection, can you know the real voice of the people.
The unity of government that constitutes a town is also dear to you now. It is precisely this way, since it is a main pillar in the building of its real independence, the support of its tranquility in the home, its peace abroad, its security, its prosperity, that same freedom that it appreciates so much.
The need for reciprocal controls in the exercise of political power, dividing and distributing it in different depositaries, and constituting each the guardian of the public welfare against the invasions of others, has been evidenced by ancient and modern experiments, some of them in our country and under our own eyes.
If States reject this excellent Constitution, the likelihood is that one opportunity will never again offer the cancellation of another in peace; the next one will be drawn in blood.
The great rule of conduct for us, with respect to foreign nations, is to expand our commercial relations to have the least possible political connection … Why, by intertwining our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the works of European ambition, rivalry, interest, humor or caprice … It is our true policy to move away from permanent alliances with any part of the outside world.
They (the Jews) work more effectively against us, than the enemy armies. They are a hundred times more dangerous for our freedoms and the great cause in which we are involved … It is unfortunate that each state, a long time ago, has not persecuted them as a plague for society and the greatest enemies we have for the happiness of America
In time of peace, prepare for war.
The foundation of our Empire was not established in the dark age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at a time when the rights of humanity were better understood and defined more clearly than in any previous period.
I will move gently through the current of life until I go to bed with my parents.
Always speak the truth
Nothing is more strange to my chest, or a sin that my soul hates more than that black and detestable, ingratitude.
The United States enjoys a scene of prosperity and tranquility under the new government that could hardly have been expected.
All Freemasonry should be dissolved in America because our organization has been infiltrated by the Illuminati and they have a bad intention for America and the World
I am sure that it was never a people, that it had more reasons to recognize a divine interposition in its affairs, than those of the United States; and I would be sad to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which so often manifested itself during our Revolution, or that they did not consider the omnipotence of that God who is the only one capable of protecting them.
The example, whether good or bad, has a powerful influence.
Do not undertake what you can not do, but be careful to keep your promise.
Let me live according to those holy rules that You have prescribed today in Your Holy Word … direct me to the true object, Jesus Christ, the way, the truth and the life. Bless, O Lord, all the people of this earth.
I die hard but I am not afraid to go.
The Indians and the wolves are beasts of prey, although they differ in their form.
Father, I can not tell a lie. I did it with my little ax.
I shall never ask, never refuse, nor ever resign an office.
The company in which you will improve most will be least expensive to you.
We should amuse our evening hours of life in cultivating the tender plants, and bringing them to perfection, before they are transplanted to a happier clime.
We must take care always to keep ourselves, by suitable establishments, in a respectable defensive posture.
An ambassador has no need of spies; his character is always sacred.
All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external happiness of elevated office.
Precedents are dangerous things; let the rein of government then be braced and held with a steady hand.
The pure and benign light of revelation has had a meliorating influence on mankind.
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.
Influence is not government.
It is among the evils, and perhaps not the smallest, of democratical governments, that the people must feel before they will see. When this happens they are roused to action. Hence it is that those kinds of government are so slow.
It is to be lamented that great characters are seldom without a blot.
If we mean to support the liberty and independence which has cost us so much blood and treasure to establish, we must drive far away the demon of party spirit and local reproach.
There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity.
Providence has done, and I am persuaded is disposed to do, a great deal for us; but we are not to forget the fable of Jupiter and the countryman.
It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.
Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of our blessed religion we can never hope to be a happy nation.
Submit your sentiments with diffidence. A dictatorial style, though it may carry conviction, is always accompanied with disgust.
The thinking part of mankind do not form their judgment from events; and their equity will ever attach equal glory to those actions which deserve success, and those which have been crowned with it.
There is no restraining men’s tongues or pens when charged with a little vanity.
I will never ask, I will never refuse, nor will I renounce an office.
The company where you will improve will be less expensive for you.
We should have fun during the afternoons of life growing the tender plants and bringing them to perfection before they are transplanted to a happier climate.
We must always take care to maintain ourselves, through appropriate establishments, in a respectable defensive position.
An ambassador has no need for spies; his character is always sacred
Everyone sees, and most admire, the radiance that surrounds the external happiness of the elevated position.
The precedents are dangerous things; Let the reins of the government prepare and hold with a firm hand.
The pure and benign light of revelation has had a meliorative influence on humanity.
The friendship I have conceived will not be harmed by the absence; but it can be an unpleasant circumstance to clarify the chain by renewing the covenant.
Influence is not government.
It is one of the evils, and perhaps not the smallest, of democratic governments, that people must feel before seeing. When this happens, they are put into action. Therefore, it is that this type of government is very slow.
It is to be regretted that the great characters are seldom without blemish.
If we want to support the freedom and independence that have cost us so much blood and treasure, we must take the devil away from the spirit of the party and the local reproach.
There is an indissoluble union between a magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and happiness.
Providence has done, and I am convinced that he is willing to do it, a great deal for us; but we must not forget the fable of Jupiter and the compatriot.
It will be worthy of a free nation, enlightened and, at no time distant, great, to give to humanity the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.
Without a humble imitation of the divine author of our blessed religion, we can never expect to be a happy nation.
Send your feelings with distrust. A dictatorial style, although it can lead to conviction, is always accompanied by disgust.
The thinking part of humanity does not form its judgment from events; and their equity will ever grant the same glory to those actions that deserve success, and those that have been crowned with it.
There is no restriction for the tongues or feathers of men when they are loaded with a small dressing table.
I never say anything about a man who has the slightest scruple to tell him.
If there were the same propensity in humanity to investigate the reasons, as to censure the behavior, of the public figures, it would be found that censorship freely granted is often undeserved and uncharitable.
It is up to each person of any description to contribute to the welfare of their country.
Let us impart all the blessings we have, or ask ourselves, to the whole family of humanity.
My brave companions, that no sense of satisfaction for the triumphs they have won will induce them to insult their fallen enemy. Let no shouting or clamoring huzzaing increase your mortification. For us it is enough that we witness his humiliation. Huzza posterity for us.
For the efficiency and permanence of your union, a government for the whole is indispensable.
Where is the man who wishes to remain indebted for the defense of his own person and property before the efforts, courage and blood of others, without making a single generous effort to pay the debt of honor and gratitude?
My way of living is clear and I do not want them to abandon me. A glass of wine and some lamb are always ready.
I go to the presidency of the government with feelings similar to those of the culprit who goes to the place of his execution.
I have always expressed my firm opinion that no nation has the right to intervene in the internal concerns of another; that everyone had the right to form and adopt the government they most liked to live under themselves;
Freedom is, in fact, little less than a name, where the government is too weak to resist the faction’s businesses, to confine each member of society within the limits prescribed by law, and to keep everything in the Enjoy safe and quiet.
Power under the Constitution will always be in people.
I was not a party man either, and the first wish of my heart was, if the parties existed, to reconcile them.
Arts and Sciences, essential for the prosperity of the State and for the ornament of human life, have a main claim to encourage all lovers of their country and of humanity.
The Stamp Act imposed on the colonies by the Parliament of Great Britain is a misjudged measure. Parliament has no right to put their hands in their pockets without our consent.
I grant that knowledge of books is the basis on which another knowledge will be built.
I would dare to say that men would fight very well if they were properly informed, although they are extremely dirty and unpleasant people.
The Army, as usual, has no salary; and a large part of the soldiery without shirts; and although their patience is similarly shabby, the States seem perfectly indifferent to their cries.
To collect in cash for the saddlery, a briefcase, maps, glasses, etc., etc. for the use of my Command: 29 pounds 13 shillings and sixpence … To the travel expenses of Mrs. Washington upon arriving and returning from my winter quarters, the money to pay for what I took out of my private purse: 1064 pounds, one shilling.
A half-hearted and hungry government, always moving on crutches and staggering at every step …
States separately have very inadequate ideas about the current danger. Inter-party disputes and personal fights are the big deal of the day, while the nation’s concerns are secondary.
Even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror.
avoiding also the accumulation of debts, not only avoiding occasions of expense, but also vigorous efforts in time of peace to liquidate the debts, which inevitable wars may have caused, not generous throwing on posterity the burden, that we ourselves should bear.
No measure can be more desirable, whether one considers its intrinsic importance, or the general feeling and desire of the Nation, than to establish a systematic and effective arrangement for the redemption and regular disbursement of the public debt.
There is nothing that gives a consequence to man, and makes him fit for command, as a support that makes him independent of all but the state he serves.
May Heaven to this Union continue its beneficence
A thin acquaintance with the world must convince every man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of his friends, and that the most liberal professions of good will are far from being the safest of them. I would be glad that my own experience has provided less examples of the little dependence that should be assigned to them.
I’m just going Make me bury decently; and do not let my body be put in the Vault in less than three days after I’m dead … It’s okay.
I have the consolation of believing that, although election and prudence invite me to leave the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it.
Impressed with the conviction that the proper administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government, I have considered the first agreement of the judicial department as essential for the happiness of our country and for the stability of its political system.
Tolerance is no longer spoken of, as if it were for the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.
Nothing is more essential than permanent and inveterate antipathies against particular nations and passionate links with others should be excluded; and that, instead of them, fair and friendly feelings should be cultivated towards everyone.
Our cruel and implacable enemy leaves us only the option of brave resistance or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.
The citizens of the United States of America have the right to applaud themselves for having given humanity examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of being imitated. All have the same freedom of conscience and citizenship immunities.
The common and continuous antics of the party spirit are sufficient for the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and contain it.
Thirteen sovereignties pulling one from the other and all pulling the federal head, will soon bring ruin in general.
Anticipating and preventing disastrous contingencies would be part of wisdom and patriotism.
On all occasions we should avoid a general Action, or put something to the Risque, unless it is bound by a need, in which we should never be attracted.
The best way to have peace is to always be prepared to fight for a way.
Leadership not only has a vision, but also the courage, discipline and resources to take it there.
However, I praise him for spending time in the most joyful way possible; It is certainly better to go to laughter than to cry for the rough journey of life.
I consider it an undoubted mark of pettiness and pitiful vanity for the applause of the court of the pen or the tongue of man.
It is not the lowest priced products that are always the cheapest: quality is, or should be, both an object for the buyer, and the price.
I wish to see the sons and daughters of the world at peace and busy employees in the most enjoyable fun of fulfilling the first and great commandment, to increase and multiply: as an encouragement to which we have opened the fertile plains of the Ohio to the poor, the needy and the the oppressed of the Earth; Therefore, anyone who is loaded with cargo or who wants to cultivate the land, can repair there and abound, as in the promised land, with milk and honey: the roads are being prepared, and the roads will be easy, through the channels. of Potomac and the James River.
The possibility that a good general government will soon be established in America in all human probabilities gives me a more substantial satisfaction; that I have never before derived from any political event. Because there is a rational basis to believe that not only the happiness of my own compatriots will be promoted, but that of humanity in general.
Hopefully the constitution, which is offered, would have become more perfect; but I sincerely believe that it is the best that can be obtained at this moment. And, as a constitutional door for amendments is opened next, the adoption of it, in the current circumstances of the Union, is in my opinion desirable.
Speak rarely, but to important issues, except those that are particularly related to your constituents, and, in the first case, perfectly masters the subject.
If we can not learn wisdom from experience, it is difficult to say where it is.
I will take my present permission, but not without recourse once again to the benign Father of the Human Race in prayer of humble petition that … His divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in … the wise measures upon which the success of this Government must depend
It would be peculiarly wrong to omit in this first official act my fervent pleas to that Almighty who rules over the universe, who presides over the councils of nations, and whose providential aid can supply all human defects …
The eyes of all our compatriots are now upon us, and we will have their blessings and praises, if we are fortunately the instruments to save them from the tyranny meditated against them.
Let us trust, therefore, in the goodness of the cause and in the help of the supreme Being, in whose hands there is victory, to encourage and encourage us to great and noble actions.
The Commander in Chief indicates that the Divine service will be held every Sunday at 11 o’clock … It is expected that officers of all ranks, for their assistance, will be an example for their men.
Take care of the waste on the farm and convert it into useful channels “should be the motto of each farmer.
My burning desire is … to keep the United States free of political connections with any other country. To see that they can be independent of all, and under the influence of none.
Not only am I removed from all public jobs, but I am retiring within myself, and I will be able to see the lonely walk and walk the paths of private life with sincere satisfaction.
Offensive operations, many times, are the safest, if not the only, means of defense.
For the security of a free Constitution, knowledge contributes in various ways: by teaching people to know and value their own rights, to discern and prevent invasions from them, to distinguish between oppression and the necessary exercise of legal authority, between charges derived from a contempt for their convenience and those resulting from the inevitable demands of society.
Because it is a fixed principle with me, that everything that is done must be done well.
Be courteous to all, but personal with the number of, and allow those couples to try perfectly before you, give them their self-confidence.
It is impossible to reason without reaching a Supreme Being. Religion is as necessary to reason, as the reason is for religion.
I have never been communicative.
Almighty God, we make our fervent prayer to keep the United States in your holy protection …
You will permit me to say, that a greater drama is now acting on this theatre than has heretofore been brought on the American tage, or any other in the world. We exhibit at present the novel and astonishing spectacle of a whole people deliberating calmly on what form of government will be most conducive to their happiness; and deciding with an unexpected degree of unanimity in favour of a system which they conceive calculated to answer the purpose.
Let me … warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party.
The alternate triumphs of different parties … make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels.
The spirit of party serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another.
The spirit of party opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions.
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.
It exists under different shapes in all Governments…but in those of the popular form it is seen in its greatest rankness and is truly their worst enemy.
The adoption of the Constitution will demonstrate as visibly the finger of Providence as any possible event in the course of human affairs can ever designate it.
A part of the plan for creating discord, is, I perceive, to make me say things of others, and others of me, wch. have no foundation in truth. The first, in many instances I know to be the case; and the second I believe to be so; but truth or falsehood is immaterial to them, provided their objects are promoted.
A people unused to restraint must be led, they will not be drove.
Unhappy it is though to reflect, that a Brother’s Sword has been sheathed in a Brother’s breast, and that, the once happy and peaceful plains of America are either to be drenched with Blood, or Inhabited by Slaves. Sad alternative! But can a virtuous Man hesitate in his choice?
Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.
I am principled against this kind of traffic in the human species… and to disperse the families I have an aversion.
I die hard but am not afraid to go. I believed from my first attack that I should not survive it – my breath cannot last long.
I had rather be in my grave than in my present situation, I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world; and yet they charge me with wanting to be a king.
It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government.
Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.
Real Patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favourite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests. (Note: spelling/capitalization likely original.).
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 connexion as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop.
There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation.
The duty of holding a neutral conduct may be inferred, without any thing more, from the obligation which justice and humanity impose on every nation, in cases in which it is free to act, to maintain inviolate the relations of peace and amity towards other nations.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.
We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity, representing our liberty.
My movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.
It is too probable that no plan we propose will be adopted. Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.
The basis of our political Systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, ’till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all.
Avoid the necessity of those overgrown Military establishments, which under any form of Government are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty.
Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
The Nation, which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an Honest Man.
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.
I have principles against this type of trafficking in the human species … and to disperse families I have an aversion.
I die hard but I am not afraid to go. I believed since my first attack that I should not survive, my breath can not last long.
I prefer to be in my grave than in my current situation, I prefer to be in my farm than to be the emperor of the world; and even then they accuse me of wanting to be king.
It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary source of popular government. The rule, in fact, extends with more or less force to all species of free government.
Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general dissemination of knowledge. As the structure of a government gives strength to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion be enlightened.
The true patriots, who can resist the intrigues of the favorite, are susceptible to being suspicious and hateful; while their tools and deceived usurp the applause and the confidence of the people, to renounce their interests. (Note: spelling / capitals probably original.).
The great rule of conduct for us, with respect to foreign nations, is, by extending our commercial relations, to have with them the least possible political connection. To the extent that we have already formed commitments, they must be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let’s stop.
There can be no greater error than waiting or calculating about real favors from one nation to another.
The duty to maintain a neutral conduct can be deduced, without further ado, from the obligation that justice and humanity impose on each nation, in cases where it is free to act, to maintain the relations of peace and friendship with other nations inviolate.
Being prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
We take the stars of the sky, the red ones of our country, separating them with white stripes, showing that we have separated from it, and the white stripes will pass to posterity, representing our freedom.
My movements before the presidency of the government will be accompanied by feelings similar to those of the culprit who goes to the place of execution.
It is very likely that no plan we propose will be adopted. Maybe another terrible conflict will be sustained. If we want to please people, we offer what we disapprove, how can we defend our work afterwards? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.
The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and modify their Constitutions of government. But the Constitution that exists at any moment, ‘until it is modified by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory for all.
Avoid the need for those military establishments that are too large, that under any form of government are unfavorable to freedom and that they should be considered particularly hostile to republican freedom.
Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with everyone.
The Nation, which is given to another habitual hatred, or a habitual hobby, is to a certain degree a slave. He is a slave to his animosity or affection, any of which is enough to divert him from his duty and interest.
I hope always to possess the firmness and the sufficient virtue to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all the titles, the character of an Honest Man.
Firearms rank second behind the Constitution in importance; they are the teeth of peoples’ freedom.
With a heart full of love and gratitude, now I say goodbye to you. I fervently wish that his last days are as prosperous and happy as the previous ones have been glorious and honorable. I can not … I can not get close to each one of you, but I will feel obligated if each of you comes and holds my hand.
People must remain vigilant against tyrants disguised as public servants.
The reason, perhaps too late, can convince him of the madness in the time of wasting.
Few people have the virtue of resisting the highest bidder.
Do not conceive that fine clothes are good for men, just as fine feathers do not make them beautiful. A simple and distinguished dress is more admired, gets more credit in the eyes of the judicious and sensible.
The game is the son of greed, the brother of iniquity and the father of mischief.
If being venerated by benevolence, if admired by talents, if esteemed by patriotism, if loved by philanthropy, can gratify the human mind, it must have the pleasant consolation of knowing that it has not lived in vain.
Everything on the Internet is true.
When there is no vision, there is no hope.
It is natural that rampant partisanship, free from allegiance to a larger cause, will lead to chaos.
Great people are not affected by every breath of wind that blows badly. Like great ships, they sail serenely, in a calm sea or a great tempest.
Agriculture is the healthiest, most useful and most noble employment of man
There was no member of the Constitutional Convention who had the slightest objection to what defenders of a Bill of Rights defend and a jury trial.
Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.
The decisive moments of life are not the best moments. Real crises are often hidden in such trivial events that go unnoticed.
Gentlemen, you will allow me to put on my glasses, because I have grown not only gray, but almost blind to the service of my country. – March 15, 1783
I am very happy to know that the gardener has saved much of the seed of St. foin and that of the hemp of India. Do as much as you can of both, re-planting them in drills. . . Let the soil be well prepared, and the seed (St. lomo) is sown in April. Hemp can be planted anywhere.
Persevere in duty and be silent is the best answer to slander
A primary object should be the education of our young people in the science of government. In a republic, what kind of knowledge can be equally important? And what obligation is more urgent than communicating it to those who will be the future guardians of the country’s freedoms?
A free people should … be armed
In politics as in religion, my principles are few and simple. The main one, and in fact the one that covers most of the others, is to be honest and fair to ourselves and to demand from others, to meddle as little as possible in their affairs where ours are not involved. If this maxim were adopted in general, the wars would cease and our swords would soon become harvests and our harvests would be more peaceful, abundant and happy.
As humanity becomes more liberal, they will be more willing to allow all those who behave as valuable members of the community to have the same right to the protection of civil government. I hope to see the United States among the main nations of justice and liberality.
The great rule of conduct for us, with respect to foreign nations, is, by extending our commercial relations, to have with them the least possible political connection.
A free people must not only be armed, but disciplined; for which a uniform and well-digested plan is necessary.
The occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it.
Let the experience solve it. To listen to mere speculation in such a case was criminal.
Republicanism is not the ghost of a deluded imagination. On the contrary, laws, under no form of government, are better supported, freedom and property are better secured, or happiness is more effectively dispensed to humanity.
Interwoven is the love of freedom with each ligament of the heart.
Thinking keeps talking; from there to acting is often a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous!
The views of men can only be known or guessed by their words or actions.
For the sake of humanity, it is regrettable that the manly employment of agriculture and the humanizing benefits of trade replace the waste of war and the fury of conquest; and swords could become plowshares, spears in pruning shears, and as the Scripture says, “nations no longer learn war.”
Do not conceive that fine clothes are good for men, just as fine feathers do not make them beautiful.
Consciousness … rarely comes to the aid of a man while he is at the zenith of health and delights in pomp and luxury with wasted booty. It is usually the last act of his life, and he comes too late to serve others here, or himself in the hereafter.
One hundred thousand men, coming one after another, can not move a Ton weight; but the united force of 50 would transport it easily.
I hate deception, even when it’s just about the imagination.
The surest way to make a man your enemy is to tell him that you esteem him that way.
Facts can speak for themselves.
It is the period of youthful life when friendships are formed, and established habits, which will be maintained by one.
Friendship letters do not require study.
To speak badly about someone, unless there is unequivocal evidence that they deserve it, is an injury for which there is no adequate repair.
Nothing is too extravagant to expect of men who conceive that they are treated ungratefully and unjustly by them.
They will not deprive me … of a consolation in the worst case, if I keep the conscience of having acted in the best possible way.
A law has never been made, I believe, that has affected exactly every man or the entire community; Of course, if this is a reason for the opposition, no law can be enforced without force, and every man or group of men in that case will be cut and carved by himself; whose consequences must be disapproved by all classes of men, who are friends of order, and by the peace and happiness of the country.
A people that fights for life and freedom is rarely willing to look kindly on men or measures whose passions, interests or consequences will clash with those priceless objects.
Life is always uncertain, and common prudence dictates to every man the need to resolve his temporary anxieties, while in his power, and while the mind is calm and imperturbable.
It is said that love is an involuntary passion and, therefore, it is affirmed that you can not resist. This is true only in part, because like everything else, when it is nourished and supplied with an abundance of disease, its progress is rapid; but let them withdraw and may be stifled at birth or very limited in their growth.
No distance can keep eager lovers anxious for a long time.
I never did, nor do I think I would, advise a woman who embarks on a marriage trip; first, because he could never advise one to marry without his own consent; and, secondly, I know that there is no point in advising him to abstain when he has obtained it. A woman very rarely asks for an opinion or requires advice on such an occasion, until her resolution is made; and then it is with hope and the expectation of obtaining a sanction, not that she wants to be governed by her disapproval, which she applies.
A woman … all beautiful and accomplished will, while her hand and heart do not separate, she turns her heads and establishes the circle in which she moves in the fire. Let him marry, and what is the consequence? Madness ceases and everything returns to calm. Why? Not because there is a decrease in the lady’s charms, but because there is an end of hope.
Merit rarely goes unrewarded.
It is a pleasure to receive reproaches, when one must reproach, because no one can be more willing to accuse me, than to recognize an error, when I am guilty of one; nor more eager to expiate a crime, when I am aware of having committed it.
I can handle the imputed or real errors. The man who wishes to be well in the opinion of others must do this; because in that way he is able to correct his faults or eliminate the prejudices that have been inculcated.
Differences in political opinions are as inevitable as, to some extent, they may be necessary; but it is extremely regrettable that the subjects can not be discussed with temperament on the one hand, or decisions submitted to them without having the motives, which led them to them, unduly implicated by the other; and this repentance is close to disgust when we discover that men of abilities, jealous patriots, who have the same general objects in view, and the same good intentions of judging them, will no longer exercise charity in deciding the opinions and actions of others. .
Much to be regretted, partisan disputes are now carried to such an extreme, and the truth is so wrapped up in fog and false representation, that it is extremely difficult to know through which channel to look for it. This difficulty for one, who is not a part, and whose only desire is to follow with uninterrupted steps a path that leads this country to respectability, wealth and happiness, is extremely regrettable. But such, for wise purposes, is presumed to be the turbulence of human passions in partisan disputes, when victory rather than truth is what is claimed.
The men of true talents in Arms have approved themselves as sponsors of the liberal arts and friends of the poets, both they and in other times. In some cases, by interacting, heroes have turned poets and poets into heroes.
It is a maxim, founded on the universal experience of humanity, that no nation should be trusted more than it is bound by its interest; and no prudent statesman or politician will venture to depart from him.
I wish to walk in a line that provides the greatest general satisfaction.
The paths of Providence are inscrutable, and their justice should not be scanned by the superficial eye of humanity, nor be counteracted by the greatest efforts of human power or wisdom, resignation and as to the strength of our reason and religion can take us, a joyful acquiescence to the Divine Will, is what we should aim for.
The art of war is both complete and complicated; … it requires a lot of prior study; and … the possession of it, in its most improved and perfect state, is always a great moment for the security of a nation. This, therefore, must be a serious concern of each government; and for this purpose, an academy, where a regular course of instruction is taught, is an obvious resource, which different nations have successfully employed.
Three things lead men to a regular performance of their duty in time of action: natural courage, hope of reward and fear of punishment.
It can be established as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government, must not only a part of their property, but even their personal services to the defense of them, and consequently , Citizens of America (with some legal and official exceptions) from 18 to 50 years of age should be included in the rolls of the militia, armed with uniforms, and so accustomed to their use, that the total strength of the country I could be summoned in a brief notification about any very interesting emergency.
A natural father only has two things to consider mainly, improving your child and the finances to do it.
Putting any dependence on the militia surely rests on a broken staff. Men dragged from the tender scenes of domestic life, unaccustomed to the roar of weapons, totally oblivious to all kinds of military skills … makes them shy and ready to fly from their own shadows.
An army made up of good officers moves like a clock; but there is no situation on earth that is less enviable, or more distressing, than that of the person in charge of the troops, regardless of order and discipline.
The discrepancy in an officer is a good sign because he will always strive to arrive at what he conceives as the full line of his duty.
Soap is another item in great demand: the continental subsidy is too small, and darling, since now you get everything you need from life, the salary of a soldier will not allow you to buy, so its consequent dirt adds no little to army disease
The determinations of Providence are always wise, often inscrutable; and, although its decrees seem to last us at times, however, it is meant for funny purposes.
America … has ever had, and I trust it will ever do, my honest efforts to promote your interest. I can not wait for my services to have been the best; but my heart tells me that they have been the best I could do.
People’s desires, which are rarely based on deep disquisitions, or that result from other reasonings than their current feelings, may not be entirely in accordance with our true politics and interest. If they do not, observing an appropriate course of action to promote one, and avoid offending the other, will be a job of great difficulty.
For me, it does not seem an unjust simile to compare the affairs of this great continent with the mechanism of a clock, each state represents one or the other of the smaller parts that they are trying to put in order without considering how useless their work is. less than the great Wheel or the Spring that is going to set in motion the set is also well attended and maintained in good order.
To be well in the estimation of one’s country is a happiness from which no rational creature can be insensitive.
However painful the task of describing the dark side of our affairs, sometimes it becomes a matter of indispensable necessity.
It is not the mere study of the Law, but to become eminent in the profession of it, which is to render honor and benefit.
It is easy to make known, but it is very difficult to get rid of them, however annoying and useless they are, once we have committed ourselves to them.
The real distinction … between what is called a good Regiment, and an indifferent one always, after the investigation, will be found to originate and depend on the care or lack of attention of the Officers that belong to them.
Experience has taught us that men will not adopt and put into practice the measures of the best measure for their own good without the intervention of a coercive power.
At least it will be a recommendation to the proposed constitution that is provided with more controls and barriers against the introduction of tyranny, and those of a less susceptible nature to be overcome, than any government hitherto instituted among mortals has possessed.
Good company will always be much less expensive than bad.
A person who is anxious to be a fashion leader, or one of the first to follow it, will certainly appear in the eyes of wise men who have nothing better than a frequent dress change to recommend that they notice.
The arrows of malevolence … however pointy and pointed they may be, they can never reach the most vulnerable part of me; however, while I am up as a brand, they will be directed continuously.
Smaller societies must prepare the way for greater.
If the minority, and also a small one, is forced to dictate to the majority, after the measures have been submitted to the most solemn discussions by the representatives of the people, and their will through this means be promulgated as law, There can not be security. for life, liberty or property; nor, if the laws are not to govern, can anyone know how to behave safely?
I have principles against selling blacks, as I would with cattle in a market.
In the composition of the human frame there is a large amount of flammable matter, however latent it may remain for a time.
It is rarely the opposite that a coquette with the face of a dog dies in celibacy, as a punishment for her attempts to deceive others, through the promotion of looks, words or actions, given for the sole purpose of attracting men to make overtures that can be rejected.
Recognizing the receipt of letters is always correct, to eliminate doubts about your spontaneous abortion.
The system in all things should be aimed at; because in execution it makes everything easier.
Get up early, which by habit can become familiar, pleasant, healthy and profitable. It may be, for a time, annoying to do this, but that will disappear; and the practice will produce an abundant harvest forever; whether in public or private life.
There is a Destiny that has control of our actions, so as not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of the Human Nature.
A bad war is fought with a good mind.
The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will strive to live and act like a Christian soldier who defends the rights and the most beloved liberties of his country.
Firearms rank second behind the Constitution in importance; they are the teeth of the freedom of the people
Happiness depends more on the inner frame of a person’s own mind than on external things in the world.
99% of the failures come from people who make excuses.
No people can be obliged to recognize the invisible hand that conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Each step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some sign of providential agency
The reflection on my situation and that of this army produces many uncomfortable hours when everything around me is wrapped in sleep. Few people know the situation in which we find ourselves.
The heavenly smiles of heaven can never be expected in a nation that does not take into account the eternal rules of order and law that Heaven itself has ordained. “Inaugural Address 1789
Make sure you do what God wants you to do; then do it with all your strength.
No man has a more perfect trust in the omniscient and powerful dispensations of the Supreme Being than I, nor does he believe that his help is more necessary … Man must be really bad that he can see the events of the American Revolution without feeling the warmest gratitude to the great Author of the Universe whose divine interposition manifested so frequently in our favor … In the war He directed the sword, and in peace, He has ruled in our councils.
There is an opinion that the parties in the free countries are useful controls on the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of freedom. This, within certain limits, is probably true, and, in governments of a monarchical tone, patriotism can look with indulgence, if not with favor, on the spirit of the party. But in those of popular character, in the purely elective governments, it is a spirit that should not be encouraged.
Paper money has had the effect in its state that it will ever have, ruining commerce, oppressing the honest and opening the door to all kinds of fraud and injustice.
The destiny of millions of people to be born will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.
I rejoice in the belief that intellectual light will sprout in the dark corners of the earth; that freedom of investigation will produce liberality of conduct; that humanity will reverse the absurd position that many were made for a few; and that they will not continue slaves in one part of the world, when they can become free men in another.
My mother was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. Everything I owe my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
If the freedom of expression is removed, then we can be guided silently and silently, like sheep to slaughter.
Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with everyone.
Being prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
It is better to be alone than in bad company.
The Constitution is the guide that I will never abandon.
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes formidable little numbers; seeks success for the weak and esteems everyone.
Freedom, when it begins to take root, is a fast-growing plant.
Be courteous to everyone, but intimate with few, and allow those few to be tested before giving them their trust.
It is much better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
If we want to avoid insult, we must be able to reject it; if we wish to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our growing prosperity, we must know that we are at all times ready for war.
My first wish is to see this plague of humanity, war, banished from the earth.
The truth will finally prevail where there are pains to bring it to light.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
We should not look back unless it is to extract useful lessons from past mistakes, and with the purpose of taking advantage of the highly purchased experience.
Let us raise a standard that the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.
Impressed with the conviction that the proper administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government, I have considered the first arrangement of the judicial department as essential for the happiness of our country and for the stability of its “political system”; hence the selection of the most apt characters to expose the laws and dispense justice have been an invariable object of my anxious concern.
Work to keep alive in your chest that little spark of celestial fire, called consciousness.
True friendship is a slow-growing plant, and it must submit and resist the blows of adversity, before it has the right to denomination.
I hope to possess the firmness and the sufficient virtue to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all the titles, the character of an honest man.
The alternative domination of one faction over another, exacerbated by the spirit of natural vengeance of partisan dissension, which in different times and countries has perpetrated the most horrendous enormities, is in itself an appalling despotism. But this leads to a more formal and permanent despotism.
Partner with men of good quality if you estimate your own reputation; because it is better to be alone than in bad company.
The time is near, which should determine whether Americans should be free men or slaves.
The basis of our political system is the right of people to make and modify their constitutions of government.
The foolish and perverse practice of desecrating curses and oaths is a vice so bad and petty that every person with sense and character detests and despises it.
I can only say that there is no living man who desires more sincerely than I do, that he sees a plan adopted for its abolition, but there is only one correct and effective way by which it can be achieved, and that is by Legislative Power: and this, As far as my suffrage goes, it will never be absent.
I have no other objective than to promote the public good, and I am not ambitious of honors not based on the approval of my country.
There is nothing that can deserve better its patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the safest basis of public happiness.
The concern is the interest paid by those who borrow a problem.
Humanity, when left to itself, is not fit for its own government.
Religion is as necessary to reason as the reason for religion. The one can not exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason, trying to explain the great phenomena of nature, if he did not have a Supreme Being to refer to; and well, it has been said, that if God did not exist, humanity would have been forced to imagine it.
Friendship is a slow-growing plant and must endure and endure the shaking of adversity before it has the right to denomination.
There can be no greater error than to wait, or calculate, on real favors from one nation to another. It is an illusion that experience must heal, that just pride should rule out.
I beg you to be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than I to establish effective barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny and against all kinds of religious persecution.
Admit with caution the assumption that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience forbid us to hope that national morality can prevail in the exclusion of religious principles.
Someday, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.
Let your heart feel the afflictions and anguish of everyone, and let your hand give it in proportion to your bag.
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
It will be discovered that jealousy is unjust and reckless to deprive a man of his natural liberty with the assumption that he can abuse it.
Few men have the virtue to resist the highest bidder.
My observation is that whenever you find that a person is suitable for the fulfillment of a duty … it is worse executed by two people, and hardly done if three or more are employed in it.
Oversized military establishments are under any form of government unfavorable to liberty, and should be considered as particularly hostile to republican freedom.
It can be established as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes him not only a part of his property, but even his personal services to the defense of it.
I am persuaded, you will allow me to observe, that the path of true piety is so simple that it requires little political direction.
Protect yourself against the impostures of mock patriotism.
When we assume the Soldier, we do not leave the Citizen aside.
Arbitrary power is more easily established in the ruins of abused liberty to libertinism.
Road by land not trampled. There is hardly a part of my behavior that, from now on, can not set precedents.
The slowness will operate with greater force, in some cases than rigor. Therefore, it is my first desire that all my behavior be distinguished by it.
Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from accounting for himself than to evict him after he has had possession.
It is impossible to reason without reaching a Supreme Being.
As I am not a fan of any form of adoration, I am willing to persuade the professors of Christianity in the church, that path to heaven that will seem the most direct, the easiest and the least susceptible to exception.
Nothing can be more harmful to service than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, it gives one army the superiority over another.
It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe without the agency of a Supreme Being.
It is impossible to govern the universe without the help of a Supreme Being.
The constitution confers the power to declare war in Congress; therefore, no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until they have deliberated on the subject and authorized such a measure.
Laws made by common agreement should not be trampled by individuals.
War: an act of violence whose objective is to constrict the enemy, to achieve our will.
A thin acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of friends’ attachment.
Let your Speech with businessmen be brief and comprehensive.
The bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: because his pocket book not only suffers it, but his preparations are lost and a season disappears.
Do not demand anything irrational from your officers and men, but make sure that everything that is required is fulfilled on time. Reward and punish each man according to his merit, without bias or prejudice; listen to their complaints; if it is well founded, solve them; If not, discourage them, to avoid frivolous ones. Discourage vice in all forms and print in the mind of every man, from the first to the lowest, the importance of the cause and what they are containing.
At all times, it is much easier to prevent an evil than to rectify mistakes.
The voice of my country calls me again to perform the functions of its Chief Magistrate.
It came to port last Sunday night. The strangest little boat, without an inch of rigging; I looked and looked, and I laughed. He seemed so curious that she should cross the unknown water, and tie herself inside my room. My daughter! Oh my daughter!
Why should I expect to be exempt from censorship? the infallible bunch of an elevated station? My Heart tells me that my goal has not been remitted has been to make the best circumstances; however, he may have been very often wrong in my judgment about the media.
Even the first president of the country was irritated by the limits imposed by the drafters of the Constitution of the United States. By the nature of the Constitution, … I must approve all parts of a law or reject it in its entirety.