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Type: President
Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 04/13/1743




 

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The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
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For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
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It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
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The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.
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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
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Taste cannot be controlled by law.
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Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
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I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
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Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
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War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
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In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
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Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
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Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
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We never repent of having eaten too little.
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Information is the currency of democracy.
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I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
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Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
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It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
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The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.
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Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
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I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
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He who knows best knows how little he knows.
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Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.
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The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
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Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
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