It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it.
The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.
Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.
It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.
Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.
My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.
Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
We ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.
Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.