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Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.
I cannot live without books.
Power is not alluring to pure minds.
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try.


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"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government." Make picture quote!
"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." Make picture quote!
"The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force." Make picture quote!
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Make picture quote!
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive." Make picture quote!
"The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them." Make picture quote!
"The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery." Make picture quote!
"The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind." Make picture quote!
"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." Make picture quote!
"The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism." Make picture quote!
"The most successful war seldom pays for its losses." Make picture quote!
"The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory." Make picture quote!
"The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world." Make picture quote!
"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time." Make picture quote!
"The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money." Make picture quote!
"The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it." Make picture quote!
"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed." Make picture quote!
"Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society." Make picture quote!
"The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave." Make picture quote!
"The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper." Make picture quote!
"That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part." Make picture quote!
"Taste cannot be controlled by law." Make picture quote!
"Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour." Make picture quote!
"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question." Make picture quote!
"The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses." Make picture quote!
"We never repent of having eaten too little." Make picture quote!
"I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another." Make picture quote!
"So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done." Make picture quote!
"Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival." Make picture quote!
"Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe." Make picture quote!
"Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching." Make picture quote!
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." Make picture quote!
"Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct." Make picture quote!
"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on." Make picture quote!
"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe." Make picture quote!
"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty." Make picture quote!
"When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred." Make picture quote!
"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression." Make picture quote!
"We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country." Make picture quote!
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Make picture quote!
"We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest." Make picture quote!
"We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed." Make picture quote!
"War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses." Make picture quote!
"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast." Make picture quote!
"To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education." Make picture quote!
"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." Make picture quote!
"There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world." Make picture quote!
"There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me." Make picture quote!
"There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents." Make picture quote!
"When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property." Make picture quote!
"An injured friend is the bitterest of foes." Make picture quote!
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." Make picture quote!
"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Make picture quote!
"I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master." Make picture quote!
"I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office." Make picture quote!
"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." Make picture quote!
"I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it." Make picture quote!
"I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be." Make picture quote!
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies." Make picture quote!
"Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind." Make picture quote!
"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion." Make picture quote!
"As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also." Make picture quote!
"I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad." Make picture quote!
"An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes." Make picture quote!
"An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry." Make picture quote!
"Always take hold of things by the smooth handle." Make picture quote!
"All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression." Make picture quote!
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." Make picture quote!
"Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper." Make picture quote!
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall retrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned." Make picture quote!
"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government." Make picture quote!
"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks." Make picture quote!
"A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit." Make picture quote!
"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference." Make picture quote!
"Be polite to all, but intimate with few." Make picture quote!
"Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted." Make picture quote!
"Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us." Make picture quote!
"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear." Make picture quote!
"Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it." Make picture quote!
"Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it." Make picture quote!
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." Make picture quote!
"In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue." Make picture quote!
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Make picture quote!
"In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty." Make picture quote!
"In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease on our part also." Make picture quote!
"Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong." Make picture quote!
"If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest." Make picture quote!
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Make picture quote!
"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." Make picture quote!
"If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?" Make picture quote!
"I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others." Make picture quote!
"I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." Make picture quote!
"I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary." Make picture quote!
"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever." Make picture quote!
"I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way." Make picture quote!
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it." Make picture quote!
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Make picture quote!
"If God is just, I tremble for my country." Make picture quote!
"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." Make picture quote!
"It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape." Make picture quote!
"My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair." Make picture quote!
"Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government." Make picture quote!
"My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me." Make picture quote!
"Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations." Make picture quote!
"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains." Make picture quote!
"Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." Make picture quote!
"Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people." Make picture quote!
"Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning." Make picture quote!
"Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital." Make picture quote!
"It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness." Make picture quote!
"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read." Make picture quote!
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." Make picture quote!
"It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong." Make picture quote!
"It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God." Make picture quote!
"It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own." Make picture quote!
"Never spend your money before you have earned it." Make picture quote!
"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto." Make picture quote!
"It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it." Make picture quote!
"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances." Make picture quote!
"No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place." Make picture quote!
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." Make picture quote!
"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits." Make picture quote!
"Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence." Make picture quote!
"Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail." Make picture quote!
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man." Make picture quote!
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Make picture quote!
"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden." Make picture quote!
"No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it." Make picture quote!
"No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will." Make picture quote!
"No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms." Make picture quote!
"One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them." Make picture quote!
"I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind." Make picture quote!
"Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day." Make picture quote!
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." Make picture quote!
"Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it." Make picture quote!
"Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state." Make picture quote!
"I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us." Make picture quote!
"How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened." Make picture quote!
"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." Make picture quote!
"History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is." Make picture quote!
"He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors." Make picture quote!
"He who knows best knows how little he knows." Make picture quote!
"Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind." Make picture quote!
"Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?" Make picture quote!
"Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do." Make picture quote!
"Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." Make picture quote!
"I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too." Make picture quote!
"Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it." Make picture quote!
"Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other." Make picture quote!
"Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." Make picture quote!
"Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition." Make picture quote!
"Delay is preferable to error." Make picture quote!
"For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security." Make picture quote!
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories." Make picture quote!
"Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear." Make picture quote!
"Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." Make picture quote!
"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks." Make picture quote!
"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State." Make picture quote!
"For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt." Make picture quote!
"For here we are not afraid to follow the truth wherever it may lead..." Make picture quote!
"Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life." Make picture quote!
"I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work the more luck I have. " Make picture quote!
"I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others." Make picture quote!
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." Make picture quote!
"In matters of style swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Make picture quote!
"Information is the currency of democracy." Make picture quote!
"It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquillity and occupation which give happiness." Make picture quote!
"Man is fed with fables through life, and leaves it in the belief he knows something of what has been passing, when in truth he has known nothing but what has passed under his own eye." Make picture quote!
"Never enter into dispute or argument with another. I never yet saw an instance of one of two disputants convincing the other by argument. I have seen many on their getting warm, becoming rude and shooting one another." Make picture quote!
"No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it...To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends." Make picture quote!
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal: Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Make picture quote!
"Our greatest happiness in life does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits." Make picture quote!
"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost." Make picture quote!
"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." Make picture quote!
"The superiority of chocolate (hot chocolate), both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain. . ." Make picture quote!
"We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it. " Make picture quote!
"We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Make picture quote!




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