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The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
 

The French complain of everything, and always.
 

The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.
[Children]
 

The Gospel is not merely a book - it is a living power - a book surpassing all others. - I never omit to read it, and every day with the same pleasure. Nowhere is to be found such a series of beautiful ideas, and admirable moral maxims, which pass before us like the battalions of a celestial army . . . The soul can never go astray with this book for its guide.
 

The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means.
 

The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.
 

The greatest ornament of an illustrious life is modesty and humility, which go a great way in the character even of the most exalted princes.
[Modesty]
 

The guilt of many men may be traced to over-affection for their wives.
 

The heart of a minister should be nowhere but in his head.
 

The heart of a statesman should be in his head.
 

The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
 

The human race is governed by its imagination.
[Imagination]
 

The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.
 

The life of a citizen is the property of his country.
 

The most important qualification of a soldier is fortitude under fatigue and privation. Courage is only second; hardship, poverty and want are the best school for a soldier.
 

The nature of Christ's existence is mysterious, I admit; but this mystery meets the wants of man. Reject it and the world is an inexplicable riddle; believe it, and the history of our race is satisfactorily explained.
 

The only victories which leave no regret are those which are gained over ignorance.
 

The only victory over love is flight.
[Love]
 

The people never rub themselves against naked bayonets.
 

The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
 


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