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It is my principle that the will of the majority should always prevail.
[Majority]
 

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
[Happiness]
 

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.
 

It is rare that the public sentiment decides immorally or unwisely, and the individual who differs from it ought to distrust and examine well his own opinion.
[Opinion]
 

It is the old practice of despots to use a part of the people to keep the rest in order.
[Despotism]
 

It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour.
 

It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
 

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.
 

Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.
 

Let the farmer forevermore be honored in his calling, for they who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.
[Agriculture]
 

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
 

Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
 

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.
 

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
 

My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.
 

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
 

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.
[Always]
 

My views and feelings (are) in favor of the abolition of war--and I hope it is practicable, by improving the mind and morals of society, to lessen the disposition to war; but of its abolition I despair.
 

Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.
 

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
 


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