Worry is the intrest paid by those who borrow trouble.
There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.
The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
No punishment, in my opinion, is to great, for the man who can build his greatness upon his country's ruin
Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.
Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
Being no bigot myself to any mode of worship, I am disposed to endulge the professors of Christianity in the church, that road to heaven which to them shall seem the most direct plainest easiest and least liable to exception.
Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
Speak not evil of the absent for it is unjust.
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person's own mind, than on the externals in the world.
Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.
While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.
The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges...
But if the laws are to be so trampled upon with impunity, and a minority is to dictate to the majority, there is an end put at one stroke to republican government, and nothing but anarchy and confusion is to be expected thereafter...
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.
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.
The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
Where are our Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?
The views of men can only be known, or guessed at, by their words or actions.
However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics.
The future of this nation depends on the Christian training of our youth.
The people must remain ever vigilant against tyrants masquerading as public servants.
What is most important of this grand experiment, the United States? Not the election of the first president but the election of its second president. The peaceful transition of power is what will separate this country from every other country in the world.
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
To contract new debts is not the way to pay old ones.
I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.
Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life.
The finite mind of man can never grasp the mysteries of the infinite. It is the highest wisdom, as it is our great happiness, to accept our limitations, to use what we have, and leave the rest to God.
It's wonderful what we can do if we're always doing.
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.