“'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! It is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
“There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves.
“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
“Differences in political opinion are as unavoidable as, to a certain point, they may perhaps be necessary.
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799)
“I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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