“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.
“Money, we know, will fetch anything and command the service of any man.
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
“To please everybody is impossible were I to undertake it, I should probably please nobody.
“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
“We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear-brought experience.
“'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
“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.
“I know [patriotism] exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.
“To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.
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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