“The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish Government, presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established Government.
“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
“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 preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered ... deeply ... finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
“As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
“'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.
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
“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.
1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799)
“The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness.
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