“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! It is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.
“True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.
“To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
“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.
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799)
“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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