“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.
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
“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.
1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799)
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