“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.
“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
“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, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
“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.
“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
“To please everybody is impossible were I to undertake it, I should probably please nobody.
“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.
“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.
“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)
“Houston, we have a problem.
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