Nothing short of self-respect and that justice which is essential to a national character ought to involve us in war for sure I am, if this country is preserved in tranquillity twenty years longer, it may bid defiance, in a just cause, to any power
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Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
One of George Washington's main concerns was to make sure that his soldiers had adequate supplies of meat A part of the army has been a week without any kind of flesh, and the rest three or four days. Naked and starving as they are, we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery, that they have not been ere this excited by their suffering to a general mutiny and dispersion.
Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
My brave fellows, ... you have done all I asked you to do and more than could be reasonably expected. But this country is at stake, your wives, your homes and everything you hold dear. You have borne yourself up with fatigues and hardships, but we know not how to spare you. If you consent to stay one month longer, you will render that service to the cause of liberty and this country which you probably could never do under any other circumstances.
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