It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.
It gave us a chance to reassess what our country stands for, what our freedoms mean and what our responsibility is,
The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education which I received from my mother.
When a man does all he can, though it succeeds not well, blame not him that did it.
The first cat we auditioned was totally black. It made me a little nervous. I was glad to see that Mr. Ed had a little white spot on his chest.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men, any more than fine feathers make fine birds. A plain, genteel dress is more admired, obtains more credit in the eyes of the judicious and sensible.
The new constitution established a president with powers unheard of in the republican United States. Some even wanted him to be king, a thought that GW found ludicrous What astonishing changes a few years are capable of producing I am told that even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror. From thinking proceeds speaking, thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable and tremendous What a triumph for the advocates of despotism to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves, and that systems founded on the basis of equal liberty are merely ideal fallacious.
I conceive that a knowledge of books is the basis on which all other knowledge rests.
Our own Country's Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions...
Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly foresee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union, by consolidating it in a common bond of principle
Unless there's a judge somewhere who is just dying for a case like this, I think it will be put to an end on Friday.
with black feathery trim -- because the founding father was ''so stiff.
I am once more seated under my own vine and fig tree ... and hope to spend the remainder of my days in peaceful retirement, making political pursuits yield to the more rational amusement of cultivating the earth.
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
The company in which you will improve most will be least expensive to you
In the Enlightened Age and in this Land of equal Liberty it is our boast, that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the Laws, nor deprive him of the right of attaining and holding the highest Offices that are known in the Unite
In his address of 19 September 1796, given as he prepared to leave office, President George Washington spoke about the importance of morality to the country's well-being Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports.... And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.... Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its virtue.
My temper leads me to peace and harmony with all men and it is peculiarly my wish to avoid any personal feuds or dissensions with those, who are embarked in the same great national interest with myself, as every difference of this kind in its conseq
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.
far worse than were Congress to enact no measure at all.
Undertake not what you can not perform, but be careful to keep your promises.
While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to Him only in this case they are answerable
with humanity, and let them have no reason to complain of our copying the brutal example of the British army in their treatment of our unfortunate brethren.
May the Father of All Mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths and, make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy
The tumultuous populace of large cities are ever to be dreaded. Their indiscriminate violence prostrates for the time all public authority, and its consequences are sometimes extensive and terrible.
I anticipate with pleasing expectations that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.
A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master.
Thomas Jefferson - Ronald Reagan - John F. Kennedy - Franklin D. Roosevelt - Barack Obama - Ulysses S. Grant - Lyndon B. Johnson - James Monroe - Harry S. Truman - Calvin Coolidge