When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
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- Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them.
- Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. The small landowners are the most precious part of a state.
- Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
- Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one’s family and affairs.
- A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
- That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.