Politics are such a torment that I would advise every one I love not to mix with them.
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- When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
- I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
- In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
- Traveling makes a man wiser, but less happy.
- Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
- The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.