“A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue”
"National honor is the national property of the highest value."
"If America wants concessions, she must fight for them. We must purchase our power with our blood."
"The public lands are a public stock, which ought to be disposed of to the best advantage for the nation."
"The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil."
"Let us by wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties."
"it is not the people themselves who make the decisions, but the people they themselves choose to stand in their places."
"Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all - liberty!"
"A free, virtuous, and enlightened people must know full well the great principles and causes upon which their happiness depends."
"It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty."
"If we look to the history of other nations, ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid, so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy."
"The American people have encountered together great dangers and sustained severe trials with success. They constitute one great family with a common interest."
"The right of self defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals, and whether the attack be made by Spain herself or by those who abuse her power, its obligation is not the less strong."
"Deeply impressed with the blessing which we enjoy, and of which we have much manifold proofs, my mind is irresistibly drawn to that Almighty Being, the great source source from whence they proceed and whom our most grateful acknowledgements are due."
"Of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trial by jury of the vicinage in civil and criminal cases; of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the right to keep and bear arms... If these rights are well defined, and secured against encroachment,"
"I have never dreaded, nor have I ever shunned, in any situation in which I have been placed making appeals to the virtue and patriotism of my fellow-citizens, well knowing that they could never be made in vain, especially in times of great emergency or for purposes of high national importance."
"Peace and good will have been, and will hereafter be, cultivated with all, and by the most faithful regard to justice. They have been dictated by a love of peace, of economy, and an earnest desire to save the lives of our fellow-citizens from that destruction and our country from that devastation which are inseparable from war when it finds us unprepared for it."
"I enter on the trust to which I have been called by the suffrages of my fellow-citizens with my fervent prayers to the Almighty that He will be graciously pleased to continue to us that protection which He has already so conspicuously displayed in our favor."
"With full confidence in the continuance of that candor and generous indulgence from my fellow-citizens at large which I have heretofore experienced, and with a firm reliance on the protection of Almighty God, I shall forthwith commence the duties of the high trust to which you have called me."
Compiled by Thomas George