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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.

    Topics: Mothers

Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.

    Topics: Obedience, Discipline, War

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.

    Topics: Peace, War, Prosperity

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.

    Topics: Peace

To persevere in one's duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.

    Topics: Perseverance

I shall never ask, never refuse, nor ever resign an office.

    Topics: Perseverance

We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times.

    Topics: Perseverance, Anxiety

Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.

    Topics: Philosophy, Business

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

    Topics: Politics, Freedom

The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.

    Topics: Politics, Government

There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.

    Topics: Politics

I beg leave to assure the Congress that no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness. I do not wish to make any profit from it.

    Topics: Politics

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