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"For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise."
"I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand."
"Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature."
"I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it."
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God Governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?"
"Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants."
"In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes."
"There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government."
"He that lives upon hope will die fasting."
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
"There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self."
"Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed."
"The greatest monarch on the proudest throne is obliged to sit upon his own arse."
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
"'Tis a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own."
"I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up."
Life & Death
"Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it."
"If you would be loved, love and be lovable."
"I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."
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