Our citizenship in the United States is our national character. Our citizenship in any particular state is only our local distinction. By the latter we are known at home, by the former to the world. Our great title is AMERICANS--our inferior one varies with the place.
I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.
What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.
The guilt of a government is the crime of a whole country.
Those who expect to reap the blessing of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
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