It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty.
A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.
The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.
Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all - liberty!
National honor is the national property of the highest value.
The public lands are a public stock, which ought to be disposed of to the best advantage for the nation.
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.
From several of the Indian tribes inhabiting the country bordering on Lake Erie purchases have been made of lands on conditions very favorable to the United States, and, as it is presumed, not less so to the tribes themselves.
In the wars of the European powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part, not does it comport with our policy so to do. It is only when our rights are invaded or seriously menaced that we resent injuries or make preparation for our defence.
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.
To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people.
Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.
Our relations with the other powers of Europe have experienced no essential change since the last session.
By the last returns to the Department of War the militia force of the several States may be estimated at 800,000 men - infantry, artillery, and cavalry.
Never did a government commence under auspices so favorable, nor ever was success so complete.
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