Nations, like men, have their infancy.
Patriotism must be founded on great principals and supported by great virtue.
The greatest art of a politician is to render vice serviceable to the cause of virtue.
We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.
Pride defeats its own end, by bringing the man who seeks esteem and reverence into contempt.
The shortest and surest way of arriving at real knowledge is to unlearn the lessons we have been taught, to mount the first principles, and take nobody's word about them.