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"When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred."
"It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate - to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance."
"He is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad."
"It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness."
"We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
"Never [enter] into dispute or argument with another. I never yet saw an instance of one of two disputants convincing the other by argument. I have seen many on their getting warm, becoming rude and shooting one another."
"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."
"This institution will be based upon the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it."
"Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies."
"Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing."