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"I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others."
"No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it...To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends."
"Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it."
"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine."
"I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy."
"Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom."
"It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read."
"Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life."
"The art of life is the art of avoiding pain."
"The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things--the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit."