'T is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable, procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
I am led to reflect how much more delightful to an undebauched mind, is the task of making improvements on the earth, than all the vain glory which can be acquired from ravaging it, by the most uninterrupted career of conquests.