1. 10

    I am not, sir, in favor of cherishing the passion of conquest. I am permitted ... to indulge the hope of seeing, ere long, the new United States, (if you will allow me the expression,) embracing not only the old.

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  2. 9

    The measure of the wealth of a nation is indicated by the measure of its protection of its industry; the measure of the poverty of a nation is marked by the degree in which it neglects and abandons the care of its own industry, leaving it exposed to the action of foreign powers.

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  3. 8

    The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.

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  4. 7

    An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.

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  5. 6

    The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments.

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  6. 5

    Let him who elevates himself above humanity . . . say, if he pleases, "I will never compromise"; but let no one who is not above the frailties of our common nature disdain compromise.

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  7. 4

    We have had good and bad Presidents, and it is a consoling reflection that the American Nation possesses such elements of prosperity that the bad Presidents cannot destroy it, and have been able to do no more than slightly to retard the public's advancement.

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  8. 3

    Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.

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  9. 2

    Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.

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  10. 1

    Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.

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