“An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory.”

“The true republic: men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”

“The nourishment of the life of a nation is liberty, education, and religion.”

“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.”

“True patriotism is not exclusive, it embraces all.”

“The law must be stable, but never stand still.”

“The man who can look upon a crisis without being willing to offer himself upon the altar of his country is not fit for public trust.”

“Let us remember that revolutions do not always establish freedom.”

“The ambition to rule is the mother of all evils.”

“Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states, will all political power be substantially concentrated.”

“I am in favor of internal improvements and I am also in favor of maintaining the Constitution.”

“A universal library of all that is most useful and most entertaining to mankind would be one in which the texts of all the books were constantly translated into all the languages in which they are worth reading.”

“I have neither the inclination nor the ability to address you at any length. I have not studied the art of speech-making and I hope therefore that I may be pardoned if I break off abruptly.”

“I have always found that the man whose second thoughts are best is the one who wins.”

“It is not strange that the people should be unskillful in promoting their own interests, it is no discredit for them to be unable to go beyond their own experience, but it is a vital discredit to seek to place them under the control of any force not inferior to their own mind.”

“A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.”

“The man who avoids opportunities to make sacrifices seldom has occasion to make them.”

“The past is gone, and in its place is the present; let the future, like the past, be the present; and whoever would grasp the future must grasp the present, too.”

“Providence has not given us the power to prophesy; we must trust to the power we have, and pray that the future may be as the past, only larger, broader, and higher.”

“If we do not find a way to prepare the rising generation for the responsible duties of adult life, we may well abandon sanitation and fire protection and revert to cave dwellings and campfires.”

“Assure the world that in universal suffrage, which Canada has boldly adopted, Canada herself is safe; and more, that the people have become by it better citizens, and those who have sat in the legislative chamber have felt their responsibilities increased and their labors multiplied.”

“No administration can be successful without building on the solid foundation of experience and a fair knowledge of the laws of trade, commerce, and finance.”

“There is no such thing as ‘government in the abstract’; it simply has no meaning. We can do nothing, say nothing, think nothing without the aid of government.”

“The government must not descend to the people, condescending to give them rewards for mere class of birth.”

“Ours is the most selfish of all centuries, ours is the most mercenary of all generations.”

“He who strives to obtain access to the master’s goods without giving service, is not worthy of the position.”

“The true value of a child is realized only after it has been educated and developed, and has given the world some proof of its worth.”

“Peace and tranquility are not enough; civilization must be carried on.”

“Let me assure every American that I have sometimes been called stupid; but the American people will come to their senses before they call me stupid.”

“The better the schools, the more loyal the people.”