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We've been running our Daily Colonial Quote feature for some time now, and the thought crossed our collective mind that some of these quotes may be of interest to you, Faithful Reader, in some other context than a randomized daily display: perhaps to be included in a report, an essay, presentation, or whatever.

Therefore, we decided to open up our collection of quotes to all, searchable by author or keyword. We hope you find them useful.

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I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.Thomas Jefferson
I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.John Adams
I am a happy camper so I guess Iím doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.Henry David Thoreau
I am a Senator against my wishes and feelings, which I regret more than any other of my life.Andrew Jackson
I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.Thomas Jefferson
I am George Rogers Clark. You have just become a prisoner of the Commonwealth of Virginia.George Rogers Clark
I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close. I will soon cease to be a servant and will become a sovereign.James K. Polk
I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.Thomas Jefferson
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.Henry David Thoreau
I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials.George Mason
I begin to grow heartily tired of the etiquette and nonsense so fashionable in this city.George Mason
I believe and I say it is true Democratic feeling, that all the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.William Henry Harrison
I believe in one God, the first and great cause of goodness. I also believe in Jesus Christ, the rebirth of the world. I also believe in the Holy Ghost, the comforter.Daniel Morgan
I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.Thomas Paine
I believe that all the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.William Henry Harrison
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.Thomas Jefferson
I can never consent to being dictated to.John Tyler
I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.George Washington
I cannot consent that my mortal body shall be laid in a repository prepared for an Emperor or a King. My republican feelings and principles forbid it; the simplicity of our system of government forbids it.Andrew Jackson
I cannot consent to be led three or four hundred leagues out of my route, without its being by force of arms.Zebulon Pike

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