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Colonial Quotes

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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National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.
- Letter to James Lloyd, January, 1815
John Adams
National honor is the national property of the highest value.James Monroe
Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?Henry David Thoreau
Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight. But the enormities of the times in which I have lived have forced me to take a part in resisting them, and to commit myself on the boisterous ocean of political passions.Thomas Jefferson
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.Henry David Thoreau
Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.Henry David Thoreau
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.Henry David Thoreau
Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.Henry David Thoreau
Necessity never made a good bargain.Benjamin Franklin
Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who ... will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.

- Essay in the Public Advertiser, 1749
Samuel Adams
Never confuse motion with action.Benjamin Franklin
Never did a government commence under auspices so favorable, nor ever was success so complete.James Monroe
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.Benjamin Franklin
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.Henry David Thoreau
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.Thomas Jefferson
Never spend your money before you have earned it.Thomas Jefferson
Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.Benjamin Franklin
Never take counsel of your fears.Andrew Jackson
Next Monday the Convention in Virginia will assemble; we have still good hopes of its adoption here: though by no great plurality of votes. South Carolina has probably decided favourably before this time. The plot thickens fast. A few short weeks will determine the political fate of America for the present generation, and probably produce no small influence on the happiness of society through a long succession of ages to come.

- Letter to Marquis de Lafayette, May 28, 1788
George Washington
Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.Henry David Thoreau

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