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Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.

Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.
The real acid test of courage is to be just your honest self when everybody is trying to be like somebody else.
The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger.
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
One man with courage makes a majority.
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
Courage charms us, because it indicates that a man loves an idea better than all things in the world, that he is thinking neither of his bed, nor his dinner, nor his money, but will venture all to put in act the invisible thought of his mind.
Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.
There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.
The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.
Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.
I am against government by crony.
Be bold-and mighty forces will come to your aid.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.
Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. [Proverbs 28:1]
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites.
It takes courage to attempt the impossible. What would we think of Moses today if when it was time to part the red sea, he had said Why don't you guys go build a bridge?
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear.
No one reaches a high position without daring.
The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority; the test of courage comes when we are in a minority.
Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
It takes far less courage to kill yourself than it takes to make yourself wake up one more time. It is harder to stay where you are than to get out.
The brave person thinks of themselves last of all.
Courage is spelled I-N-T-E-G-R-I-T-Y.
The will to do, the soul to dare.
Fortune can take away riches, but not courage.
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
I don't think anybody steals anything; all of us borrow.
Stealing things is a glorious occupation, particularly in the art world.
Most writers steal a good thing when they can, and when 'Tis safely got 'Tis worth the winning. The worst of 't is we now and then detect em, they ever dream that we suspect em.
Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.
They lard their lean books with the fat of others work.
I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.
Gamesters and highwaymen are generally very good to their whores, but they are very devils to their wives.
I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
The slow man with integrity will ultimately catch the swift one who has none.
It is far better to be trusted and respected that it is to be liked.
A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times.
The glue that holds all relationships together -- including the relationship between the leader and the led is trust, and trust is based on integrity.
There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him.
Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
Nothing is said which has not been said before.
Plan more than you can do, then do it. Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Hitch your wagon to a star, keep your seat, and there you are
Plan well before you take the journey. Remember the carpenter's rule: Measure twice, cut once.
Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal
It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
The loftier the building the deeper the foundation must be.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.
Always plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
Before beginning, plan carefully.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shinning.
The person who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.
These are days when no one should rely unduly on his competence. Strength lies in improvisation. All the decisive blows are struck left-handed.
We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring this endeavor will light our bounty and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
You can milk a cow the wrong way once and still be a farmer, but vote the wrong way on a water tower and you can be in trouble.
This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.
Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is also true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.
The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first object.
Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
Information is the currency of democracy.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
We hold the view that the people make the best judgment in the long run.
Where there is no vision, the people perish. [Proverbs 29:18]
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
Hitch your wagon to a star. Let us not fag in paltry works which serve our pot and bag alone.
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
Some men see things as they are and say, Why? I of dream things that never were, and say, Why not?
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
It is our task in our time and in our generation to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours.
Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.
There is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily. Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn't write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn't any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.
Written in Chinese, the word crisis, is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represent opportunity.
An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
If there be one principle more deeply rooted than any other in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
News is that which comes from the North, East, West and South, and if it comes from only one point on the compass, then it is a class ; publication and not news.
None loves the messenger who brings bad news.
It is following the line of least resistance that makes men and rivers crooked.
Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another.
Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it.
Your life works to the degree you keep your agreements.
Integrity is the essence of everything successful.
Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.
The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions.
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.
Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies.
A little rebellion now and then... is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches.
Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.
Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.
I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.

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