Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Argument in Defense of the British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials (4 December 1770)
Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
- “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service…
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