To err is nature, to rectify error is glory.

Comment, 1754; to William Payne

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It is not in the power of any man to command success; but you have done more — you have deserved it.

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My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty . . . it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.

Reason, too late perhaps, may convince you of the folly in misspending time.

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

Letter, 17 Aug 1779

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtueenough to maintain what I consider the mostenviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.