How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.

letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, February 21, 1825

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Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

First Inaugural Address. March 4, 1801

When a man has cast his longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.

We never repent of having eaten too little.

letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, February 21, 1825

Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.

letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, February 21, 1825

Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.

letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, February 21, 1825