|I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.||Thomas Jefferson|
|I acknowledge, in the ordinary course of government, that the exposition of the laws and Constitution devolves upon the judicial. But I beg to know upon what principle it can be contended that any one department draws from the Constitution greater powers than another in marking out the limits of the powers of the several departments.
- Speech in the Congress of the United States, June 17, 1789
|I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.||John Adams|
|I always considered an idle Life, as a real evil, but, a life of such hurry, such constant hurry, leaves us scarcely a moment for reflection or for the discharge of any other then the most immediate and pressing concerns.||Edward Rutledge|
|I am a Christian, that is to say a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the pure doctrine of Jesus also.||Thomas Jefferson|
|I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.||Henry David Thoreau|
|I am a Senator against my wishes and feelings, which I regret more than any other of my life.||Andrew Jackson|
|I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.||Thomas Jefferson|
|I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
- On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, November 1766
|I am George Rogers Clark. You have just become a prisoner of the Commonwealth of Virginia.||George Rogers Clark|
|I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close. I will soon cease to be a servant and will become a sovereign.||James K. Polk|
|I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.||Thomas Jefferson|
|I am persuaded that a firm union is as necessary to perpetuate our liberties as it is to make us respectable; and experience will probably prove that the National Government will be as natural a guardian of our freedom as the State Legislatures.
- Speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June, 1788
|I am principled against this kind of traffic in the human species...and to disperse the families I have an aversion.|
- Letter to Robert Lewis, August 18, 1799
|I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.||Henry David Thoreau|
|I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials.||George Mason|
|I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.||Samuel Adams|
|I begin to grow heartily tired of the etiquette and nonsense so fashionable in this city.||George Mason|
|I believe and I say it is true Democratic feeling, that all the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.||William Henry Harrison|
|I believe in one God, the first and great cause of goodness. I also believe in Jesus Christ, the rebirth of the world. I also believe in the Holy Ghost, the comforter.||Daniel Morgan|