|Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.||Thomas Jefferson|
|War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.||George Washington|
|War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason.||James Madison|
|War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes.||Thomas Paine|
|War is a blessing compared with national degradation.||Andrew Jackson|
|War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.||Thomas Jefferson|
|War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.||James Madison|
|War, like most other things, is a science to be acquired and perfected by diligence, by perseverance, by time, and by practice.
- Federalist No. 25, December 21, 1787
|Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.||Benjamin Franklin|
|We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people.||Daniel Webster|
|We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.||Benjamin Franklin|
|We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.||Henry David Thoreau|
|We are beginning a new era in our government. I cannot too strongly urge the necessity of a rigid economy and an inflexible determination not to enlarge the income beyond the real necessities of the government.||Andrew Jackson|
|We are bound to defray expenses [of the war] within our own time, and are unauthorized to burden posterity with them.... We shall all consider ourselves morally bound to pay them ourselves and consequently within the life [expectancy] of the majority||Thomas Jefferson|
|We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all maters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.
- Letter to James Madison, November 30, 1785
|We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information.||Benjamin Franklin|
|We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.||Thomas Jefferson|
|We are not what we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for what we are capable of being.||Henry David Thoreau|
|We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.||James Madison|
|We are teaching the world the great truth that Governments do better without Kings & Nobles than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson that Religion Flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.
- Letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822