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Colonial Sense: Society-Lifestyle: Colonial Quotes
A collection of notable quotations from a variety of Early Modern Era individuals. See the Guide for more details.

You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?— Benjamin Franklin
You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it.— Nathaniel Hawthorne
You give me a credit to which I have no claim in calling me "the writer of the Constitution of the United States." This was not, like the fabled Goddess of Wisdom, the offspring of a single brain. It ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands.
— Letter to William Cogswell, March 10, 1834
— James Madison
You have already disarmed my men without my knowledge, are their arms to be returned or not?— Zebulon Pike
You may delay, but time will not.— Benjamin Franklin
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.— Henry David Thoreau
You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.— Andrew Jackson
You seem ... to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy... The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal.
— 1820
— Thomas Jefferson
Your dear baby has died innocent and blameless, and has been called away by an all wise and merciful Creator, most probably from a life to misery and misfortune, and most certainly to one of happiness and bliss.— George Mason
Your former Fathers the Spaniards have now no further Authority over you.— Zebulon Pike
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.— Benjamin Franklin

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