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Knowing the Presidents

Portrait of a Revolutionary general on horseback
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master."
Monochromatic, profile portrait of a man (THomas Jefferson)
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Bust-length portrait of a man in a black suit with black tie and white hair
"The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality."
Miniature portrait of a young Abraham Lincoln wearing a dark coat and tie
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
Man in riding clothes sitting astride a horse, facing right.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
knee-length portrait of a man in a suit sitting in a rocking chair,
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
Man in a powdered wig and black suit with a white shirt and cravat
"But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."
Man in a black suit and white cravat with a powdered wig
"If men were angels, no government would be necessary."
Waist-length portrait of a man in black coat, cream-colored waistcoat and white cravat.
"The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil."
Balding man in a black suit with black cravat seated and facing left.
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."