American Statesman, Politician and Naturalist, U.S. Senator, Governor of New York, largely responsible for the construction of the Erie Canal
The sinner will not confess, nor will the priest receive his confession, if the veil of secrecy is removed.
Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in fame, unlimited in space, and infinite in duration. In the performance of its sacred offices, it fears no danger, spares no expense, looks in the volcano, dives into the ocean, perforates the earth, wings its flight into the skies, explores sea and land, contemplates the distant, examines the minute, comprehends the great, ascends to the sublime - no place too remote for its grasp, no height too exalted for its reach.