You have not, as good patriots should do, studied the public good, but your particular ends: Factious among yourselves; preferring such to offices and honors, as ne'er read the elements of saving policy; but deeply skill'd in all the principles that usher to destruction.
We, that would be known the father of our people, in our study, and vigilance for their safety, must not change their ploughshares into swords, and force them from the secure shade of their own vines, to be scorched with the flames of war.
The over curious are not over wise. The sum of all that makes a just man happy consists in the well choosing of his wife: and there, well to discharge it, does require equality of years, of birth, of fortune; for beauty being poor, and not cried up by birth or wealth, can truly mix with neither. And wealth, when there's such difference in years, and fair descent, must make the yoke uneasy.
Nor custom, nor example, nor cast numbers of such as do offend, make less the sin.
Man was mark'd a friend in his creation to himself, and may, with fit ambition, conceive the greatest blessings, and the highest honors appointed for him, if he can achieve them the right and noble way.