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"I am so hackneyed to the touches of the painter's pencils that I am now altogether at their first I was as impatient and as restive under the operation as a colt is of the saddle. The next time I submitted very reluctantly, but with less flouncing. Now no dray horse moves more readily to his thill than I do to the painter's chair."
Author: George Washington     Topic: Arts Quotes
Source: A letter to Francis Hopkinson, 1785
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Author: James Madison
Source: A speech to Congress, April 20, 1789
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"The Science of Government it is my Duty to study, more than all other Sciences: the Art of Legislation and Administration and Negotiation, ought to take Place, indeed to exclude in a manner all other Arts. I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine."
Author: John Adams
Source: A letter to Abigail Adams, May 12, 1780 (original spelling)
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