There is no country in the world better deserving of notice than Japan; and there is no people (not even the Chinese) more remarkable for their strict seclusion than the Japanese. This nation, we know not how many centuries ago, attained a wonderful degree of refinement in the arts and discipline of life, in which it has probably never since progressed.
“The Art of Japanning”, The Saturday Magazine (London), n° 462, 14 September 1839.
I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager.