_"I pray to heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof."

-- John Adams, Second President of the United States, Letter to Abigail, November 2, 1800, on moving into the White House

 
 
_"This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force."

-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, 1796