Aaron Burr

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The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure, and pleasure my business.

Aaron Burr, Jr. (6 February 175614 September 1836) was the Vice-President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, also famous for having killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.


  • The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure and pleasure my business.
    • Letter to Pichon.
  • There is a maxim, 'Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.' It is a maxim for sluggards. A better reading of it is, 'Never do today what you can as well do tomorrow,' because something may occur to make you regret your premature action.
alternately reported as
  • Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.
  • Law is whatever is boldly asserted and plausibly maintained.
    • Reported in Burton Stevenson, Home Book of Proverbs, Maxims and Familiar Phrases (1948).
  • In the past even I was afraid of my own greatness, therefore I could not stand in front of mirrors.
  • On that subject I am coy.
    • Last words; Burr was an atheist. His last words were a response to the efforts of his friend, Reverend P.J. Van Pelt, to get Burr to state that there was a God.

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