If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
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