If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
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.
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
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