The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.
Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.
The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.
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.
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
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