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.
What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.
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.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
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.
The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.
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