The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
A sincere and steadfast co-operation in promoting such a reconstruction of our political system as would provide for the permanent liberty and happiness of the United States.
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.
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.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
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.
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