Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
The happiness of society is the end of government.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
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