The liberties of a people depend on their own constant attention to its preservation.
There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.
I believe that all the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.
The prudent capitalist will never adventure his capital . . . if there exists a state of uncertainty as to whether the Government will repeal tomorrow what it has enacted today.
Times change, and we change with them.
Sound morals, religious liberty, and a just sense of religious responsibility are essentially connected with all true and lasting happiness.
Is one of the fairest portions of the globe to remain in a state of nature, the haunt of a few wretched savages, when it seems destined by the Creator to give support to a large population and to be the seat of civilization?
The people are the best guardians of their own rights and it is the duty of their executive to abstain from interfering in or thwarting the sacred exercise of the lawmaking functions of their government.
The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed.
A decent and manly examination of the acts of government should not only be tolerated, but encouraged.
We admit of no government by divine right, believing that so far as power is concerned the Beneficent Creator has made no distinction amongst men; that all are upon an equality, and that the only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed.
All the lessons of history and experience must be lost upon us if we are content to trust alone to the peculiar advantages we happen to possess.
Conscience, that vicegerent of God in the human heart, whose "still small voice" the loudest revelry cannot drown.
The chains of military despotism, once fastened upon a nation, ages might pass away before they could be shaken off.
To Englishmen, life is a topic, not an activity.
The plea of necessity, that eternal argument of all conspirators.
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