A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.
A standing army, however necessary it may be at some times, is always dangerous to the liberties of the people. Such power should be watched with a jealous eye.
A true patriot would keep the attention of his fellow citizens awake to their grievances, and not allow them to rest till the causes of their just complaints are removed.
All men have a right to remain in a state of nature as long as they please; and in case of intolerable oppression, civil or religious, to leave the society they belong to, and enter into another.
Driven from every other corner of the earth, freedom of thought and the right of private judgment in matters of conscience direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum.
How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
How strangely will the tools of a tyrant pervert the plain meaning of words.
If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great Security.
In monarchy the crime of treason may admit of being pardoned or lightly punished, but the man who dares rebel against the laws of a republic ought to suffer death.
In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practised, and, both by precept and example, inculcated on mankind.
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
It is a very great mistake to imagine that the object of loyalty is the authority and interest of one individual man, however dignified by the applause or enriched by the success of popular actions.
It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail.
Let no man thirst for good beer.
Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter.
Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.
Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.
Nil desperandum,- Never Despair. That is a motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.
Our union is now complete; our constitution composed, established, and approved. You are now the guardians of your own liberties.
The natural liberty of man, by entering into society, is abridged or restrained, so far only as is necessary for the great end of society, the best good of the whole.
The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.
The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.
We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them.
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