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.
In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.
The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.
Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.
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.
As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
In no instance have... the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
Whenever a youth is ascertained to possess talents meriting an education which his parents cannot afford, he should be carried forward at the public expense.
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect.
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