Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.
It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.
There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.
A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.
Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.
Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will.
Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
A promise must never be broken.
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.
Learn to think continentally.
Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
You should not have taken advantage of my sensibility to steal into my affections without my consent.
Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion.
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