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As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene,…
Genius is sorrow’s child.
Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination – everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I…
I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.
While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill – little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four…
The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.
The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions…
The happiness of society is the end of government.
I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin…
My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
A government of laws, and not of men.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination…
The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill…
The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that… and all the glory…
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
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