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What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest…
Despotism can only exist in darkness, and there are too many lights now in the political firmament to permit it to remain anywhere, as it…
Union of religious sentiments begets a surprising confidence.
Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the leisure of the labouring…
If we are to take for the criterion of truth the majority of suffrages, they ought to be gotten from those philosophic and patriotic citizens…
Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against…
Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.
The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the state governments, in times…
To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and…
All that seems indispensible in stating the account between the dead and the living, is to see that the debts against the latter do not…
What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before…
There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that…
Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.
The internal effects of a mutable policy poisons the blessings of liberty itself.
The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.
Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.
As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.
The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.
Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from…
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
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