"In dealing with the State, we ought to remember that its institutions
are not aboriginal, though they existed before we were born;
that they are not superior to the citizen;
that every one of them was once the act of a single man;
every law and usage was a man's expedient to meet a particular case;
that they all are imitable, all alterable;
we may make as good; we may make better."
Essays, Second Series (1844)