Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
To govern according to the sense and agreement of the interests of the people is a great and glorious object of governance. This object cannot be obtained but through the medium of popular election, and popular election is a mighty evil.
Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young peoples, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.
There never was a bad man that had ability for good service.
People crushed by law have no hope but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous...
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
In a free country every man thinks he has a concern in all public matters,--that he has a right to form and a right to deliver an opinion on them. This it is that fills countries with men of ability in all stations.
The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again; and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.
All men have equal rights, but not to equal things.
There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
Liberty, without wisdom, is license.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.