In all great changes of established governments, forms ought to give way to substance
The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived
Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government
The rights of man as the foundation of just Government had been long understood but the superstructures projected had been sadly defective
The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim, and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed
No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment....
What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual surest support
The distinction between liberty and licentiousness is a repetition of the Protean doctrine of implication, which is ever ready to work its ends by varying its shape
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.
Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.
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 support
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.
The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
The internal effects of a mutable policy poisons the blessings of liberty itself.
The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy.
The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.
The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science.
Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.
Of all the enemies of public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded.
In no instance have... the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.
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 has heretofore done, almost everywhere.
Commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive, and impolitic.
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 exceed the advances made by the former.
All men having power ought to be mistrusted.