Great Ambition, unchecked by principle, or the love of Glory, is an unruly Tyrant.
People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work.
No person that has enjoyed the sweets of liberty can be insensible of its infinite value, or can reflect on its reverse without horror and detestation
Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many.
What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.
[H]owever weak our country may be, I hope we shall never sacrifice our liberties.
I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.
Self-preservation is the first principle of our nature.
The citizens of America have too much discernment to be argued into anarchy. And I am much mistaken, if experience has not wrought a deep and solemn conviction in the public mind, that greater energy of government is essential to the welfare and prosperity of the community
Laws are a dead letter without courts to expound and define their true meaning and operation.
The attributes of sovereignty are now enjoyed by every state in the Union.
The standard of good behavior for the continuance in office of the judicial magistracy is certainly one of the most valuable of the modern improvements in the practice of government.