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
[H]owever weak our country may be, I hope we shall never sacrifice our liberties.
What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.
I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.
Self-preservation is the first principle of our nature.
The attributes of sovereignty are now enjoyed by every state in the Union.
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
Remember civil and religious liberty always go together: if the foundation of the one be sapped, the other will fall of course.
No character, however upright, is a match for constantly reiterated attacks, however false.
Laws are a dead letter without courts to expound and define their true meaning and operation.
To judge from the history of mankind, we shall be compelled to conclude, that the fiery and destructive passions of war, reign in the human breast, with much more powerful sway, than the mild and beneficent sentiments of peace.
The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.
Can any reasonable man be well disposed toward a government which makes war and carnage the only means of supporting itself?
As riches increase and accumulate in few hands . . . the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard.
A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.
Experience teaches, that men are often so much governed by what they are accustomed to see and practice, that the simplest and most obvious improvements . . . are adopted with hesitation, reluctance, and slow gradations.
[Imeachable conduct is] misconduct by public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.
Those who do not industrialize become hewers of wood and hawkers of water
In a free government, the security for civil rights must be the same as that for religious rights. It consists in the one case in the multiplicity of interests, and in the other in the multiplicity of sects.