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.
Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many.
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
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 attributes of sovereignty are now enjoyed by every state in the Union.
Laws are a dead letter without courts to expound and define their true meaning and operation.
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
[Imeachable conduct is] misconduct by public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.