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.
[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.
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
Remember civil and religious liberty always go together: if the foundation of the one be sapped, the other will fall of course.