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.
For my part, I sincerely esteem the Constitution, a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.
[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 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.