When ever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither is safe.
Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state.
The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.
People will not look forward to posterity who will not look backward to their ancestors.
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In this choice of inheritance we have given to our frame of polity the image of a relation in blood; binding up the constitution of our country with our dearest domestic ties; adopting our fundamental laws into the bosom of our family affections; keeping inseparable and cherishing with the warmth of all their combined and mutually reflected charities, our state, our hearths, our sepulchres, and our altars.
To innovate is not to reform.
Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.
In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature.
Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have must to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity -- the law of nature and of nations.
The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.