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'Old minds are like old horses you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.'


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'I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.'


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'Fear is the foundation of most governments.'


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'Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.'


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'When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.'


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'Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.'


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'Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.'


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'There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.'


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'The happiness of society is the end of government.'


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'A government of laws, and not of men.'


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'While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.'


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'The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.'


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'Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.'


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'Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.'


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'Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.'


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'The happiness of society is the end of government.'


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'When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.'


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'Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.'


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'My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.'


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'Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.'


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'Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.'


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'There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.'


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'The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.'


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'A government of laws, and not of men.'


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'All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.'


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'In politics the middle way is none at all.'


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'I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.'


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'I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.'


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'Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.'


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'There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.'


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'Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.'


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'Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.'


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'Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.'


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'The happiness of society is the end of government.'


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'Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.'


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'Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.'


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'There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.'


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'I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.'


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'Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.'

 

 

 

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