The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one.
There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.
There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.
Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.
Learn to think continentally.
Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will.
I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.
A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.
You should not have taken advantage of my sensibility to steal into my affections without my consent.
Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.
A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.
The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right.
Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.
Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates.
Unless your government is respectable, foreigners will invade your rights; and to maintain tranquillity, it must be respectable - even to observe neutrality, you must have a strong government.