Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.
If we are to take for the criterion of truth the majority of suffrages, they ought to be gotten from those philosophic and patriotic citizens who cultivate their reason.
The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science.
War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.
If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.
Every nation whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors.
The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.
The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.
By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt.
Whenever a youth is ascertained to possess talents meriting an education which his parents cannot afford, he should be carried forward at the public expense.
I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment.
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the state governments, in times of peace and security.
I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason.