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" I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment. "
" No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. "
" Philosophy is common sense with big words. "
" If men were angels, no government would be necessary. "
" All that seems indispensible in stating the account between the dead and the living, is to see that the debts against the latter do not exceed the advances made by the former. "
" In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority. "
" It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done. "
" Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the leisure of the labouring classes. "
" Despotism can only exist in darkness, and there are too many lights now in the political firmament to permit it to remain anywhere, as it has heretofore done, almost everywhere. "
" 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. "
" A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them. "
" The internal effects of a mutable policy poisons the blessings of liberty itself. "
" Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations. "
" A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people. "
" I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. "
" There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong. "
" 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. "
" The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. "
" In no instance have... the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people. "
" What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? "
" We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. "
" The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state. "
" What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? "
" The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right. "
" A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both. "
" Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. "
" All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. "
" What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support? "