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Quote 613 details Share on Google+ - Quote 613 Linked In Share Button - Quote 613 Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes ... but when a long train of abuses and usurpations ... evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security


Quote 614 details Share on Google+ - Quote 614 Linked In Share Button - Quote 614 If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.... [But lacking these] you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself


Quote 615 details Share on Google+ - Quote 615 Linked In Share Button - Quote 615 I call you to witness that I was the first member of the Congress who ventured to come out in public, as I did in January 1776, in my Thoughts on Government ... in favor of a government with three branches and an independent judiciary. This pamphlet, you know, was very unpopular. No man appeared in public to support it but yourself

John Adams: Unknown

Quote 617 details Share on Google+ - Quote 617 Linked In Share Button - Quote 617 The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly the functions he is competent [to perform best].


Quote 624 details Share on Google+ - Quote 624 Linked In Share Button - Quote 624 I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political


Quote 631 details Share on Google+ - Quote 631 Linked In Share Button - Quote 631 I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.


Quote 632 details Share on Google+ - Quote 632 Linked In Share Button - Quote 632 My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.


Quote 634 details Share on Google+ - Quote 634 Linked In Share Button - Quote 634 The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.


Quote 645 details Share on Google+ - Quote 645 Linked In Share Button - Quote 645 Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other

John Adams: Unknown

Quote 649 details Share on Google+ - Quote 649 Linked In Share Button - Quote 649 It appears to me that little more than common sense and common honesty in the transactions of the community at large would b necessary to make us a great and a happy nation. For if the general government lately adopted shall be arranged and administered in such a manner as to acquire the full confidence of the American people, I sincerely believe they will have greater advantages, from their natural, moral, and political circumstances, for public felicity than any other people ever possessed

George Washington: To the citizens of Baltimore, 1789

Quote 653 details Share on Google+ - Quote 653 Linked In Share Button - Quote 653 The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest

Thomas Jefferson: Summary view of the Rights of British American – 1774

Quote 661 details Share on Google+ - Quote 661 Linked In Share Button - Quote 661 The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves.

Thomas Paine: 1785 - Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments

Quote 663 details Share on Google+ - Quote 663 Linked In Share Button - Quote 663 When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.


Quote 674 details Share on Google+ - Quote 674 Linked In Share Button - Quote 674 We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments of God.

James Madison: 1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia
For God and Country (T.K. Marion)

Quote 679 details Share on Google+ - Quote 679 Linked In Share Button - Quote 679 But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.

George Washington: 1796 - Farewell Address

Quote 692 details Share on Google+ - Quote 692 Linked In Share Button - Quote 692 The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.


Quote 695 details Share on Google+ - Quote 695 Linked In Share Button - Quote 695 The greatest [calamity] which could befall [us would be] submission to a government of unlimited powers.

Thomas Jefferson: ), Declaration and Protest of Virgina, 1825

Quote 699 details Share on Google+ - Quote 699 Linked In Share Button - Quote 699 The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, where the Government are afraid to trust their people with arms.

John Adams: Unknown

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The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is a instrument for the people to restrain the government...

Patrick Henry: the source for this quote is unsure. Some people say it was never actually said.

Quote 711 details Share on Google+ - Quote 711 Linked In Share Button - Quote 711 Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?

Thomas Jefferson: First Inagural Adddress, 1801

Quote 715 details Share on Google+ - Quote 715 Linked In Share Button - Quote 715 Two of the New England Colonies enjoy a Government purely democratical the Nature and Principle of which both civil and religious are so totally incompatible with Monarchy, that they have ever lived in a restless state under it. The other two tho not so popular in their frame bordered so near upon it that Monarchical Influence hung very heavy on them. The best opportunity in the World being now offered them to throw off all subjection and embrace their darling Democracy they are determined to accept it.

Carter Braxton: to Landon Carter April 14, 1776

Quote 734 details Share on Google+ - Quote 734 Linked In Share Button - Quote 734 History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to John Norvell, June 14, 1807

Quote 742 details Share on Google+ - Quote 742 Linked In Share Button - Quote 742 The Constitution proposed has few, if any federal features, but is rather a system of national government: Nevertheless, in many respects I think it has great merit, and by proper amendments may be adapted to the exigencies of government and the preservation of liberty.

Elbridge Gerry: Letter to Massachusetts Legislature Oct 18,1787

Quote 748 details Share on Google+ - Quote 748 Linked In Share Button - Quote 748 .......it is the nature and intention of a constitution to prevent governing by party, by establishing a common principle that shall limit and control the power and impulse of party, and that says to all parties, thus far shalt thou go and no further. But in the absence of a constitution, men look entirely to party; and instead of principle governing party, party governs principle. An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine: A Dissertation on the First Principles of Government (1795)
Quoted Document: Dissertation on first-principles of government

Quote 749 details Share on Google+ - Quote 749 Linked In Share Button - Quote 749 But besides the danger of a direct mixture of Religion & civil Government, there is an evil which ought to be guarded agst in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it in perpetuity by ecclesiastical corporations. The power of all corporations, ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses.

James Madison: Detached Memoranda, ca. 1817



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