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Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.

John Adams: Thoughts on Government, 1776

Quote 187 details Share on Google+ - Quote 187 Linked In Share Button - Quote 187 The circumstances that endanger the safety of nations are infinite, and for this reason no constitutional shackles can wisely be imposed on the power to which the care of it is committed.

Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 23, December 17, 1787
The Federalist Papers

Quote 195 details Share on Google+ - Quote 195 Linked In Share Button - Quote 195 The ingredients which constitute energy in the Executive are, first, unity; secondly, duration; thirdly, an adequate provision for its support; fourthly, competent powers. ... The ingredients which constitute safety in the republican sense are, first, a due dependence on the people, secondly, a due responsibility.

Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 70, March 14, 1788
The Federalist Papers

Quote 248 details Share on Google+ - Quote 248 Linked In Share Button - Quote 248 Although in the circle of his friends, where he might be unreserved with safety, he took a free share in conversation his colloquial talents were not above mediocrity, possessing neither copiousness of ideas, nor fluency of words. In public, when called on for a sudden opinion, he was unready, short and embarrassed.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to Dr. Walter Jones, January 2, 1814

Quote 277 details Share on Google+ - Quote 277 Linked In Share Button - Quote 277 During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety.

Thomas Jefferson: Second Inaugural Address, December 9, 1805

Quote 342 details Share on Google+ - Quote 342 Linked In Share Button - Quote 342 It becomes all therefore who are friends of a Government based on free principles to reflect, that by denying the possibility of a system partly federal and partly consolidated, and who would convert ours into one either wholly federal or wholly consolidated, in neither of which forms have individual rights, public order, and external safety, been all duly maintained, they aim a deadly blow at the last hope of true liberty on the face of the Earth.

James Madison: Notes on Nullification

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The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship nor safety.

Thomas Paine: Common Sense, 1776
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Quote 1362 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1362 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1362 All men are created equally free and independent, and have certain ihherent rights, of which they cannont, by any compact, deprive or divest their prosterity: among which are the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing the obtaining happiness and safety.

George Mason: First draft, Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776
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Quote 502 details Share on Google+ - Quote 502 Linked In Share Button - Quote 502 The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.

George Washington: General Orders, August 23, 1776

Quote 569 details Share on Google+ - Quote 569 Linked In Share Button - Quote 569 The people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it. And the federal Constitution - according to the mode prescribed therein [Article V] - has already undergone such amendments in several parts of it as from experience has been judged necessary.

Samuel Adams: the Legislature of Massachusetts, January 19, 1796

Quote 707 details Share on Google+ - Quote 707 Linked In Share Button - Quote 707 They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.


Quote 780 details Share on Google+ - Quote 780 Linked In Share Button - Quote 780 It is not choice then, but necessity that calls for Independence as the only means by which foreign Alliances can be obtained; and a proper confederation by which internal peace an Union may be secured. Contrary to our earnest, early, and repeated petitions for peace, liberty and safety, our enemies press us with war, threaten us with danger and Slavery

Richard Henry Lee: letter to Landon carter, June 2, 1776

Quote 893 details Share on Google+ - Quote 893 Linked In Share Button - Quote 893 There is no saying to what length an enterprising man may push his good fortune.

George Washington: To the New York Council of Safety, August 4, 1777

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I am first to show, that a man has a natural right to his property, to his character, to liberty, and to safety.

James Wilson: Of the Natural Rights of Individuals, 1790-1791
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The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim, and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed.


Quote 978 details Share on Google+ - Quote 978 Linked In Share Button - Quote 978 As, for the safety of society, we commit honest maniacs to Bedlam, so judges should be withdrawn from their bench, whose erroneous biases are leading us to dissolution. it may indeed injure them in fame or in fortune; but it saves the republic, which is the firs and supreme law.


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If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.


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That peace, safety, and concord may be the portion of our native land, and be long enjoyed by our fellow-citizens, is the most ardent wish of my heart, and if I can be instrumental in procuring or preserving them, I shall think I have not lived in vain.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to Benjamin Waring and others, March 23, 1801
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Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people.

Samuel Chase: Supreme Court of Maryland, "Runkel v. Winemiller", 4 H & McH. 276, 288, 1799

Quote 1105 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1105 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1105 As long Sir as Mankind shall retain a proper Sense of the Blessings of Peace Liberty and Safety, your Character in every Country and in every Age will be honor’d admir’d and rever’d: but to a Mind elevated as your’s, the Consciousness of having done Great and illustrious Deeds from the purest Principles of Patriotism; of having by your Wisdom and Magnanimity arrested the Arm of Tyranny—saved a dear Country and Millions of Fellow Citizens—and Millions yet unborn—from Slavery and all the Horrors and Calamities of Slavery, and placed their Rights and Liberties on a Permanent Foundation—must yield a Satisfaction infinitely superior to all the Pomp and Eclat of applauding Ages and admiring Worlds.

William Paca: letter to George Washington, December 20, 1783

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Every society, all government, and every kind of civil compact therefore, is or ought to be, calculated for the general good and safety of the community.

George Mason: remarks on Annual Elections for the Fairfax Independent Company, April 1775

Quote 1204 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1204 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1204 The hand of the people has given the mortal blow to a conspiracy, which, in other countries would have called for an appeal to armies; and has proved that government to be the strongest of which every man feels himself a part. It is a happy illustration too of the importance of preserving to the state authorities all that vigour which the constitution foresaw would be necessary, not only for their own safety, but for that of the whole.


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A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.

George Washington: First State of the Union, Jan 8, 1790 New York City
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Quote 1420 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1420 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1420 The new government will demolish our Balloon Constitution. If it had no other merit, this would be enough with me. But it has a thousand other things to recommend it. It makes us a Nation. It rescues us from anarchy and Slavery. It revives agriculture and commerce. It checks moral and political iniquity. In a word, it makes a man both willing to live and to die. To live, because it opens to him fair prospects of great public and private happiness. To die, because it ensures peace, order, safety and prosperity to his children.




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