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#10

 

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.
 
#9
 

America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.

 
#8
 

A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.

 
#7
 

A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.

 
#6
 

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.

 
#5
 

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.

 
#4
 

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.

 
#3
 

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.

 
#2
 

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.

 
#1
 

Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

 
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