"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
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"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
"It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor."
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government."
"A Constitution of government once changed from freedom can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading them out of it."
- Benjamin Franklin
"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks... It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation... if we should...be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men."
- Samuel Adams
"We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."