I thank all of you who have spoken out for your courage, your point of view — all of it — your advocacy is very American and very important.
Ignorant people elect ignorant rulers.
In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.
No people will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign invaders.