It is the great parent of science & of virtue: and that a nation will be great in both, always in proportion as it is free.
A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse.
I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.
The policy of American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (adminstrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.
That paper money has some advantages is admitted. But that its abuses also are inevitable and, by breaking up the measure of value, makes a lottery of all private property, cannot be denied.