Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.
We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them.
How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
If Virtue & Knowledge are diffus'd among the People, they will never be enslav'd. This will be their great Security.
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.
The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.