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"Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty." Make picture quote!
"I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth." Make picture quote!
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." Make picture quote!
"In politics the middle way is none at all." Make picture quote!
"The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that... and all the glory of it." Make picture quote!
"I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate." Make picture quote!
"I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman." Make picture quote!
"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy." Make picture quote!
"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war." Make picture quote!
"While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago." Make picture quote!
"When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more." Make picture quote!
"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty." Make picture quote!
"If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?" Make picture quote!
"There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live." Make picture quote!
"The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea." Make picture quote!
"The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations." Make picture quote!
"Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write." Make picture quote!
"The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries." Make picture quote!
"Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people." Make picture quote!
"Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases." Make picture quote!
"Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide." Make picture quote!
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." Make picture quote!
"Fear is the foundation of most governments." Make picture quote!
"Genius is sorrow's child." Make picture quote!
"Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws." Make picture quote!
"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak." Make picture quote!
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Make picture quote!
"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order." Make picture quote!
"My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived." Make picture quote!
"Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power." Make picture quote!
"Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell." Make picture quote!
"The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws." Make picture quote!
"A government of laws, and not of men." Make picture quote!
"Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society." Make picture quote!
"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation." Make picture quote!
"As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children." Make picture quote!
"A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man." Make picture quote!
"The arts and sciences, in general, during the three or four last centuries, have had a regular course of progressive improvement. The inventions in mechanic arts, the discoveries in natural philosophy, navigation and commerce, and the advancement of civil" Make picture quote!

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