"I think the first duty of society is justice."
"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."
"I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value."
"I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man."
"Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing."
"A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing."
"It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government."
"No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, rather than a slave."
"A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one."
"A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous."
"A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired."
"In the general course of human nature, A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will."
"There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism."
"Experience is the oracle of truth; and where its responses are unequivocal, they ought to be conclusive and sacred."
"Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint."
"War, like most other things, is a science to be acquired and perfected by diligence, by perseverance, by time, and by practice."
"No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability."
"The circumstances that endanger the safety of nations are infinite, and for this reason no constitutional shackles can wisely be imposed on the power to which the care of it is committed."
"The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral."
"To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted."
"Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others."
"If mankind were to resolve to agree in no institution of government, until every part of it had been adjusted to the most exact standard of perfection, society would soon become a general scene of anarchy, and the world a desert."
"It is evident from the state of the country, from the habits of the people, from the experience we have had on the point itself, that it is impracticable to raise any very considerable sums by direct taxation."
"This process of election affords a moral certainty that the office of President will seldom fall to the lot of any many who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications."
"A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must be, in practice, a bad government."
"In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself."
"The true principle of government is this — make the system compleat in its structure; give a perfect proportion and balance to its parts; and the powers you give it will never affect your security."
"The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right."