Equal laws protecting equal rights; the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country.
I rejoice in a belief that intellectual light will spring up in the dark corners of the earth; that freedom of enquiry will produce liberality of conduct; that mankind will reverse the absurd position that the many were, made for the few; and that they will not continue slaves in one part of the globe, when they can become freemen in another.
Every time the government attempts to handle our affairs, it costs more and the results are worse than if we had handled them ourselves.
The natural rights of the colonists are these: First, a right to life; second, to liberty; third to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can.
Rightful liberty in 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," for law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of an individual.
The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.
Libertarianism is the philosophy which says that you can run your life better than the government can, and you have the right to be left alone in order to do it.
[J]udges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men.
Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.
When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.