Whenever legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.
The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution.
I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,-- One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country-folk to be up and to arm.
I am a warrior, so that my son may be a merchant, so that his son may be a poet.
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.
Revolt is the right of the people
America is a friend of freedom everywhere, but a custodian only of our own.
Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
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.
Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.