March 16, 1751
The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.
The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment.
The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.
As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.
Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.
Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt.
To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.