"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace".
"Little stokes fell great Oaks".
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories"
"He that makes his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression, for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach himself."
"National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman"
"Happily, for America, happily, we trust, for the whole human race, they pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human history."
"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Amighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
"Neither the wisest Constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt."