Fisher Ames

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Fisher Ames

No one ever became, or can become truly eloquent without being a reader of the Bible, and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.More Fisher Ames [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I consider biennial elections as a security that the sober,
second thought of the people shall be law.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Man is by nature a political animal.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and the ignorant believe to be liberty.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No one ever became, or can become truly eloquent without being a reader of the Bible, and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The gentleman puts me in mind of an old hen which persists in setting after her eggs are taken awayMore Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
[I]f these [new] books ... must be retained, as they will be, should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book?More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The gentleman puts me in mind of an old hen which persists in setting after her eggs are taken away.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press...It is a precious pest, and a necessary mischief, and there would be no liberty without it.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A government by the passions of the multitude, or, no less correctly, according to the vices, and ambitions of their leaders is a democracy.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All such men are, or ought to be, agreed, that simple governments are despotisms; and of all despotisms, a democracy, though the least durable, is the most violent.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits . . . it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
That can never be reasoned down which was not reasoned up.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The rights of conscience, of bearing arms, of changing the government, are declared to be inherent in the people.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
[Why] should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long; and probably if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The happiness of a people, and the good order and preservation of civil government, essentially depend on piety, religion, and morality.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Liberty is not to be enjoyed, indeed it cannot exist, without the habits of just subordination; it consists, not so much in removing all restraint from the orderly, as in imposing it on the violent.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We are not to consider ourselves, while here, as at church or school, to listen to the harangues of speculative piety; we are here to talk of the political interests committed to our charge.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people. It is the stale artifice which has duped the world a thousand times, and yet, though detected, it is still successful. I love liberty as well as anybody. I am proud of it, as the true title of our people to distinction above others; but . . . I would guard it by making the laws strong enough to protect it.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No man can be a sound lawyer in this land who is not well read in the ethics of Moses and the virtues of Jesus.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Why then, if these new books for children must be retained, as they will be, should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book ?More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a schoolbook? Its morals are pure, its examples are captivating and noble....In no Book is there so good English, so pure and so elegant, and by teaching all the same they will speak alike, and the Bible will justly remain the standard of language as well as of faith.More Fisher Ames [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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