A general presumption that Icings will govern well, is not a sufficient security to the People... those who subjected themselves to the will of a man were governed by a beast.
That is the best Government, which best provides for war.
The truth is, man is hereunto led by reason which is his nature.
We live in an age that makes truth pass for treason, and as I dare not say anything against it, so the ears of those that are about me will probably be found too tender to hear it. This my trial and condemnation do sufficiently evidence.
God leaves to Man the choice of Forms in Government; and those who constitute one Form, may abrogate it.
The best Governments of the World have bin composed of Monarchy, Aristocracy, and Democracy.
The common Notions of Liberty are not from School Divines, but from Nature.
God helps those who help themselves.
Few men would be so gentle as to spare even the best, if by their destruction vile usurpers could become God's anointed, and by the most execrable wickedness invest themselves with that divine character.
Tis hard to comprehend how one man can come to be master of many, equal to himself in right, unless it be by consent or by force.
To depend upon the Will of a Man is Slavery.
It is not necessary to light a candle to the sun.
Many things are unknown to the wisest, and the best men can never wholly divest themselves of passions and affections... nothing can or ought to be permanent but that which is perfect.
There may be a hundred thousand men in an army, who are all equally free; but they only are naturally most fit to be commanders or leaders, who most excel in the virtues required for the right performance of those offices.
Men lived like fishes; the great ones devoured the small.