The rich will strive to establish their dominion and enslave the rest. They always did...they always will. They will have the same effect here as elsewhere, if we do not, by the power of government, keep them in their proper spheres.

— Gouverneur Morris

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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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Religion is the only solid Base of morals and that Morals are the only possible Support of free governments.

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The education of young citizens ought to form them to good manners, to accustom them to labor, to inspire them with a love of order, and to impress them with respect for. lawful authority. Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.

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Religion is the solid basis of good morals;

therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God.

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If the people should elect, they will never fail to prefer some man of distinguished character, or services; some man, if he might so speak of continental reputation.

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In adopting the republican form of government, I not only took it as a man does his wife, for better, for worse, but, what few men do with their wives, I took it knowing all its bad qualities.

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He asks how the evil is to be remedied.

I tell him that there seems to be little chance for avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy; that the only ground of hope must be the morals of the people, but that these are, I fear, too corrupt.

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Each state enjoys sovereign power.

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The trial of Zenger in 1735 was the germ of American freedom, the morning star of that liberty which subsequently revolutionized America.

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[F]or avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy .

. . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.

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Nine-tenths of the people are at present freeholders.

.. The time is not distant when this country will abound with mechanics and manufacturers who will receive their bread from their employers. Will such men be the secure and faithful guardians of liberty? Give the votes to people who have no property, and they will sell them to the rich who will be able to buy them.

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Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation.

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About Gouverneur Morris

Quotes 16 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Statesman
Birthday October 16

There must be religion. When that ligament is torn, society is disjointed and its members perish... [T]he most important of all lessons is the denunciation of ruin to every state that rejects the precepts of religion.

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This magistrate is not the king. The people are the king.

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Give the vote to the people who have no property, and they will sell them to the rich, who will be able to buy them.

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