“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”- Thomas Jefferson
“I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”- Thomas Jefferson
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”- Thomas Jefferson
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”- Thomas Jefferson
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”- George Washington
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."- John Adams
“The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.”- Benjamin Franklin
“For my own part, I sincerely esteem it [the Constitution] a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests."- Alexander Hamilton
“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”- James Madison
“"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."- George Washington
"Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations."
"Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws." John Adams
"Never spend your money before you have earned it."
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories."
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
"It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government."