Your search for "good government" returned 100 results from 28 Founders.
Zephaniah Swift:"It may generally be remarked that the more a government resembles a pure democracy the more they abound with disorder and confusion."source: Zephaniah Swift, A System of the Laws of the State of Connecticut (Windham: John Byrne, 1795), Vol. I, p. 19. Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy
Thomas Jefferson:"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere."source: The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1. General Correspondence. 1651-1827 Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Smith Adams, February 22, 1787 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mtj.mtjbib002565resistance, government
Thomas Jefferson:"History, in general, only informs us what bad government is."source: Letter to John Norvell, June 14, 1807.history, government, corruption
John Adams:"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."source: Quotes in John R. Howe, Jr., The Changing Political Thought of John Adams [Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1966], p.189morality, requirements of a free people, necessity of virtue, functionality of government
Benjamin Franklin:"A republic, if you can keep it."source: In answer to a question by Mrs. Powel: "Well, doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" Franklin had just emerged from the Constitutional Convention, and his answer was recorded by Joseph McHenry. September 18, 1787.form of government
George Washington:"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence--it is a force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."source: Quoted in Jacob M. Braude, Lifetime Speaker's Encyclopedia, 2 vols., 1:326.trust of government
John Witherspoon:"Pure democracy cannot subsist long nor be carried far into the departments of state, it is very subject to caprice and the madness of popular rage."source: The Works of John Witherspoon (Edinburgh: J. Ogle, 1815), Vol. VII, p. 101, Lecture 12 on Civil Society.Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy
John Quincy Adams:"The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived."source: The Jubilee of the Constitution. A Discourse Delivered in the City of New York on Tuesday, April 30th, 1839; (New York: Samuel Colman, 1839), p. 53.Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy
Benjamin Rush:"A simple democracy . . . is one of the greatest of evils."source: The Letters of Benjamin Rush, L. H. Butterfield, editor (Princeton: Princeton University Press for the American Philosophical Society, 1951), Vol. I, p. 523, to John Adams on July 21, 1789.Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy
John Adams:"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."source: letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814. Can be found in "The Works of John Adams", ed. Charles Francis Adams, vol. 6, p. 484Democracy, Bad Government
Fisher Ames:"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."source: Fisher Ames, Works of Fisher Ames (Boston: T. B. Wait & Co., 1809), p. 24, Speech on Biennial Elections, delivered January, 1788.Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy
Gouverneur Morris:"We have seen the tumult of democracy terminate . . . as [it has] everywhere terminated, in despotism. . . . Democracy! savage and wild. Thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous and wise to thy level of folly and guilt."source: An Oration Delivered on Wednesday, June 29, 1814, at the Request of a Number of Citizens of New-York, in Celebration of the Recent Deliverance of Europe from the Yoke of Military Despotism (New York: Van Winkle and Wiley, 1814), pp. 10, 22.Democracy, Bad Government, anarchy
Thomas Jefferson:"He is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad."source: To John Adams, August 27, 1786modesty, gossip, hearsay, happiness
William Penn:"Do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good."source: Some Fruits of Solitude, 1693.charity, benevolence

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