Your search for "governance of men" returned 51 results from 23 Founders.
George Washington:"The army ... is a dangerous instrument to play with."source: To Alexander Hamilton, April 4, 1783.war, military, men at arms, war games
James Madison:"All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree."source: Speech to the Constitutional Convention, July 11, 1787.power, trust, authority, balance of power, corruption, deals
Samuel Adams:"The true patriot therefore, will enquire into the causes of the fears and jealousies of his countrymen; and if he finds they are not groundless, he will be far from endeavoring to allay or stifle them: On the contrary, constrain'd by the Amor Patriae and from public views, he will by all proper means in his power foment and cherish them: He will, as far as he is able, keep the attention of this fellow citizens awake to their grievances; and not suffer them to be at rest, till the causes of their just complaints are removed. --At such a time Philanthrop's Patriot [a King's man] may be "very cautious of charging the want of ability or integrity to those with whom any of the powers of government are entrusted": But the true patriot, will constantly be jealous of those very men: Knowing that power, especially in times of corruption, makes men wanton; that it intoxicates the mind; and unless those with whom it is entrusted, are carefully watched, such is the weakness or the perverseness of human nature, they will be apt to domineer over the people, instead of governing them, according to the known laws of the state, to which alone they have submitted. If he finds, upon the best enquiry, the want of ability or integrity; that is, an ignorance of, or a disposition to depart from, the constitution, which is the measure and rule of government & submission, he will point them out, and loudly proclaim them: He will stir up the people, incessantly to complain of such men, till they are either reform'd, or remov'd from that sacred trust, which it is dangerous for them any longer to hold. "source: Essay in the Boston Gazette, 1771.patriotism, truth, corruption, power, power of free speech, removal from office
Daniel Webster:"Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens."source: Speech at Plymouth, December 22, 1820.faith, religion, character, morals, christianity
Benjamin Franklin:"When men are employed they are best contented."source: Autobiography (Begun in 1771, published in full 1868).labor, work, employment

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