Your search for "power of free speech" returned 92 results from 26 Founders.
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
Thomas Jefferson:"The only security of all is in a free press."source: Letter to Marquis de Lafayette, 1823.right of speech, free press, news, internet
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
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
John Adams:"The liberty of the press is essential to the security of the state."source: Free-Press Clause, Massachusetts Constitution, 1780.freedom of speech, freedom of the press, security
Alexander Hamilton:"Men always love power."source: Constitutional Convention, June 18, 1787.power, love, natural man
Gouverneur Morris:"For 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."source: "A Diary of the French Revolution", (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1939), Vol. II, p. 172, April 29, 1791; Vol. II, p. 452, to Lord George Gordon, June 28, 1792Religion, Morals, Freedom, avoid despotism, avoid anarchy
James Madison:"No free Country has ever been without parties, which are a natural offspring of Freedom."source: Note on his suffrage speech at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, 1787.political parties, freedom
Thomas Jefferson:"Knowledge is power .. knowledge is safety ... knowledge is happiness."source: Letter to George Ticknor, November 25, 1817.intelligence, wisdom, happiness, education
Samuel Adams:"The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought."source: Article in the Boston Gazette, October 14, 1771.freedom, defense
William Penn:"Wear none of thine own chains; but keep free, whilst thou art free."source: Some Fruits of Solitude, 1693.freedom

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