Andrew Hamilton

January 01, 1700 - January 01, 1700
"We ought at the same time to be upon our guard against Power, wherever we apprehend that it may affect ourselves or our Fellow-Subjects. ... Power may be justly compared to a great river which, while kept within its due bounds is both beautiful and useful; but when it overflows its banks, is then too impetuous to be stemmed, it bears down all before it and brings destruction and desolation wherever it goes. If this then is the nature of power, let us at least do our duty, and likewise men use our utmost care to support liberty, the only bulwark against lawless power."source: Defense of Peter Zenger, 1735.power, authority, liberty, freedom, oppression

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