Henry Knox Quotes

11 Henry Knox quotes:

"But we find that we are men,-actual men, possessing all the turbulent passions belonging to that animal, and that we must have a government proper and adequate for him."
"Every friend to the liberty of his country is bound to reflect, and step forward to prevent the dreadful consequences which shall result from a government of events."
"Having proceeded to this length, for which they are now ripe, we shall have a formidable rebellion against reason, the principle of all government, and against the very name of liberty."
"Men at a distance, who have admired our systems of government unfounded in nature, are apt to accuse the rulers, and say that taxes have been assessed too high and collected too rigidly."
"That taxes may be the ostensible cause is true, but that they are the true cause is as far remote from truth as light from darkness."
"The frame of mind in the local legislatures seems to be exerted to prevent the federal constitution from having any good effect."
"The powers of Congress are totally inadequate to preserve the balance between the respective States, and oblige them to do those things which are essential for their own welfare or for the general good."
"This dreadful situation, for which our government have made no adequate provision, has alarmed every man of principle and property in New England."
"Unless this is done, we shall be liable to be ruled by an arbitrary and capricious armed tyranny, whose word and will must be law."
"We have arrived at that point of time in which we are forced to see our own humiliation, as a nation, and that a progression in this line cannot be a productive of happiness, private or public."
"We imagined that the mildness of our government and the wishes of the people were so correspondent that we were not as other nations, requiring brutal force to support the laws."

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