Benjamin Franklin

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) [ discussion]
[Without accepting guidance from a higher power:] We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our Projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a Reproach and Bye word down to future Ages.
Franklin – Speech to the Constitutional Convention (June 28, 1787)
“ ... this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”
Franklin – Speech to the Constitutional Convention (June 28, 1787)
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