“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good
masters, but they mean to be masters.” – Noah Webster
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human liberty; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” – William Pitt
“When citizens fear their government, you have tyranny; when the government fears its citizens, you have freedom.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to, and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” – Frederick Douglass
“Yes, sir; of course you may pat me down. No problem at all. And thank you.” – American citizen attempting to board an airplane.
– Ross Levatter