294. The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine involving more precious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism.
- The Supreme Court 1866
304. History will teach us that [a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people], [and] has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism, …and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.
- Alexander Hamilton – The Federalist No. 1, 1787-1788
307. (Speaking of the history of people)ATJ We may profit by their experience without paying the price which it cost them.
- John Jay – The Federalist No. 5, 1787-1788