"I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."
"The principle of spending money to be paid by future generations, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
"I hope [that] we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength and [to] bid defiance to the laws of our country."
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”
"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor any bread it has earned- this is the sum of good government."
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."