"The principles on which we engaged, of which the charter of our independence is the record, were sanctioned by the laws of our being, and we but obeyed them in pursuing undeviatingly the course they called for.
It issued finally in that inestimable state of freedom which alone can ensure to man the enjoyment of his equal rights."
"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate."
"Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual."