In a free country there is much clamor with little suffering: in a despotic state there is little complaint but much suffering.
A state to prosper, must be built on foundations of a moral character, and this character is the principal element of its strength, and the only guaranty of its permanence and prosperity.
What constitutes a state? Not high raised battlement, or labored mound, thick wall, or moated gate; not cities, proud with spires and turrets crowned, nor bays and broad-armed ports, where, laughing at the storm, rich navies ride, nor starred and spangled courts.—No!—men, high-minded men, with powers as far above all brutes endowed as beasts excel cold rocks and brambles; men, who their duties know, but know their rights, and knowing dare maintain—these constitute a state.
That state is best ordered where the wicked have no command, and the good have.