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Ezra Stiles
November 29, 1727 - May 12, 1795
Nationality: American
Category: Clergyman
Subcategory: American Clergyman

All the forms of civil polity have been tried by mankind, except one, and that seems to have been reserved in Providence to be realized in America.


Our trade opens to all the world.


It should seem, then, that the nature of society dictates another, a higher branch, whose superiority arises from its being the interested and natural conservator of the universal interest.


Let the grand errand into America never be forgotten.


The greater part of the governments on earth may be termed monarchical aristocracies, or hereditary dominions independent of the people.


A few scattered accounts, collected and combined together, may lead us to two certain conclusions: 1. That all the American Indians are one kind of people; 2. That they are the same as the people in the northeast of Asia.


There are reasons for believing that the English increase will far surpass others, and that the diffusion of the United States will ultimately produce the general population of America.


The right of conscience and private judgment is unalienable, and it is truly the interest of all mankind to unite themselves into one body for the liberty, free exercise, and unmolested enjoyment of this right.


But Connecticut and Rhode Island have originally realized the most perfect polity as to a legislature.


With the people, especially a people seized of property, resides the aggregate of original power.


The constitutions of Maryland and New York are founded in higher wisdom.


Besides a happy policy as to civil government, it is necessary to institute a system of law and jurisprudence founded in justice, equity, and public right.


War, in some instances, especially defensive, has been authorized by Heaven.


Indians are numerous in the tropical regions; not so elsewhere.


A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments.


But after the spirit of conquest had changed the first governments, all the succeeding ones have, in general, proved one continued series of injustice, which has reigned in all countries for almost four thousand years.


The Lord shall have made his American Israel high above all nations which he hath made.


We stand a better chance with aristocracy, whether hereditary or elective, than with monarchy.


Let a bill, or law, be read, in the one branch or the other, every one instantly thinks how it will affect his constituents.


The British merchants represented that they received some profit indeed from Virginia and South Carolina, as well as the West Indies; but as for the rest of this continent, they were constant losers in trade.


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