Quotes From The United States Founders

John Adams1776 – Thoughts on Government
Category: Judiciary

The dignity and stability of government in all its branches, the morals of the people, and every blessing of society depend so much upon an upright and skillful administration of justice, that the judicial power ought to be distinct from both the legislative and executive, and independent upon both, that so it may be a check upon both, and both should be checks upon that.
Reference: The Works of John Adams, C.F. Adams, ed. (198)
John Adams

1776 – Thoughts on Government
Category: Judiciary
[J]udges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men.
Reference: The Works of John Adams, Charles Adams, ed., 198.
Alexander Hamilton

1788 – Federalist No. 78
Category: Judiciary
The Judiciary…has no influence over either the sword or the purse; no direction either of the strength or of the wealth of the society, and can take no active resolution whatever. It may truly be said to have neither force nor will.
Reference: Hamilton, Federalist No. 78 (465)
Alexander Hamilton

1788 – Federalist No. 81
Category: Judiciary
[T]here is not a syllable in the plan under consideration which directly empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of the Constitution.
Reference: Hamilton, Federalist No. 81 (482)
Alexander Hamilton

1788 – Federalist No. 78
Category: Judiciary
The standard of good behavior for the continuance in office of the judicial magistracy is certainly one of the most valuable of the modern improvements in the practice of government.
Reference: Hamilton, Federalist No. 78.
Alexander Hamilton

1788 – Federalist No. 78
Category: Judiciary
And it proves, in the last place, that liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have everything to fear from its union with either of the other departments.
Reference: Hamilton, Federalist No. 78.

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