What did the founding fathers think about government?

What did the founding fathers think about government?

To contract new debts is not the way to pay old ones. –
-George Washington

Liberty cannot be preserved without knowledge among the people. –John Adams

As the happiness of the people is the sole end of government, so the consent of the people is the only foundation of it.
–John Adams

The government is best which governs the least, because its people govern themselves. –Thomas Jefferson

The time to guard against corruption and tyranny is before they shall have gotten hold of us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered. –Thomas Jefferson

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