Jonathan Mayhew Quotes


Common tyrants and public oppressors are not intitled to obedience from their subjects by virtue of any thing here laid down by the inspired apostle.

The apostle enters upon his subject thus - Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers; for there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

But let us remember at the same time government is sacred and not to be trifled with.

It would be stupid tameness and unaccountable folly for whole nations to suffer one unreasonable ambitious and cruel man to wanton and riot in their misery.

There are others who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism

It becomes us therefore to be contented and dutiful subjects.

The only reason of the institution of civil government; and the only rational ground of submission to it is the common safety and utility.

Let us prize our freedom; but not use our liberty for a cloak of maliciousness

All civil rulers as such are the ordinance and ministers of God; and they are all by the nature of their office and in their respective spheres and stations bound to consult the public welfare

People are not usually deprived of their liberties all at once but gradually by one encroachment after another as it is found they are disposed to bear them.

Extremes are dangerous.

Let us all learn to be free and to be loyal

For which reason I would exhort you to pay all due Regard to the government over us; to the KING and all in authority; and to lead a quiet and peaceable life.

There are men who strike at liberty under the term licentiousness