Oliver Ellsworth

Oliver Ellsworth
Oliver Ellsworth
  • Born: April 29, 1745
  • Died: November 26, 1807
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Lawyer









Quote Topics Cited
... apostles of anarchy, bloodshed and atheism. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A union is necessary for the purposes of a national defense. United, we are strong; divided, we are weak. It is easy for hostile nations to sweep off a number of separate states, one after another…. This shows us the necessity of combining our whole force, and, as to national purposes, becoming one state. States. Nations & Nationhood
If we do not, it will end in bloodshed ... most probably. Miscellaneous ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Legislatures have no right to set up an inquisition and examine into the private opinions of men. Legislating & Legislative Process
United States Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
A desire of gain is common to mankind, and the general motive to business and industry. Business, Commerce & Finance
A government capable of controlling the whole, and bringing its force to a point, is one of the prerequisites for national liberty. We combine in society, with an expectation to have our persons and properties defended against unreasonable exactions either at home or abroad. Society ;Government
A people cannot long retain their freedom, whose government is incapable of protecting them. Government ;Freedom & Liberty
It may be assumed as a fixed truth that the prosperity and riches of the farmer must depend on the prosperity and good national regulation of trade. Truth
Judge candidly what a wretched figure the American empire will exhibit in the eye of other nations, without a power to array and support a military force for its own protection. Power
Liberty is a word which, according as it is used, comprehends the most good and the most evil of any in the world.
Some persons never attain to the happy art of perspicuous expression, and it is equally true that some persons, thro' a mental defect of their own, will judge the most correct and certain language of others to be indefinite and ambiguous. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The charge of being ambiguous and indefinite may be brought against every human composition, and necessarily arises from the imperfection of language. Perhaps no two men will express the same sentiment in the same manner and by the same words; neither do they connect precisely the same ideas with the same words.
The power of collecting money from the people is not to be rejected because it has sometimes been oppressive. Public credit is as necessary for the prosperity of a nation as private credit is for the support and wealth of a family. Power ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Money, Coins & Minting
The right of the judge to inflict punishment gives him both power and opportunity to oppress the innocent; yet none but crazy men will from thence determine that it is best to have neither a legislature nor judges. Power