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Fisher Ames
1758 - 1808

American colonist and federalist, a Boston-based financier of the American revolution, American founding father, author of the First Amendment to the constitution of the U.S.


Liberty has never lasted long in a democracy, nor has it ever ended in anything better than despotism.

We are sliding down the mire of a democracy that pollutes the morals of the people before it swallows up their freedoms.

The leaders of the French Revolution excited the poor against the rich; this made the rich poor, but it never made the poor rich.