"We have seen the tumult of democracy terminate...as [it has] everywhere terminated, in despotism...Democracy! savage and wild. Thou who wouldst bring down the virtuous and wise to thy level of folly and guilt."
-- Gouverneur Morris
"There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots. What is it? Distrust."
"[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few."
-- John Adams, An Essay on Man's Lust for Power, 1763
"A man with God is always in the majority."
-- John Knox
"A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction."
-- Fisher Ames