"The principle of
reason reads: nihil est sine ratione. One translates it: nothing is without a reason."
" . . . [C]an
we doubt . . . that individuals having any advantage, however slight,
over others, would have the best chance of surviving and of procreating their kind?"
ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to
the lender. . . That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already
been . . . And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was
there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there."
"This evil is radical, because
it corrupts the ground of all maxims . . . "
"It is not . .
. difficult to foresee which of the two parties must . . . have the advantage in the
dispute, and force the other into a compliance with their terms. The masters . . .
can combine much more easily; and the law, besides, authorizes, or at least does not
prohibit their combinations . . . When the law does not
enforce the performance of contracts, it puts all borrowers nearly
upon the same footing with bankrupts or people of doubtful credit . . . "
"The safety of the People,
requireth further, from him, or them that have the Soveraign Power, that Justice be equally administered to all degrees of People; that is,
that as well the rich, and mighty, as poor and obscure persons, may be righted of the
injuries done them . . . The Inequality of Subjects, proceedeth from the Acts of
Soveraign Power . . . "
"Money must not be deposited with anybody
whom one does not trust."