A monarchy is a merchantman which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock, and go to the bottom; a republic is a raft which will never sink, but then your feet are always in the water.

Fisher Ames

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Original Citation

Ames, Fisher. Address in the House of Representatives. House of Representatives. 1795. U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, DC, USA. Address.

Current Citation

Ames, Fisher. Quoted in A Miracle Mirrored: The Dutch Republic in European Perspective. Written by Henk van Nierop. Edited by Karel Davids and Jan Lucassen. Cambridge University Press, 2011, ch. 2.