„Man, fearfully and wonderfully made, is the workmanship of his all perfect Creator: A State; useful and valuable as the contrivance is, is the inferior contrivance of man; and from his native dignity derives all its acquired importance.“

—  James Wilson, Chisholm v. Georgia, 2 U.S. (2 Dallas) 419 (1793), at 455.
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