The 7th Amendment: Right to Trial by Jury

Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty. Without them we have no other fortification against being ridden like horses, fleeced like sheep, worked like cattle, and fed and clothed like swine and hounds. -- JOHN ADAMS

I consider [trial by jury] as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its Constitution. --THOMAS JEFFERSON

There was not a member of the Constitutional Convention who had the least objection to what is contended for by the advocates for a Bill of Rights and trial by jury. -- GEORGE WASHINGTON 

Trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature. -- JAMES MADISON

Trial by jury is part of that bright constellation which leads to peace, liberty, and safety. -- THOMAS JEFFERSON