"Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens."

-- George Mason (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 17 June 1788)

Reference: The Papers of George Mason, Rutland, ed., vol. 3 (1093) [Sheehan (5:5)]