Showing posts with label America's founding fathers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label America's founding fathers. Show all posts

Friday, July 8, 2016

Founder's Quote, 8 July 2016

If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a strict adherence to the rules of distributive justice. - James Madison, in response to Washington's first Inaugural address — 1789

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Founder's Quote, 7 July 2016

The standard of good behavior for the continuance in office of the judicial magistracy is certainly one of the most valuable of the modern improvements in the practice of government. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78 — 1788

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Founder's Quote, 6 July 2016

Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34 — 1788

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Founder's Quote, 5 July 2016

The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment. - George Washington, Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association of Ireland — 1783

Friday, July 1, 2016

Founder's Quote, 1 July 2016

Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be, that there is not sufficient virture among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another. - Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Federalist No. 55 — 1788

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Founder's Quote, 30 June 2016

In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason. ... Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob. - Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Federalist No. 55 — 1788

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Founder's Quote, 29 June 2016

Without wishing to damp the ardor of curiosity or influence the freedom of inquiry, I will hazard a prediction that, after the most industrious and impartial researchers, the longest liver of you all will find no principles, institutions or systems of education more fit in general to be transmitted to your posterity than those you have received from your ancestors. - John Adams, letter to the young men of the Philadelphia — 1798

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Founder's Quote, 28 June 2016

The true principle of government is this - make the system compleat in its structure; give a perfect proportion and balance to its parts; and the powers you give it will never affect your security. - Alexander Hamilton, Remarks in the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Monday, June 27, 2016

Founder's Quote, 27 June 2016

It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage, and such only, as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society. Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. - James Madison, A Memorial and Remonstrance — 1785

Friday, June 24, 2016

Founder's Quote, 24 June 2016

His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man. - Thomas Jefferson, on George Washington in a letter to Dr. Walter Jones — 1814

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Founder's Quote, 23 June 2016

The State governments possess inherent advantages, which will ever give them an influence and ascendancy over the National Government, and will for ever preclude the possibility of federal encroachments. That their liberties, indeed, can be subverted by the federal head, is repugnant to every rule of political calculation. - Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Founder's Quote, 22 June 2016

I am persuaded that a firm union is as necessary to perpetuate our liberties as it is to make us respectable; and experience will probably prove that the National Government will be as natural a guardian of our freedom as the State Legislatures. - Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Founder's Quote, 21 June 2016

And as to the Cares, they are chiefly what attend the bringing up of Children; and I would ask any Man who has experienced it, if they are not the most delightful Cares in the World; and if from that Particular alone, he does not find the Bliss of a double State much greater, instead of being less than he expected. - Benjamin Franklin, Reply to a Piece of Advice

Monday, June 20, 2016

Founder's Quote, 20 June 2016

Equal laws protecting equal rights; the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country. - James Madison, letter to Jacob de la Motta — 1820

Friday, June 17, 2016

Founder's Quote, 17 June 2016

The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men in all Ages, as the surest Foundation of the Happiness both of private Families and of Common-wealths. Almost all Governments have therefore made it a principal Object of their Attention, to establish and endow with proper Revenues, such Seminaries of Learning, as might supply the succeeding Age with Men qualified to serve the Publick with Honour to themselves, and to their Country. - Benjamin Franklin, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania — 1749

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Founder's Quote, 15 June 2016

The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty. - Fisher Ames, speech in the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention — 1788

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Founder's Quote, 14 June 2016

Resolved: That these colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved of all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved. That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances. That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective colonies for their consideration and approbation. - Richard Henry Lee, Resolution in Congress — 1776

Monday, June 13, 2016

Founder's Quote, 13 June 2016

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. - Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1 — 1776

Friday, June 10, 2016

Founder's Quote, 10 June 2016

The Constitution on which our Union rests, shall be administered by me [as President] according to the safe and honest meaning contemplated by the plain understanding of the people of the United States at the time of its adoption - a meaning to be found in the explanations of those who advocated, not those who opposed it, and who opposed it merely lest the construction should be applied which they denounced as possible. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Mesrs. Eddy, Russel, Thurber, Wheaton and Smith — 1801

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Founder's Quote, 9 June 2016

It is too probable that no plan we propose will be adopted. Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God. - George Washington, as quoted by Gouverneur Morris in Farrand's Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 — 1787