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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Founder's Quote, 8 June 2016

The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virture to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust. - Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Federalist No. 57 — 1788

Monday, June 6, 2016

Founder's Quote, 6 June 2016

Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob. - James Madison, Federalist No. 55 — 1788

Friday, June 3, 2016

Founder's Quote, 3 June 2016

War is not the best engine for us to resort to; nature has given us one in our commerce, which if properly managed, will be a better instrument for obliging the interested nations of Europe to treat us with justice. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Pickney — 1797

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Founder's Quote, 2 June 2016

When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in the happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations shall enable us to return to our Private Stations in the bosom of a free, peacefully and happy Country. - George Washington, address to the New York Legislature — 1775

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Founder's Quote, 1 June 2016

Your love of liberty - your respect for the laws - your habits of industry - and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness. - George Washington, letter to the Residents of Boston — 1789

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Founder's Quote, 31 May 2016

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be to-morrow. - James Madison (likely), Federalist No. 62 — 1788

Friday, May 27, 2016

Founder's Quote, 27 May 2016

The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Spencer Roane — 1821

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Founder's Quote, 26 May 2016

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined. - Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention — 1788

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Founder's Quote, 25 May 2016

Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence. - Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution — 1833

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Founder's Quote, 24 May 2016

I hope, some day or another, we shall become a storehouse and granary for the world. - George Washington, letter to Marquis de Lafayette — 1788

Monday, May 23, 2016

Founder's Quote, 23 May 2016

Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve. - Benjamin Franklin, 1771

Friday, May 20, 2016

Founder's Quote, 20 May 2016

A Man may, if he know not how to save, keep his Nose to the Grindstone, and die not wirth a Groat at last. - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack — 1742

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Founder's Quote, 19 May 2016

It seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1 — 1787

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Founder's Quote, 18 May 2016

Since private and publick Vices, are in Reality, though not always apparently, so nearly connected, of how much Importance, how necessary is it, that the utmost Pains be taken by the Publick, to have the Principles of Virtue early inculcated on the Minds even of children, and the moral Sense kept alive, and that the wise institutions of our Ancestors for these great Purposes be encouraged by the Government. For no people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders. - Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren — 1775

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Founder's Quote, 17 May 2017

Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit - appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free.... - Joseph Warren, American account of the Battle of Lexington — 1775

Monday, May 16, 2016

Founder's Quote, 16 May 2016

Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Smith — 1822

Friday, May 13, 2016

Founder's Quote, 13 May 2016

During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety. - Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address — 1805

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Founder's Quote, 12 May 2016

This process of election affords a moral certainty that the office of President will seldom fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 68 — 1788

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Founder's Quote, 11 May 2016

The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 22 — 1787

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Founder's Quote, 10 May 2016

There is no part of the administration of government that requires extensive information and a thorough knowledge of the principles of political economy, so much as the business of taxation. The man who understands those principles best will be least likely to resort to oppressive expedients, or sacrifice any particular class of citizens to the procurement of revenue. It might be demonstrated that the most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 35 — 1788