Misc Founder’s quotes

Not all Founders quotes and some attributed to the Founders I have yet to find the source of, not saying they didn’t say it, I just haven’t found where they did. They are all good however,

“There is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness—between duty and advantage—between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity….we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained….the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”—George Washington: Congressional Serial Set; 21st Congress

“One man, with courage, makes a majority.” -Author unknown attributed to Andrew Jackson

“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Not sure about author it is attributed to Isaac Newton

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. – Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard’s Almanac

‘Mountain tops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.’ – Billy Graham

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” – Thomas Sowell

“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. …And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
It is its natural manure.” – Thomas Jefferson’s Liberty Tree quote

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. – Author unknown attributed to Thomas Jefferson

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event.” — Thomas Jefferson, another great American of Welsh ancestry. There are many Welshmen/women who partook in the founding of this Nation

“To become Christlike is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and lower achievement vain”. -Henry Drummond

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”  – John Adams Letter to Officers of the First Brigade 3rd Division Militia of Massachusetts

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason people of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here!” — Attributed to Patrick Henry, have yet to find record of where he said it or wrote it. Henry was very much into the Gospel of Christ and perhaps loved Jesus more than any of the other founders so it is possible he said something very much likened unto it…

“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. No free government, or the blessings of liberty can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”- Attributed to Patrick Henry in A Dictionary of Thoughts: Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations edited by Tyrone Edwards

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” – Author unknown attributed to Patrick Henry

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine in The American Crisis No. V Sept 12, 1777

“Republicans believe every day is 4th of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15.” -Ronald Reagan

This is all the Inheritance I can give to my dear family, The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed”-Patrick Henry in his last will and testament

“It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.”-Patrick Henry in his give me liberty or give me death speech

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”-Patrick Henry before the Virginia Convention concerning the Federal Constitution June 4, 1788

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” – Abraham Lincoln

“His Most Christian Majesty speaks and acts in a style not very pleasing to republican ears, or to republican forms; nor do I think it is altogether so to the temper of his own subjects at this day. Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. The checks he endeavours to give it, however warranted by ancient usage, will more than probably kindle a flame, which may not be easily extinguished, though it may be smothered for a while by the armies at his command and the nobility in his interest. When a people are oppressed with taxes, and have cause to believe that there has been a misapplication of the money, they ill brook the language of despotism. This, and the mortification, which the pride of the nation must have undergone with respect to the affairs of Holland, if it is fair to judge from appearances, may be productive of events, which prudence forbids one to mention.” – George Washington March 2, 1788 letter to James Madison, in Congress

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” – George Washington Thursday, Oct. 30, 1789 after being sworn in by the Chancellor of New York

“An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.” – Thomas Paine in his Dissertation on the First Principles of Government published 1819

“This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.” – Thomas Jefferson to Henry Lee from Monticello, 1825

A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril. – Winston Churchill

“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 their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.” – Thomas Paine

“Independence forever.” – John Adams said to be his last words as he died.

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our own Country’s Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions — The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them.” – George Washington, General Orders, July 2, 1776.

“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; June 7th 1776 Resolution offered by Lee of Virginia

“On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power.” – Thomas Jefferson; Jefferson’s Works, Query XIII The Constitution of the State and its Several Charters?

Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was nor will be decided among men. A resolution was passed, without one dissenting colony, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, and as such they have, and of right ought to have, full power to make war, conclude peace, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which other States may rightfully do. You will see, in a few days, a Declaration setting forth the causes which have impelled us to this mighty revolution, and the reasons which will justify it in the sight of God and man. A plan of confederation will be taken up in a few days.

When I look back to the year 1761, and recollect the argument concerning writs of assistance in the superior court, which I have hitherto considered as the commencement of this controversy between Great Britain and America, and run through the whole period, from that time to this, and recollect the series of political events, the chain of causes and effects, I am surprised at the suddenness, as well as greatness of this revolution. Britain has been filled with folly, and America with wisdom; at least, this is my judgment. Time must determine. It is the will of Heaven that the two countries should be sundered forever. It may be the will of Heaven that America shall suffer calamities still more wasting, and distresses yet more dreadful. If this is to be the case, it will have this good effect at least. It will inspire us with many virtues, which -we have not, and correct many errors, follies, and vices which threaten to disturb, dishonor, and destroy us. The furnace of affliction produces refinement in states as well as individuals. And the new governments we are assuming in every part, will require a purification from our vices, and an augmentation of our virtues, or they will be no blessings. The people will have unbounded power, and the people are extremely addicted to corruption and venality, as well as the great. But I must submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence, in which, unfashionable as the faith may be, I firmly believe” – John Adams; Letter dated July 3rd 1776

In another letter dated the same day Adams said “But the day is past. The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.

You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means; and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.” End Adams excerpt

“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: published 1833

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Author unknown attributed to Thomas Jefferson

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. Author unknown attributed to James Madison: A better quote from the Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 Appendix A, CLVIII is as follows:

“[61] This report was adopted by a majority of the convention, but not without considerable opposition. It was said, that we had just assumed a place among independent nations, in consequence of our opposition to the attempts of Great Britain to enslave us; that this opposition was grounded upon the preservation of those rights to which God and nature had entitled us, not in particular, but in common with all the rest of mankind; that we had appealed to the Supreme Being for his assistance, as the God of freedom, who could not but approve our efforts to preserve the rights which he had thus imparted to his creatures; that now, when we scarcely had risen from our knees, from supplicating his aid and protection, in forming our government over a free people, a government formed pretendedly on the principles of liberty and for its preservation, — in that government, to have a provision not only putting it out of its power to restrain and prevent the slave-trade, but even encouraging that most infamous traffic, by giving the States power and influence in the Union, in proportion as they cruelly and wantonly sport with the rights of their fellow creatures, ought to be considered as a solemn mockery of, and insult to that God whose protection we had then implored, and could not fail to hold us up in detestation, and render us contemptible to every true friend of liberty in the world. It was said, it ought to be considered that national crimes can only be, and frequently are punished in this world, by national punishments; and that the continuance of the slave-trade, and thus giving it a national sanction and encouragement, ought to be considered as justly exposing us to the displeasure and vengeance of Him, who is equally Lord of all, and who views with equal eye the poor African slave and his American master.

[62] It was urged, that, by this system, we were giving the general government full and absolute power to regulate commerce, under which general power it would have a right to restrain, or totally prohibit, the slave-trade; it must, therefore, appear to the world absurd and disgraceful to the last degree, that we should except from the exercise of that power, the only branch of commerce which is unjustifiable in its nature, and contrary to the rights of mankind; that, on the contrary, we ought rather to prohibit expressly in our constitution, the further importation of slaves; and to authorize the general [i.e. Federal] government, from time to time, to make such regulations as should be thought most advantageous for the gradual abolition of slavery, and the emancipation of the slaves which are already in the States: That slavery is inconsistent with the genius of republicanism, and has a tendency to destroy those principles on which it is supported, as it lessens the sense of the equal rights of mankind, and habituates us to tyranny and oppression.” End excerpt from Records of the Federal Convention of 1787 Appendix A, CLVIII

“In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.” – Declaration of Independence

“Objects of the most stupendous magnitude, and measure in which the lives and liberties of millions yet unborn are intimately interested, are now before us. We are in the very midst of a revolution the most complete, unexpected and remarkable of any in the history of nations.” – John Adams Letter to William Cushing 1776

“The people of the U.S. owe their independence & their liberty, to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, the magnitude of the evil comprised in the precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching against every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings.” Attributed to James Madison in Harper’s Monthly Magazine – Volume 128 – Page 493

“To preserve liberty, it is necessary that the whole body of the people possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” — Attributed to Richard Henry Lee; While Lee did believe that every able bodied citizen should be taught in their youth how to handle firearms for our common defense, he never said it in these exact words. A statement by him that I like more is in answer to Patrick Henry’s Give me liberty or give me death speech, it is as follows, after P. Henry sat down

Richard H. Lee who was called the Cicero of America, stated the force which Britain could probably bring to bear upon us and reviewed our resources and means of resistance. its stated the advantages and disadvantages of? both parties, and drew from this statement auspicious inferences. But he concluded with saying, admitting the probable calculations to be against us, “we are assured in holy writ that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong ; and_it?the language of genius may be added to inspiration, I will say with our immortal bard:

?Thrice is he armed who has his quarrel just!
And he but naked, though locked up in steel,
Whose conscience with injustice is oppressed.’ End quote by R.H.Lee

“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.” — Author unknown attributed to Thomas Jefferson

“It is the DUTY of a Patriot to protect his country from its government” – Thomas Paine

“Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that ‘if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our
liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.’ It is a very serious consideration that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.”- Samuel Adams speech, 1771

“All who have ever written on government are unanimous, that among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.” – Edmund Burke

‎”They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.

“The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.” by Edmund Burke

“If a Nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be…if we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.”
– Thomas Jefferson

‎”Knowledge of history is the precondition of political intelligence. Without history, a society shares no common memory of where it has been or what its core values are.” The National Center for History in the Schools

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery!?” – Patrick Henry

“My hand trembles, but my heart does not.” – Stephen Hopkins (as he signed the Declaration of Independence)

“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion”
– Edmund Burke

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. – Attributed to John F. Kennedy

“The Declaration of independence… [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man.” – Thomas Jefferson

“It is as useless to argue with those who have renounced the use and authority of reason as to administer medication to the dead.” – Attributed to Thomas Jefferson

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. — Attributed to Galileo Galileo

“The advancement and diffusion of [true] knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – Attributed to James Madison, 4th US President

‎”The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”
– John Adams, “Notes for an Oration at Braintree”, 1772

‎”Good laws lead to the making of better ones; bad ones bring about worse.”- Rousseau, “The Social Contract,” 1762

‎”There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.”- Andrew Jackson, Veto of the Bank Bill, 1832

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious…Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread… Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” – Attributed to Thomas Jefferson

“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise that control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1820

“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”- Barry Goldwater

“The real danger is the gradual erosion of individual liberties through the automation, integration, and interconnection of many small, separate record-keeping systems, each of which alone may seem innocuous, even benevolent, and wholly justifiable.” – U.S. Privacy Protection Study Commission, 1977

‎”Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue.”- Barry Goldwater

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Edmund Burke

“Where the principle of difference [between political parties] is as substantial and as strongly pronounced as between the republicans and the monocrats of our country, I hold it as honorable to take a firm and decided part and as immoral to pursue a middle line, as between the parties of honest men and rogues, into which every country is divided.” — Thomas Jefferson

“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” – Samuel Adams

““I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” – Attributed to Thomas Jefferson

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” — Thomas Paine

“No other One thing has ever been such a power for the moral transformation of life, as the experience of falling in love with Jesus.”–James Bisset Pratt

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