Founder’s Quote Daily

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“In the midst of these pleasing ideas we should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if […]

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“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and […]

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“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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“The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon […]

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“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to […]

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“The truth is that the want of common education with us is not from our poverty, but from the want of an orderly system. More money […]

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“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” —James Madison (1829)

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“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the […]

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“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done […]

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“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.” —George Washington […]

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“There is no maxim in my opinion which is more liable to be misapplied, and which therefore needs elucidation than the current one that the interest […]

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“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 […]

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“A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species.” —James Madison […]

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“It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the […]

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“States, like individuals, who observe their engagements, are respected and trusted: while the reverse is the fate of those who pursue an opposite conduct.” —Alexander Hamilton […]

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“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” […]

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“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 […]

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“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” —John Witherspoon (1776)

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“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as […]

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“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; […]

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“Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, […]

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“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” —John Adams (1815)

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“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” —George Washington (1748)

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“Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state.” —Alexander Hamilton (1790)

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“Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the Spirit of Party generally.” […]

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“In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle […]

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“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to […]

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“We must take human nature as we find it, perfection falls not to the share of mortals.” —George Washington (1786)

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“The ingredients which constitute energy in the Executive are, first, unity…” —Alexander Hamilton in [Federalist No. 70]

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“He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he […]

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“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men […]

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“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821)

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“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821)

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“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” —Thomas Jefferson (1809)

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“America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred […]

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“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.” —George Washington […]

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“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to […]

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“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; […]

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“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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“Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to […]

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“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish […]

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“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, […]

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“The construction applied … to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate Congress a power … ought not to be construed as […]

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“The construction applied … to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate Congress a power … ought not to be construed as […]

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“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as […]

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“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here […]

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“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 […]

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“It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is […]

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“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and […]

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“The bosom of America is open to receive … the oppressed and persecuted of all nations … if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear […]

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“Newspapers … serve as chimnies to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.” —Thomas Jefferson (1802)

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“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” —John Adams (1815)

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“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” —Alexander Hamilton (1775)

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“It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our […]

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“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would … most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and […]

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“May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in […]

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“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks-no form of government can render us secure. […]

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“The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People […]

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“I acknowledge, in the ordinary course of government, that the exposition of the laws and Constitution devolves upon the judicial. But I beg to know upon […]

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“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and […]

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“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 […]

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“I have not yet begun to fight!” —John Paul Jones (1779)

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“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” […]

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“Stability in government is essential to national character and to the advantages annexed to it, as well as to that repose and confidence in the minds […]

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“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done […]

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“It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to […]

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“It is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our government… Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious […]

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“[The Judiciary] may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm […]

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“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors.” —Justice Joseph Story […]

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“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men […]

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“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they […]

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“In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by […]

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“We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. […]

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“Where there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation […]

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“I do recommend and assign Thursday … next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, […]

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“Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which […]

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“The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty.” —Fisher Ames (1788)

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“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” —John Adams (1815)

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“A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least […]

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“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose […]

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“Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life […]

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“I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people.” —Fisher Ames […]

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“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the […]

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“No mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping […]

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“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to […]

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“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual […]

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“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be […]

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“To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by […]

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“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” —Benjamin Franklin (1735)

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“The true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law is the intention of the law-makers.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

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“The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”—Samuel Adams (1749)

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“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to […]

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“If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free — in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” —Thomas […]

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“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; […]

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“It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do […]

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“Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.” —Alexander Hamilton (1793)

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“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 (1775)

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“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” —Thomas […]

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“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.” —Noah […]

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“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 virtue […]

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“We have seen the mere distinction of color made in the most enlightened period of time, a ground of the most oppressive dominion ever exercised by […]

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“For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for […]

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“The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man.” —James Madison, Federalist No. 10 (1787)

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“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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“The Constitution … is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please.” […]

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“Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, […]

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“Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.” —James Madison (1791)

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“Newspapers … serve as chimnies to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.” —Thomas Jefferson (1802)

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“Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most sacred rights […]

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“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” —George Washington (1753)

Founder’s Quote: Separation of Powers

Nothing has yet been offered to invalidate the doctrine that the meaning of the Constitution may as well be ascertained by the Legislative as by the […]

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“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish […]

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“In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence … the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign […]

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“With those who wish to think amiss of me, I have learned to be perfectly indifferent; but where I know a mind to be ingenuous, and […]

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“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and […]

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The construction applied…to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate Congress a power…ought not to be construed as themselves to give unlimited […]

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“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” —George Washington (1796)

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“Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to […]

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“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” —George Washington (1795)

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“Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know […]

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“Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state.” —Alexander Hamilton (1790)

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“Excessive taxation … will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election.” —Thomas Jefferson (1798)

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“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” —Benjamin Franklin (1735)

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“This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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“Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression.” —James Madison (1788)

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“Judges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not […]

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“No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted […]

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“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” —Thomas […]

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“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” […]

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“To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by […]

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“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and […]

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“States, like individuals, who observe their engagements, are respected and trusted: while the reverse is the fate of those who pursue an opposite conduct.” —Alexander Hamilton […]

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“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” […]

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“A good government implies two things; first, fidelity to the objects of the government; secondly, a knowledge of the means, by which those objects can be […]

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“A good government implies two things; first, fidelity to the objects of the government; secondly, a knowledge of the means, by which those objects can be […]

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“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” —James […]

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“Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free Government.” —George […]

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“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and […]

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“How many observe Christ’s birth-day! How few, his precepts!” —Benjamin Franklin (1743)

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“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” —George Washington (1796)

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“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” —Thomas Paine (1777)

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“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here […]

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“No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, rather than a slave.” —Alexander Hamilton (1774)

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“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to […]

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Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech. ~Benjamin Franklin, writing as […]

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“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done […]

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“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done […]

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“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 […]

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“We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the […]

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“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual […]

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“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know […]

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“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 […]

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“Harmony, liberal intercourse with all Nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our Commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither […]

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“No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous.” —Benjamin Franklin and George Whaley (1774)

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“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” —Samuel Adams (1749)

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“Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern […]

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“Liberty is a word which, according as it is used, comprehends the most good and the most evil of any in the world. Justly understood it […]

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“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” —John Adams (1787)

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“The jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes […]

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“Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.” —Alexander Hamilton (1793)

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“The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege […]

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“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, […]

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“Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to […]

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“But if we are to be told by a foreign power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have independence yet […]

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“Judges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not […]

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“Where there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation […]

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“The consciousness of having discharged that duty which we owe to our country is superior to all other considerations.” —George Washington (1788)

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“We should never despair, our situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, […]

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“The Declaration of Independence … [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man.” —Thomas Jefferson (1819)

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“While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the […]

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[T]he policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by […]

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“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to […]

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“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, […]

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“Without law, liberty … loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.” —James Wilson (1790)

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“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound […]

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“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds […]

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“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done […]

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“Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?” —Thomas Jefferson […]

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“No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous.” —Benjamin Franklin and George Whaley (1774)

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“To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this […]

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“He tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and […]

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“Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” —George […]

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“Human government is more or less perfect as it approaches nearer or diverges farther from the imitation of this perfect plan of divine and moral government.” […]

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“It is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our government… Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious […]

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“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done […]

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“Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” —Thomas Jefferson (1775)

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“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know […]

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“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” —George Washington (1795)

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“If we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times […]

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“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” […]

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“I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” —John Adams (1787)

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“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise […]

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“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas […]

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“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.” —John Adams (1777)

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“It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” —James Madison (1816)

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“Even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the […]

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“The present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes.” —Alexander Hamilton (1802)

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“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they […]

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“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they […]

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“War, like most other things, is a science to be acquired and perfected by diligence, by perserverance, by time, and by practice.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

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“But if we are to be told by a foreign power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have independence yet […]

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“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they […]

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“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” —Samuel Adams (1775)

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“It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and […]

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“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have […]

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“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and […]

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“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as […]

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“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” —George Washington (1796)

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“The duty imposed upon him to take care, that the laws be faithfully executed, follows out the strong injunctions of his oath of office, that he […]

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“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.” —John Adams (1798)

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“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.” —John Adams (1798)

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“There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do […]

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“In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to […]

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“It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.” […]

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“Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” —George Washington (1796)

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“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” […]

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“Of all the cares or concerns of government, the direction of war most peculiarly demands those qualities which distinguish the exercise of power by a single […]

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“We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. […]

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“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 […]

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“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” —Benjamin Franklin (1722)

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“Nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation upon all the members of the community.” —Benjamin Rush (1788)

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“Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the […]

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“No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted […]

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“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” —Thomas Paine (1777)

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“Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither […]

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“Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue; or in any manner affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those […]

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“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 […]

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“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people […]

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“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people […]

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“Another not unimportant consideration is, that the powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, […]

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“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we […]

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“Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings — give us that precious jewel, and you may take every things else! Guard with jealous attention the public […]

Founder’s Quote: Budget

The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale. ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to […]

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A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here […]

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“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” —Benjamin Franklin (1722)

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“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” —Samuel Adams (1749)

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“The Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place […]

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“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.” —John Adams (1777)

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“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 virtue […]

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“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a state than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men […]

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We are firmly convinced, and we act on that conviction, that with nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from […]

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“Harmony, liberal intercourse with all Nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither […]

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“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and […]

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“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable […]

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“In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle […]

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“We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which […]

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I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.  ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Ludlow […]

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“Measures which serve to abridge the free competition of foreign Articles, have a tendency to occasion an enhancement of prices.” —Alexander Hamilton (1791)

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“A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” —Thomas Jefferson (1774)

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“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws … undergo such […]

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“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.” —Cesare Beccaria

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“Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the […]

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Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man’s nature, and the noble rank he […]

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“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” —John Adams (1798)

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“Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man’s nature, and the noble rank he […]

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“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 […]

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“History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” —George Washington (1796)

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No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands]. ~Thomas Jefferson, Draft Constitution for the State of Virginia — 1776

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“If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?” —Benjamin Franklin

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“When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805)

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“The republican principle demands that the deliberate sense of the community should govern the conduct of those to whom they intrust the management of their affairs; […]

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“On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of […]

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“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson (1800)

Founder’s Quote: Religious Liberty

It is the duty of all men in society, publicly, and at stated seasons, to worship the SUPREME BEING, the great Creator and Preserver of the […]

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“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” […]

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“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” —Benjamin Franklin (1735)

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“The pyramid of government-and a republican government may well receive that beautiful and solid form-should be raised to a dignified altitude: but its foundations must, of […]

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“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, […]

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“States, like individuals, who observe their engagements, are respected and trusted: while the reverse is the fate of those who pursue an opposite conduct.” —Alexander Hamilton […]

Founder’s Quote: Religious Liberty

There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal […]

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“To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by […]

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“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.” —Thomas Jefferson (1787)

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“We are not to consider ourselves, while here, as at church or school, to listen to the harangues of speculative piety; we are here to talk […]

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“The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue.” —John Adams (1776)

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“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” —Benjamin Franklin (1735)

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Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788 This balance between the National and State governments ought to be dwelt on with peculiar attention, […]

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“Besides, to lay and collect internal taxes in this extensive country must require a great number of congressional ordinances, immediately operation upon the body of the […]

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It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen […]

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“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, […]

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“There is not a more important and fundamental principle in legislation, than that the ways and means ought always to face the public engagements; that our […]

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“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to […]

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[T]he policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by […]

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“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of […]

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“Newspapers … serve as chimnies to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.” —Thomas Jefferson (1802)

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“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.” […]

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“The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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“Speak seldom, but to important subjects, except such as particularly relate to your constituents, and, in the former case, make yourself perfectly master of the subject.” […]

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among […]

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“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; […]

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“It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is […]

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“Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose […]

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[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. ~Samuel Adams, essay in The […]

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“It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to […]

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“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” —John Adams (1775)

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“The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms and false reasonings is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become […]

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“Newspapers … serve as chimnies to carry off noxious vapors and smoke.” —Thomas Jefferson (1802)

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Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. ~Benjamin Franklin, Advice to Young Tradesman — 1748

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“Let us animate and encourage each other. … A Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.” —George […]

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“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 […]

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“A rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive.” —Thomas Jefferson […]

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“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” —John Adams (1815)

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“They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose.” —Thomas Jefferson (1791)

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Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of […]

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“The outstretched arm of tyranny … may appear under any mode or form of government.” —Mercy Warren (1805)

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“Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.” —Benjamin Franklin (1771)

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“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here […]

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“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by […]

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“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 […]

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Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks-no form of government can render us secure. […]

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“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1813)

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“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for […]

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“Personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice.” —Joseph Story (1833)

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“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” […]

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“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they […]

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Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death […]

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“Where there is no law, there is no liberty; and nothing deserves the name of law but that which is certain and universal in its operation […]

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“The eyes of the world being thus on our Country, it is put the more on its good behavior, and under the greater obligation also, to […]

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“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 […]

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“There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do […]

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“A better system of education for the common people might preserve them long from such artificial inequalities as are prejudicial to society, by confounding the natural […]

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“As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage […]

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“The standard of good behavior for the continuance in office … is certainly one of the most valuable of the modern improvements in the practice of […]

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“The second office of this government is honorable and easy, the first is but a splendid misery.” —Thomas Jefferson (1797)

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“There is not a more important and fundamental principle in legislation, than that the ways and means ought always to face the public engagements; that our […]

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“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to […]

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“Nothing is so contagious as opinion, especially on questions which, being susceptible of very different glosses, beget in the mind a distrust of itself.” —James Madison […]

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Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. ~John Adams, letter to […]

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“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know […]

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“Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to […]

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“To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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“Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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“If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?” —Benjamin Franklin

Amendment II – Right to Bear Arms

The Second Amendment, as passed by the House and Senate and later ratified by the States, reads: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security […]

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“The accumulation of all powers … in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be […]

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“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; […]

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“It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.” —James Madison (1816)

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“The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

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“In our private pursuits it is a great advantage that every honest employment is deemed honorable.” —Thomas Jefferson (1795)

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The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys. […]

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“States, like individuals, who observe their engagements, are respected and trusted: while the reverse is the fate of those who pursue an opposite conduct.” —Alexander Hamilton […]

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“History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The […]

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“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” —Alexander Hamilton (1775)

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“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know […]

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“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as […]

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“The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families.” —John Adams (1778)

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“The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families.” —John Adams (1778)

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“Now is the seedtime of continental union, faith and honor. The least fracture now, will be like a name engraved with the point of a pin […]

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“It is a duty certainly to give our sparings to those who want; but to see also that they are faithfully distributed, and duly apportioned to […]

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“Liberty is not to be enjoyed, indeed it cannot exist, without the habits of just subordination; it consists, not so much in removing all restraint from […]

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“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men […]

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The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a greater Measure than they have […]

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“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot […]

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“The Army (considering the irritable state it is in, its suffering and composition) is a dangerous instrument to play with.” —George Washington (1783)

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“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 […]

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“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” —Benjamin Franklin (1722)

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“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they […]

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“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have […]

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“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have […]

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“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use […]

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“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and […]

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“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” ~Benjamin Franklin (1735)

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“These are the times that try men’s souls.” —Thomas Paine (1776)

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“The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man.” —James Madison (1787)

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“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” —Thomas Paine (1777)

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“To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this […]

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“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” —George Washington (1796)

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“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound […]

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“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; […]

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“I am persuaded that a firm union is as necessary to perpetuate our liberties as it is to make us respectable.” —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as […]

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“In the formation of our constitution the wisdom of all ages is collected — the legislators of antiquity are consulted, as well as the opinions and […]

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We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the […]

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“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by […]

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“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” —John Witherspoon (1776)

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“We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which […]

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“We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which […]

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“The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the […]

Founder’s Quote: Religious Liberty

I consider the government of the U.S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises.  ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Samuel […]

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“The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the […]

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“The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the […]

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“Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life […]

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“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. […]

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“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. […]

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“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 […]

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“It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example […]

Founder’s Quote

“It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example […]

Founder’s Quote

“The steady character of our countrymen is a rock to which we may safely moor.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which […]

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Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, […]

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Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they […]

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Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.  ~John Adams, letter to […]

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[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. ~Samuel Adams, essay in The […]

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What is it that affectionate parents require of their Children; for all their care, anxiety, and toil on their accounts? Only that they would be wise […]

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Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he […]

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“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” —Thomas Jefferson (1809)

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“It is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our […]

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“This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish […]

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“The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you […]

FOUNDER’S QUOTE

“The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you […]

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“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” […]

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“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; […]

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“I rejoice in a belief that intellectual light will spring up in the dark corners of the earth; that freedom of enquiry will produce liberality of […]

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“If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send … lawyers, whose trade […]

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“It is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government…. Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious […]

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“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 […]

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“The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.” —Thomas Jefferson (1790)

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“It is a happy circumstance in human affairs that evils which are not cured in one way will cure themselves in some other.” —Thomas Jefferson (1791)

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“If, then, the control of the people over the organs of their government be the measure of its republicanism, and I confess I know no other […]

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“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

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“It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people.” —Richard Henry Lee (1786)

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“Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.” —John Witherspoon (1776)

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That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming […]

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“The Army (considering the irritable state it is in, its suffering and composition) is a dangerous instrument to play with.” ~George Washington (1783)

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“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited […]

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“We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules […]

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“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” ~George Washington (1795)

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“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” —Samuel Adams (1749)

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“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as […]

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“The powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, peace, negotiations with foreign powers, and […]

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“How difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an […]

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“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.” […]

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“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 […]

FOUNDER’S QUOTE DAILY: Declaration of Independence

Letter to John Adams — 1821 [T]he flames kindled on the 4 of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished […]

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“I love liberty as well as anybody. I am proud of it, as the true title of our people to distinction above others; but … I […]

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“To judge from the history of mankind, we shall be compelled to conclude that the fiery and destructive passions of war reign in the human breast […]

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“Without justice being freely, fully, and impartially administered, neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be protected.” ~Joseph Story (1833)

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“Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States, is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect.” ~James […]

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“There are certain social principles in human nature, from which we may draw the most solid conclusions with respect to the conduct of individuals and of […]

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“Amplification is the vice of modern oratory.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1824)

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“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” ~Thomas Paine (1776)

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“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to […]

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“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. […]

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“Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.” ~James Madison (1787)

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“There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do […]

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“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation.” ~James Madison (1788)

FOUNDER’S QUOTE DAILY

“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation.” —James Madison (1788)

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“We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty.” ~Fisher Ames (1807)

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“To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character.” ~Alexander Hamilton (1788)

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“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men […]

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“Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” ~Thomas Jefferson (1781)

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.” ~Samuel Adams (1779)

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“It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is […]

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“Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.” —Alexander Hamilton (1793)

Founder’s Quote Daily May 03, 2017

“We are firmly convinced, and we act on that conviction, that with nations as with individuals our interests soundly calculated will ever be found inseparable from […]

Founder’s Quote Daily May 02, 2017

“[T]o preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use […]

Founder’s Quote Daily May 01, 2017

“I should consider the speeches of Livy, Sallust, and Tacitus, as preeminent specimens of logic, taste and that sententious brevity which, using not a word to […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 29, 2017

“I should consider the speeches of Livy, Sallust, and Tacitus, as preeminent specimens of logic, taste and that sententious brevity which, using not a word to […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 28, 2017

“[U]nequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species.” ~James Madison (1792)  

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 27, 2017

“[T]he true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law is the intention of the law-makers. This is most safely gathered from the words, […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 26, 2017

“Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 25, 2017

“Speak seldom, but to important subjects, except such as particularly relate to your constituents, and, in the former case, make yourself perfectly master of the subject.” […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 22, 2017

“The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms and false reasonings is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 21, 2017

“[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 20, 2017

“In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 19, 2017

“Excessive taxation … will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election.” ~Thomas Jefferson (1798)

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 18, 2017

“War, like most other things, is a science to be acquired and perfected by diligence, by perserverance, by time, and by practice.” ~Alexander Hamilton (1787)

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 14, 2017

“My policy has been, and will continue to be, while I have the honor to remain in the administration of the government, to be upon friendly […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 13, 2017

“With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 12, 2017

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.” ~Noah […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 11, 2017

“But if we are to be told by a foreign Power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 10, 2017

“Without justice being freely, fully, and impartially administered, neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be protected. And if these, or either of […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 08, 2017

“Without justice being freely, fully, and impartially administered, neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be protected. And if these, or either of […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 07, 2017

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 06, 2017

“It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.” […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 05, 2017

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” ~Thomas […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 04, 2017

“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 03, 2017

“In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Apr 01, 2017

“In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Mar 31, 2017

“The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Mar 30, 2017

“There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Mar 29, 2017

“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Mar 28, 2017

“Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.” ~Benjamin Franklin (1771)

Founder’s Quote Daily Mar 25, 2017

“From the Nature of the Constitution, I must approve all parts of a Bill, or reject it in total. To do the latter can only be […]

Founder’s Quote Daily Mar 24, 2017

“Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other […]