Skip to comments.Founding Fathers Quotes: Our Favorite Quotes from America's Courageous Revolutionaries
Posted on 12/11/2020 5:17:47 PM PST by ammodotcom
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“Our unalterable resolution should be to be free.” -Sam Adams, to James Warren, 1776
“Wear none of thine own chains; but keep free, whilst thou art free.” -William Penn, "Some Fruits of Solitude", 1693
“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it.” -John Adams
“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.” -Thomas Jefferson, to Abigail Smith Adams, February 22, 1787
“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” -Thomas Jefferson
“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” -Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762
“Those that can give up essential liberty to gain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin
“Law is whatever is boldly asserted and plausibly maintained.” -Aaron Burr
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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."ML/NJ
"I am not well versed in history, but I will submit to your recollection, whether liberty has been destroyed most often by the licentiousness of the people, or by the tyranny of rulers. I imagine, sir, you will find the balance on the side of tyranny." - Patrick Henry
"As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms." - Tenche Coxe (introduction to his discussion, and support, of the 2nd Amend) "Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution" Philadelphia Federal Gazette, 18 June 1789, pg.2
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun." - Patrick Henry, spoken during Virginia's ratification convention, June 14, 1788
"After five and a half years of National Socialism it was evident to the few Germans who opposed Hitler that only the Army possessed the physical strength to overthrow him. The workers, the middle and upper classes, even if they had wanted to, had no means of doing it. They had no organization outside of the Nazi party groups, and they were, of course, unarmed.” - William R. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (Ch.12 "The Road to Munich;" Section 4, "Birth of a Conspiracy Against Hitler.")
He’d be happy to know that today we enjoy the same elections as the world’s finest republics, even if they are of the banana variety.
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