Category Archive: Founder’s Quote

Founder’s Insight ~ John Adams: Change, Virtue & Independence Spring From Affliction

  “I am surprised at the suddenness as well as the greatness of this revolution… It is the will of Heaven…I must submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence, in which, unfashionable as the faith may be, I firmly believe.”   In a letter to his wife Abigail Adams July 3, 1776, …

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George Washington on what creates public prosperity, harmony and happiness

“There exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never …

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Founder’s thoughts on the people’s rights and the government’s principal purpose

        “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 has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.” –James Wilson, American Founder, Lectures on Law, 1791 …

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Benjamin Rush: Religion in education offers virtue and liberty, the object of republican government

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    “The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” — Benjamin Rush         Benjamin Rush (January 4, …

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Thomas Jefferson: By the grace of God humankind is not born to be saddled by a favored few

    “All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride …

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Alexander Hamilton: The sacred and immutable nature of human rights

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    “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” –Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer …

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