Category Archives: Founder’s Quotes

“Law and liberty” ~ James Wilson 1790

“Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.” —James Wilson,¬†Of the Study of the Law in the United States, 1790 Advertisements

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The more things change, the more they stay the same:

“Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be.” —John Adams

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“History by apprising [citizens] of the past …

will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know … Continue reading

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“With hearts fortified…

“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 beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our … Continue reading

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“Unequivocal in principle, reasonable in manner…

“Unequivocal in principle, reasonable in manner, we shall be able I hope to do a great deal of good to the cause of freedom & harmony.” —Thomas Jefferson

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But what do we mean by the American Revolution?

“But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson, letter to Maria Cosway, 1786:

“If our country, when pressed with wrongs at the point of the bayonet, had been governed by its heads instead of its hearts, where should we have been now? Hanging on a gallows as high as Haman’s.”

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