SAYINGS OF THE AMERICAN FOUNDERS
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© November 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident (not up for debate), that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator (God) with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit Of Happiness.”
- Thomas Jefferson, in the United States Declaration Of Independence
“I Pray Heaven to Bestow The Best of Blessing on THIS HOUSE, and on ALL that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof!”
- John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, November 2, 1800
“I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.”
- John Adams Sr.
“If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave.”
- John Adams, Rights of the Colonists, 1772
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
- Elmer Davis
“Every post is honorable in which a man may serve his country.”
- George Washington
“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium (basis) of the liberties of a republic.
It offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers.
And will, generally, even if the rulers are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”
- Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story (1779-1845) in Commentaries On The Constitution
“Every measure of effort, therefore, ought to be used for the eventual total ending of slavery from the United States.... I have, throughout my whole life, held the practice of slavery in... abhorrence.
- John Adams, letter to Evans, June 8, 1819
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
- Thomas Paine
“If there is a form of government, then, whose principle and foundation is virtue, will not every sober man acknowledge it better calculated to promote the general happiness than any other form?”
- John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
(the following are by later great presidents)
“We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free”.
- Ronald Reagan