Daily Quote 3/26-30/2007
"Statesmen by dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand....The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty."
--John Adams (letter to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June 1776); Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett, pg. 371.
"Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country."
--George Washington (letter to Benedict Arnold, 14 September 1775).
"Is it not the glory of the people of America, that whilst they have paid a decent regard to the opinions of former times and other nations, they have not suffered a blind veneration for antiquity, for custom, or for names, to overrule the suggestions of their own good sense, the knowledge of their own situation, and the lessons of their own experience? To this manly spirit, posterity will be indebted for the possession, and the world for the example of the numerous innovations displayed on the American theatre, in favor of private rights and public happiness."
--James Madison (Federalist No. 14, 30 November 1787); Reference: Madison, Federalist No. 14.
"Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
Declaration of Independence, 4 July 1776; Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Memorial Edition), Lipscomb and Bergh, eds., 1:29.
"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 wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence."
--Joseph Story (Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833); Reference: Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 718.
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