Happy Independence Day

Old Glory (High Quality)Happy Independence Day to all those celebrating in the United States of America! In honor of our country’s “birthday” I’ve shared some quotes from the Founding Fathers.

“Liberty . . . is the great parent of science and of virtue; and . . . a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free.” Thomas Jefferson

“If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.” George Washington

“The aim of every political Constitution, is or ought to be first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.” James Madison

Constitutional Convention“. . . Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered, fallen indeed . . . so long as our manners and principles remain sound, there is no danger.”  Patrick Henry

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.” Patrick Henry

“Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits . . . it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.”  Fisher Ames

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” Patrick Henry

Bald Eagle Flying Free Above American Monument Mount Rushmore Presidents

Bald Eagle Flying Free Above American Monument Mount Rushmore Presidents

“[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend of the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen onto any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.” Samuel Adams

“Fruits are always of the same nature with the seeds and roots from which they come, and trees are known by the fruits they bear: as a man begets a man, and a beast a beast, that society of men which constitutes a government upon the foundation of justice, virtue, and the common good, will always have men to promote those ends; and that which intends the advancement of one man’s desire and vanity, will abound in those that will foment them.” Algernon Sidney

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