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Quote 85 details Share on Google+ - Quote 85 Linked In Share Button - Quote 85 It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.

John Adams: Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756

Quote 259 details Share on Google+ - Quote 259 Linked In Share Button - Quote 259 The rapid progress true science now makes occasions my regretting sometimes that I was born so soon. It is impossible to imagine the height to which may be carried, in a thousand years, the power of man over matter... O that moral science were in as far a way of improvement, that men would cease to be wolves to one another, and that human beings would at length learn what they now improperly call humanity!

Benjamin Franklin: Letter to Joseph Priestley (8 Feb. 1780)

Quote 345 details Share on Google+ - Quote 345 Linked In Share Button - Quote 345 It is due to justice; due to humanity; due to truth; to the sympathies of our nature; in fine, to our character as a people, both abroad and at home, that they should be considered, as much as possible, in the light of human beings, and not as mere property. As such, they are acted upon by our laws, and have an interest in our laws.

James Madison: speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, December 2, 1829

Quote 387 details Share on Google+ - Quote 387 Linked In Share Button - Quote 387 To the press alone, checkered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.

James Madison: Report on the Virginia Resolutions, 1798

Quote 446 details Share on Google+ - Quote 446 Linked In Share Button - Quote 446 Harmony, liberal intercourse with all Nations, are recommended by policy, humanity and interest. But even our Commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand: neither seeking nor granting exclusive favours or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of Commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing with Powers so disposed; in order to give trade a stable course.

George Washington: Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

Quote 494 details Share on Google+ - Quote 494 Linked In Share Button - Quote 494 The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institution may be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some instances be made subservient to the vilest purposes. Should, hereafter, those incited by the lust of power and prompted by the Supineness or venality of their Constituents, overleap the known barriers of this Constitution and violate the unalienable rights of humanity: it will only serve to shew, that no compact among men (however provident in its construction and sacred in its ratification) can be pronounced everlasting an inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchm[en]t can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.

George Washington: fragments of the Draft First Inaugural Address, April 1789

Quote 666 details Share on Google+ - Quote 666 Linked In Share Button - Quote 666 Honour, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them, if we ba...sely entail hereditary bondage upon them.


Quote 771 details Share on Google+ - Quote 771 Linked In Share Button - Quote 771 It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished. The honor of the States, as we as justice and humanity, in my opinion loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused.

John Jay: to R. Lushington - March 15, 1786

Quote 831 details Share on Google+ - Quote 831 Linked In Share Button - Quote 831 Ye men of sense and virtue - Ye advocates for American Liberty, rouse up and espouse the cause of humanity and general liberty. Bear a testimony against a vice which degrades human nature, and dissolves that universal tie of benevolence which should connect all children of men together in one great family - The plant of liberty is of so tender a nature, that it cannot thrive long in the neighborhood of slavery.

Benjamin Rush: On Slavekeeping 1773

Quote 936 details Share on Google+ - Quote 936 Linked In Share Button - Quote 936 The desire to preserve our country from the calamities and ravages of war, by cultivation a disposition, and pursing a conduct, conciliatory and friendly to all nations, has been sincerely entertained and faithfully followed. It was dictated by the principles of humanity, the precepts of the gospel, and the general wish of our country, and it was not to be doubted that the Society of Friends, with whom it is a religious principle, would sanction it by their support.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to Messrs. Thomas, Ellicot November 13, 1807
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