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Quote 65 details Share on Google+ - Quote 65 Linked In Share Button - Quote 65 Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.

John Adams: Defense of the Constitutions, 1787

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But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.


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If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!


Quote 78 details Share on Google+ - Quote 78 Linked In Share Button - Quote 78 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

Quote 111 details Share on Google+ - Quote 111 Linked In Share Button - Quote 111 Without wishing to damp the ardor of curiosity or influence the freedom of inquiry, I will hazard a prediction that, after the most industrious and impartial researchers, the longest liver of you all will find no principles, institutions or systems of education more fit in general to be transmitted to your posterity than those you have received from your ancestors.

John Adams: letter to the young men of the Philadelphia, May 7, 1798

Quote 134 details Share on Google+ - Quote 134 Linked In Share Button - Quote 134 I am persuaded that a firm union is as necessary to perpetuate our liberties as it is to make us respectable; and experience will probably prove that the National Government will be as natural a guardian of our freedom as the State Legislatures.

Alexander Hamilton: speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June, 1788

Quote 172 details Share on Google+ - Quote 172 Linked In Share Button - Quote 172 If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams: Unknown

Quote 277 details Share on Google+ - Quote 277 Linked In Share Button - Quote 277 During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety.

Thomas Jefferson: Second Inaugural Address, December 9, 1805

Quote 333 details Share on Google+ - Quote 333 Linked In Share Button - Quote 333 If it be asked what is to restrain the House of Representatives from making legal discriminations in favor of themselves and a particular class of the society? I answer, the genius of the whole system, the nature of just and constitutional laws, and above all the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America, a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return is nourished by it.

James Madison: Federalist No. 57, February 19, 1788
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Quote 382 details Share on Google+ - Quote 382 Linked In Share Button - Quote 382 Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

James Madison: speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 6, 1788
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Quote 410 details Share on Google+ - Quote 410 Linked In Share Button - Quote 410 Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.

Thomas Paine: Rights of Man, 1791
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Quote 423 details Share on Google+ - Quote 423 Linked In Share Button - Quote 423 Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.

Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, September 11, 1777
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Quote 445 details Share on Google+ - Quote 445 Linked In Share Button - Quote 445 Happy, thrice happy shall they be pronounced hereafter, who have contributed any thing, who have performed the meanest office in erecting this stupendous fabrick of Freedom and Empire on the broad basis of Independency; who have assisted in protecting the rights of humane nature and establishing an Asylum for the poor and oppressed of all nations and religions.

George Washington: General Orders, April 18, 1783

Quote 456 details Share on Google+ - Quote 456 Linked In Share Button - Quote 456 I rejoice in a belief that intellectual light will spring up in the dark corners of the earth; that freedom of enquiry will produce liberality of conduct; that mankind will reverse the absurd position that the many were, made for the few; and that they will not continue slaves in one part of the globe, when they can become freemen in another.

George Washington: draft of First Inaugural Address, April 1789

Quote 477 details Share on Google+ - Quote 477 Linked In Share Button - Quote 477 My anxious recollections, my sympathetic feeling, and my best wishes are irresistibly excited whensoever, in any country, I see an oppressed nation unfurl the banners of freedom.

George Washington: letter to Pierre Auguste Adet, January 1, 1796

Quote 525 details Share on Google+ - Quote 525 Linked In Share Button - Quote 525 The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought

Samuel Adams: Essay in the Boston Gazette, October 14, 1771

Quote 528 details Share on Google+ - Quote 528 Linked In Share Button - Quote 528 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... These may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.

Samuel Adams: Rights of the Colonists, November 20, 1772

Quote 531 details Share on Google+ - Quote 531 Linked In Share Button - Quote 531 It is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defence of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property. If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand 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.

Samuel Adams: The Rights of the Colonists, November 20, 1772

Quote 542 details Share on Google+ - Quote 542 Linked In Share Button - Quote 542 We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and with a propitious eye beholds his subjects assuming that freedom of thought and dignity of self-direction which He bestowed on them. From the rising to the setting sun, may His kingdom come!

Samuel Adams: After signing the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Quote 547 details Share on Google+ - Quote 547 Linked In Share Button - Quote 547 If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen

Samuel Adams: Speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776

Quote 548 details Share on Google+ - Quote 548 Linked In Share Button - Quote 548 Freedom of thought and the right of private judgment, in matters of conscience, driven from every other corner of the earth, direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum.

Samuel Adams: Speech at the State House, Philadelphia, August 1, 1776

Quote 549 details Share on Google+ - Quote 549 Linked In Share Button - Quote 549 There is One above us who will take exemplary vengeance for every insult upon His majesty. You know that the cause of America is just. You know that she contends for that freedom to which all men are entitled - that she contends against oppression, rapine, and more than savage barbarity. The blood of the innocent is upon your hands, and all the waters of the ocean will not wash it away. We again make our solemn appeal to the God of heaven to decide between you and us. And we pray that, in the doubtful scale of battle, we may be successful as we have justice on our side, and that the merciful Savior of the world may forgive our oppressors.

Samuel Adams: Letter to the Earl of Carlisle and Others, July 16, 1778

Quote 580 details Share on Google+ - Quote 580 Linked In Share Button - Quote 580 The price of freedom is eternal vigilance


Quote 636 details Share on Google+ - Quote 636 Linked In Share Button - Quote 636 To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Quote 637 details Share on Google+ - Quote 637 Linked In Share Button - Quote 637 Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need for masters

Benjamin Franklin: letter to the Abbes Chalut and Arnoux, 1787



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