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Quote 1105 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1105 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1105 As long Sir as Mankind shall retain a proper Sense of the Blessings of Peace Liberty and Safety, your Character in every Country and in every Age will be honor’d admir’d and rever’d: but to a Mind elevated as your’s, the Consciousness of having done Great and illustrious Deeds from the purest Principles of Patriotism; of having by your Wisdom and Magnanimity arrested the Arm of Tyranny—saved a dear Country and Millions of Fellow Citizens—and Millions yet unborn—from Slavery and all the Horrors and Calamities of Slavery, and placed their Rights and Liberties on a Permanent Foundation—must yield a Satisfaction infinitely superior to all the Pomp and Eclat of applauding Ages and admiring Worlds.

William Paca: letter to George Washington, December 20, 1783

Quote 1111 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1111 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1111 Natural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator to the whole human race; and that civil liberty is founded in that and cannot be wrested from any people, without the most manifest violation of justice.


Quote 1122 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1122 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1122 those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature and our terrestrial, mundane system. I could, therefore, safely say, consistently with all my then and present information, that I believed they would never make discoveries in contradiction to these general principles. In favor of these general principles, in philosophy, religion, and government, I could fill sheets of quotations from Frederic of Prussia, from Hume, Gibbon, Bolingbroke, Rousseau, and Voltaire, as well as Newton and Locke; not to mention thousands of divines and philosophers of inferior fame.

John Adams: letter to Thomas Jefferson June 28, 1813

Quote 1124 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1124 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1124 God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country

Benjamin Franklin: to David Hartley, 4 December 1789

Quote 1127 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1127 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1127 Our All is at Stake, and the little Conveniences and Comforts of Life, when set in Competition with our Liberty, ought to be rejected not with Reluctance but with Pleasure.

George Mason: letter to George Washington, April 5, 1769

Quote 1131 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1131 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1131 That the people have a Right to mass and to bear arms; that a well regulated militia composed of the Body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper natural and safe defense of a free state, that standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided.

George Mason: Draft proposal, 3 Elliot, Debates at 659.

Quote 1141 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1141 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1141 Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to it's liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."

Thomas Jefferson: to John Jay, Aug 23, 1785

Quote 1149 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1149 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1149 It was certainly true: that nothing like an equality of property existed: that an inequality would exist as long as liberty existed, and that it would unavoidably result from that very liberty itself.

Alexander Hamilton: Constitutional Convention. Remarks on the Term of Office for Members of the Second Branch of the Legislature, [26 June 1787]

Quote 1164 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1164 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1164 The truth is that men will not be poor from choice or compulsion, and these governments can exist only in countries where the people are so from necessity. In all others they have ceased almost as soon as erected, and in many instances been succeeded by despotism, and the arbitrary sway of some usurper, who had before perhaps gained the confidence of the people, by eulogiums on liberty, and possessing no property of his own, by most disinterestedly opposing depredations on that of his neighbors.

Carter Braxton: May 1776 - address to the Convention of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia

Quote 1171 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1171 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1171 The more I have reflected on the subject, the better satisfied I am of the impolicy of assuming the state debts. The diminishing the necessity for State taxation will undoubtedly leave the national government more at liberty to exercise its powers and encrease the subjects on which it will act, for that purpose, and if that were absolutely a necessary power of the government, and no objections applied to the transfer itself of the publick creditors from one government to the other, without their consent, (for such a modification as leaves them not even a plausible alternative, amounts to the same thing, and such I understand the report to be) or to the probable inefficiency of the national government comparatively with those of the States in raising the necessary funds, I should perhaps have no objections to it at present.


Quote 1172 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1172 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1172 The spirit of liberty begins to shew itself in other regions


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Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

George Washington: Circular to the State - June 8, 1783

Quote 1190 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1190 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1190 If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us…My brave fellows, you have done all I asked you to do, and more than can be reasonably expected; but your country is at stake, your wives, your houses and all that you hold dear. You have worn yourselves out with fatigues and hardships, but we know not how to spare you. If you will consent to stay one month longer, you will render that service to the cause of liberty, and to your country, which you probably can never do under any other circumstances.

George Washington: December, 31, 1776

Quote 1193 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1193 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1193 Emigrants will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth; or, if able to throw off, it will be in exchange for an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to another. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty.


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There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to danger the public liberty.


Quote 1212 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1212 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1212 Of a very different nature, tho' only one degree better than the other reasoning, is all that sublimity of nonsense and alarm, that has been thundered against it in every shape of metaphoric terror, on the subject of a bill of rights, the liberty of the press, rights of conscience, rights of taxation and election, trials in the vicinity, freedom of speech, trial by jury, and a standing army. These last are undoubtedly important points, much too important to depend on mere paper protection. For, guard such privileges by the strongest expressions, still if you leave the legislative and executive power in the hands of those who are or may be disposed to deprive you of them you are but slaves.

Roger Sherman: The Countryman - Nov 22, 1787
Quoted Document: The Countryman

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Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.

Translation: I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.


Quote 1222 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1222 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1222 In short, we can judge by nothing but Appearances, and they are very apt to deceive us. Some put on a gay chearful Outside, and appear to the World perfectly at Ease, tho’ even then, some inward Sting, some secret Pain imbitters all their Joys, and makes the Ballance even: Others appear continually dejected and full of Sorrow; but even Grief itself is sometimes pleasant, and Tears are not always without their Sweetness: Besides, Some take a Satisfaction in being thought unhappy, (as others take a Pride in being thought humble,) these will paint their Misfortunes to others in the strongest Colours, and leave no Means unus’d to make you think them thoroughly miserable; so great a Pleasure it is to them to be pitied; Others retain the Form and outside Shew of Sorrow, long after the Thing itself, with its Cause, is remov’d from the Mind; it is a Habit they have acquir’d and cannot leave.

Benjamin Franklin: A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, 1725
Web Source: http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Franklin/01-01-02-0028

Quote 1237 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1237 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1237 For since Freedom from Uneasiness is the End of all our Actions, how is it possible for us to do any Thing disinterested? How can any Action be meritorious of Praise or Dispraise, Reward or Punishment, when the natural Principle of Self-Love is the only and the irresistible Motive to it?

Benjamin Franklin: A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, 1725

Quote 1259 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1259 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1259 There are certain maxims by which every wise and enlightened people will regulate their conduct. There are certain political maxims, which no free people out ever to abandon. Maxims of which the observance is essential to the security of happiness. It is impiously irritating the avenging hand of Heaven, when a people who are in the full enjoyment of freedom, launch out into the wide ocean of human affairs, and desert those maxims which alone can preserve liberty. Such maxims, humble as they are, are those only which can render a nation safe or formidable... We have one, Sir, That all men are by nature free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into society, they cannot by an compact deprive or divest their prosperity. We have a set of maxims of the same spirit, which must be beloved by every friend of liberty, to virtue, to mankind. Our Bill of Rights contains those admirable maxims.


Quote 1260 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1260 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1260 In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example and France has followed it, of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution is the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness.

James Madison: Essay in the national Gazette Gazette, January 18, 1792
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Quote 1317 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1317 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1317 To instruct, to advise, to qualify those, who have been restored to freedom, for the exercise and enjoyment of civil liberty, to promote in them habits of industry, to furnish them with employments suited to their age, sex, talents, and other circumstances, and to procure their children an education calculated for their future situation in life; these are the great outlines of the annexed plan, which we have adopted, and which we conceive will essentially promote the public good, and the happiness of these our hitherto too much neglected fellow-creatures.

Benjamin Franklin: Address to the public - 1789
Quoted Document: An Address to the Public (Concerning Slavery)

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The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, that we must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time, and eternally press forward for what is yet to get.

Thomas Jefferson: to Charles Clay Monticello Jan. 27. 1790.
Web Source: http://tjrs.monticello.org/letter/123

Quote 1397 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1397 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1397 The people are so vexed at the little attention I have given them that they are determined it seems to dismiss me from their service, a resolution most pleasing to me, for it is so very inconvenient to me that nothing should induce me to take a poll, but a repeated promise to my friends there, enforced by those here who consider me as a staunch friend to Liberty.

Francis Lightfoot Lee: to William Lee (Brother) Jul 18, 1770

Quote 1424 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1424 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1424 Be it remembered, however, that liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker

John Adams: Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law - 1765
Quoted Document: A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law



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