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Quote 162 details Share on Google+ - Quote 162 Linked In Share Button - Quote 162 It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station [of President] filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.

Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 68, March 14, 1788
The Federalist Papers
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I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1802) 3rd president of US (1743 - 1826) - This has been reported as spurious because deflation was not used until the 1920s.
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Quote 171 details Share on Google+ - Quote 171 Linked In Share Button - Quote 171 To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

George Washington: George Washington (1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, "Father of the Country"

Quote 219 details Share on Google+ - Quote 219 Linked In Share Button - Quote 219 This process of election affords a moral certainty that the office of President will seldom fall to the lot of any many who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.

Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 68, March 14, 1788
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Quote 442 details Share on Google+ - Quote 442 Linked In Share Button - Quote 442 For myself the delay [in assuming the office of the President] may be compared with a reprieve; for in confidence I assure you, with the world it would obtain little credit that my movements to the chair of Government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution: so unwilling am I, in the evening of a life nearly consumed in public cares, to quit a peaceful abode for an Ocean of difficulties, without that competency of political skill, abilities and inclination which is necessary to manage the helm.

George Washington: comment to General Henry Knox, March 1789

Quote 608 details Share on Google+ - Quote 608 Linked In Share Button - Quote 608 We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything
partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.

John Adams: President John Adams, Inaugural Address, 1797
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Quote 769 details Share on Google+ - Quote 769 Linked In Share Button - Quote 769 We have considered the previous question stated in a letter written by your direction to us by the Secretary of Sate on the 18th of last Month, the liens of separation drawn by the Constitution between the three departments of government. These being in certain respects checks upon each other, and our being judges of a court in the last resort, are considerations which afford strong arguments against the propriety of our extra-judicially deciding the questions alluded to, especially as the power given by the Constitution the President, of calling on the heads of departments for opinions, seems to have been purposely and well as expressly united to the executive departments.

John Jay: To George Washington - August 8, 1793

Quote 807 details Share on Google+ - Quote 807 Linked In Share Button - Quote 807 The 4th of July has been celebrate din Philadelphia in the manner I expected. The military men, and particularly one of them, ran away with all the glory of the day. Scarcely a word was said of the solicitude and labors and fears and sorrows and sleepless nights of the men who projected, proposed, defended and subscribed the Declaration of Independence. Do you recollect your memorable speech upon the day on which the vote was taken? Do you recollect the pensive and awful silence which pervaded the house when we were called up, one after another, to the table of the president of Congress to subscribe what was believed by many at the time to be our own death warrants? The silence and the gloom of the morning were interrupted, I well recollect, only for a moment by Colonel Harrison of Virginia, who said to Mr. Gerry at the table: I shall have a great advantage over you, Mr. Gerry, when we are all hung for what we are now doing. From the size and weight of my body I shall die in a few minutes, but from the lightness of your body you will dance in the air an hour or two before you are dead. This speech procured a transient smile, but it was soon succeeded by the solemnity with which the whole business was conducted.

Benjamin Rush: Letter to John Adams, July 20, 1811

Quote 853 details Share on Google+ - Quote 853 Linked In Share Button - Quote 853 To expect … the same service from raw and undisciplined recruits, as from veteran soldiers, is to expect what never did and perhaps never will happen. Men, who are familiarized to danger, meet it without shrinking; whereas troops unused to service often apprehend danger where no danger is.

George Washington: Letter to the President of Congress, February 9, 1776

Quote 913 details Share on Google+ - Quote 913 Linked In Share Button - Quote 913 Whilst the last members were signing [the Constitution], Doctor Franklin, looking towards the President's chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be panted, observed to a few members near him, that painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art, a rising, from a setting sun. I have said he, often and often, in the course of the session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President, without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting; but now at length, I have the happiness to know, that it is a rising, and not a setting sun.

Benjamin Franklin: debates in the Constitutional Convention, September 17,1787
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Quote 935 details Share on Google+ - Quote 935 Linked In Share Button - Quote 935 The history of human conduct does not warrant that exalted opinion of human virtue which would make it wise in a nation to commit interests of so delicate and momentous a kind as those which concern its intercourse with the rest of the world to the sole disposal of a magistrate, created and circumstanced, as would be President of the Untied States.


Quote 1068 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1068 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1068 [On appointment of George Washington to President] Permit me then with great sincerity to salute you on the occasion and particularly to congratulate my Country and all America on this appointment.

Carter Braxton: letter to George Washington, 15 April 1789

Quote 1188 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1188 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1188 The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army ... There is nothing that gives a man consequence, and renders him fit for command, like a support that renders him independent of everybody but the State he serves.


Quote 1189 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1189 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1189 To place any dependence upon militia, is, assuredly, resting upon a broken staff. Men just dragged from the tender scenes of domestic life – unaccustomed to the din of arms – totally unacquainted with every kind of military skill, which being followed by a want of confidence in themselves when opposed to troops regularly trained, disciplined, and appointed, superior in knowledge, and superior in arms, makes them timid and ready to fly from their own shadows.

George Washington: letter to the president of Congress, Heights of Harlem, September 24, 1776

Quote 1217 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1217 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1217 I had in mine, of the same date, communicated to you my ideas on that part of the constitution, limiting the president's power of negativing the acts of the legislature; and just hinted some thoughts on the propriety of the provision made for the appointment to offices, which I esteem to be a power nearly as important as legislation.


Quote 1219 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1219 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1219 If the president alone was vested with the power of appointing all officers, and was left to select a council for himself, he would be liable to be deceived by flatterers and pretenders to patriotism, who would have no motive but their own emolument. They would wish to extend the powers of the executive to increase their own importance; and, however upright he might be in his intentions, there would be great danger of his being misled, even to the subversion of the constitution, or, at least, to introduce such evils as to interrupt the harmony of the government, and deprive him of the confidence of the people.

Roger Sherman: letter to John Adams, July 1789

Quote 1291 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1291 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1291 Every nation has a right to govern itself internally under what forms it pleases, and to change these forms at its own will; and externally to transact business with other nations through whatever organ it chooses, whether that be a King, Convention, Assembly, Committee, President, or whatever it be. The only thing essential is, the will of the nation.

Quote 1370 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1370 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1370 The Vice-President is an unnecessary officer. I can see no reason for such an officer. The Senate might of their own body elect a president who would have no dangerous influence.

James Monroe: Debate in Virginia Ratifying Convention
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