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Quote 581 details Share on Google+ - Quote 581 Linked In Share Button - Quote 581 Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.


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George Washington: The Newburgh Address, March 15, 1783

Quote 736 details Share on Google+ - Quote 736 Linked In Share Button - Quote 736 Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes and the opportunities of fraud growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could reserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

James Madison: Political Observations, April 20, 1795

Quote 763 details Share on Google+ - Quote 763 Linked In Share Button - Quote 763 I consider knowledge to be the soul of a republic, and as the weak and wicked are generally in alliance, as much care should be taken to diminish the number of the former as of that latter. Education is the way to do this, and nothing should be left undone to afford all ranks of people that means of obtaining a proper degree of it at a cheap and easy rate.

John Jay: To Benjamin Rush - March 21, 1785

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The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.

Benjamin Rush: On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic 1806
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Such is my veneration for every religion that reveals the attributes of the Deity, or a future state of rewards and punishments, that I had rather see the opinions of Confucius or Mahomed inculcated upon our youth than see them grow up wholly devoid of a system of religious principles.

Benjamin Rush: Of the Mode of Education Proper in the Republic - 1806

Quote 843 details Share on Google+ - Quote 843 Linked In Share Button - Quote 843 In this system, it is declared that the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature. This being made the criterion of the right of suffrage, it is consequently secured, because the same Constitution guaranties to every state in the Union a republican form of government. The right of suffrage is fundamental to republics.

James Wilson: Pennsylvania Ratification Convention, November 26, 1787

Quote 926 details Share on Google+ - Quote 926 Linked In Share Button - Quote 926 I, however, place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.


Quote 968 details Share on Google+ - Quote 968 Linked In Share Button - Quote 968 The genius of republican liberty, seems to demand on one side, not only that all power should be derived from the people; but, that those entrusted with it should be kept in dependence on the people, by a short duration of their appointments; and, that even during this short period, the trust should be place not in a few, but in a number of hands. Stability, on the contrary, requires, that the hands in which power is lodge, should continue for a length of time, the same. A frequent change of men will result from a frequent return of electors, and a frequent change of measure, from a frequent change of men; whilst energy in Government requires not only a certain duration of power, but the execution of it by a single hand.


Quote 974 details Share on Google+ - Quote 974 Linked In Share Button - Quote 974 Believing that the happiness of mankind is best promoted by the useful pursuits of peace, that on theses alone a stable prosperity can be founded, that the evils of war are great in their endurance, and have a long reckoning for ages to come, I have used my best endeavors to keep our country uncommitted in the troubles of which afflict Europe, and which assail us on every side.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to the Young Republicans of Pittsburgh, December 2, 1808
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Quote 978 details Share on Google+ - Quote 978 Linked In Share Button - Quote 978 As, for the safety of society, we commit honest maniacs to Bedlam, so judges should be withdrawn from their bench, whose erroneous biases are leading us to dissolution. it may indeed injure them in fame or in fortune; but it saves the republic, which is the firs and supreme law.


Quote 984 details Share on Google+ - Quote 984 Linked In Share Button - Quote 984 The judiciary of the United states is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. ... A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing, but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.


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If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.


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The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government, as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of the people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.


Quote 1021 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1021 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1021 That it would please Him [God] still to have these United States under His Holy protection and guidance – that He would inspire those who have the management of all our public affairs with all that wisdom, prudence and integrity that is necessary to the faithful discharge of their important trusts, that all their determinations may tend to promote the real happiness and prosperity of this great and rising Republic, and that all people may be disposed to afflict in carrying such determinations into effect.

Josiah Bartlett: proclamation issued on October 5, 1793

Quote 1028 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1028 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1028 Where slavery exists the republic theory becomes still more fallacious.


Quote 1047 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1047 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1047 But every difference of opinion is not a difference in principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all republicans - we are federalists.


Quote 1048 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1048 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1048 In truth, the abuses of monarchy had so much filled all the space of political contemplation, that we imagined everything republican which was not monarchy. We had not yet penetrated to the mother principle, that "governments are republican only in proportion as they embody the will of their people, and execute it." Hence, ore first constitutions had really no leading principles in them. But experience and reflection have but more and more confirmed me in the particular importance of the equal representation then proposed.


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Public officials may have to live in a splendor unsuited to new republics groaning under financial burdens; private individuals fleeing from the tyranny of old governments are in a different position, however.

James Smith: letter to the American Commissioners, Aug 24, 1778.
Web Source: http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Franklin/01-27-02-0269

Quote 1271 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1271 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1271 In the first place it is to be remembered that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.

James Madison: Federalist No. 14
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers

Quote 1337 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1337 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1337 I am very glad you have seriously read Plato, and still more rejoiced to find that your reflections upon him so perfectly harmonize with mine ... My disappointment was very great, my astonishment was greater, my disgust shocking ... His laws and his republic, from which I expected most, disappointed me most.


Quote 1361 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1361 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1361 However men may differ in their ideas of grandeur or of government here, the grave is nevertheless a perfect republic.

Thomas Paine: The Crisis 1778
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Quoted Document: The Crisis

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Republican Government is no other than government established and conducted for the interest of the public, as well individually as collectively.


Quote 1390 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1390 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1390 A republic must not only be so in its principles but in its form.

Thomas Paine: "To the Citizens of the United States" 1802
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