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Quote 566 details Share on Google+ - Quote 566 Linked In Share Button - Quote 566 It has been observed, that "education has a greater influence on manners, than human laws can have." Human laws excite fears and apprehensions, least crimes committed may be detected and punished: But a virtuous education is calculated to reach and influence the heart, and to prevent crimes. A very judicious writer, has quoted Plato, who in shewing what care for the security of States ought to be taken of the education of youth, speaks of it as almost sufficient to supply the place both of Legislation and Administration. Such an education, which leads the youth beyond mere outside shew, will impress their minds with a profound reverence of the Deity, universal benevolence, and a warm attachment and affection towards their country. It will excite in them a just regard to Divine Revelation, which informs them of the original character and dignity of Man; and it will inspire them with a sense of true honor, which consists in conforming as much as possible, their principles, habits, and manners to that original character. It will enlarge their powers of mind, and prompt them impartially to search for truth in the consideration of every subject that may employ their thoughts; and among other branches of knowledge, it will instruct them in the skill of political architecture and jurisprudence; and qualify them to discover any error, if there should be such, in the forms and administration of Governments, and point out the method of correcting them.

Samuel Adams: Address to Massachusetts Legislature as Governor, January 17, 1794

Quote 571 details Share on Google+ - Quote 571 Linked In Share Button - Quote 571 And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken into pieces, and the oppressed made free: that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among the nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom or our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all the people willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is the Prince of Peace.

Samuel Adams: Day of Fasting Proclamation as Governor, March 20, 1797

Quote 576 details Share on Google+ - Quote 576 Linked In Share Button - Quote 576 "The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world not destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside ... Horrid mischief would ensue were one half the world deprived of the use of them ... the weak will become prey to the strong."

Thomas Paine: Thoughts on Defensive War

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In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent Measure should be taken to ward off the impending Judgements....All confidence must be withheld from the Means we use; and reposed only on that GOD who rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without whose Blessing the best human Counsels are but Foolishness--and all created Power Vanity;



"It is the Happiness of his Church that, when the Powers of Earth and Hell combine against it...that the Throne of Grace is of the easiest access--and its Appeal thither is graciously invited by the Father of Mercies, who has assured it, that when his Children ask Bread he will not give them a Stone....



"RESOLVED, That it be, and hereby is recommended to the good People of this Colony of all Denominations, that THURSDAY the Eleventh Day of May next be set apart as a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer...to confess the sins...to implore the Forgiveness of all our Transgression...and a blessing on the Husbandry, Manufactures, and other lawful Employments of this People; and especially that the union of the American Colonies in Defense of their Rights (for hitherto we desire to thank Almighty GOD) may be preserved and confirmed....And that AMERICA may soon behold a gracious Interposition of Heaven."

John Hancock: April 15, 1775

Quote 587 details Share on Google+ - Quote 587 Linked In Share Button - Quote 587 As to my Title, I know not yet whether it will be honourable or dishonourable, the issue of the War must Settle it. Perhaps our Congress will be Exalted on a high Gallows

Abraham Clark: August 2, 1776

Quote 593 details Share on Google+ - Quote 593 Linked In Share Button - Quote 593 We look forward to the time when the power to love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace


Quote 594 details Share on Google+ - Quote 594 Linked In Share Button - Quote 594 The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should therefore be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated. If the doctrine be admitted, rulers have only to declare war and they are screened at once from scrutiny.


Quote 620 details Share on Google+ - Quote 620 Linked In Share Button - Quote 620 We are bound to defray expenses [of the war] within our own time, and are unauthorized to burden posterity with them.... We shall all consider ourselves morally bound to pay them ourselves and consequently within the life [expectancy] of the majority


Quote 630 details Share on Google+ - Quote 630 Linked In Share Button - Quote 630 It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.


Quote 669 details Share on Google+ - Quote 669 Linked In Share Button - Quote 669 It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Patrick Henry: Unknown

Quote 682 details Share on Google+ - Quote 682 Linked In Share Button - Quote 682 My dear sister, I hope, when God Almighty in his righteous providence shall take me out of time into eternity, that it will be by a flash of lightning.

James Otis: Letter to Mercy Otis Warren, April 1783

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My rule, in which I have always found satisfaction, is, never to turn aside in public affairs through views of private interest; but to go straight forward in doing what appears to me right at the time, leaving the consequences with Providence.


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Quote 718 details Share on Google+ - Quote 718 Linked In Share Button - Quote 718 There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!

John Hancock: upon signing the Declaration of Independence — 1776

Quote 728 details Share on Google+ - Quote 728 Linked In Share Button - Quote 728 When I contemplate the immense advances in science and discoveries in the arts which have been made within the period of my life, I look forward with confidence to equal advances by the present generation, and have no doubt they will consequently be as much wiser than we have been as we than our fathers were, and they than the burners of witches.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Benjamin Waterhouse, March 3, 1818

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 737 details Share on Google+ - Quote 737 Linked In Share Button - Quote 737 He who is the author of a war, lets loose the whole contagion of hell, and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.

Thomas Paine: The Crisis No. V, 1797
Quoted Document: The Crisis

Quote 754 details Share on Google+ - Quote 754 Linked In Share Button - Quote 754 Thro Various Scenes of Life God has Sustained me. May he ever be my unfailing Friend, May his Love cherish my Soul, May my Heart with Gratitude Acknowledge his Goodness and may my Desires be to him and to the Remembrance of his Name... May We then turn our Eyes to the bright Objects above, and may God give us Strength to travel the upward Road. May the divine Redeemer conduct us to that Seat of Bliss which he himself has prepared for his Friends; at the Approach of which every Sorrow shall Vanish from the human heart, and endless scenes of Glory Open upon the enraptured Eye

Oliver Wolcott: Letter to Laura Wolcott

Quote 759 details Share on Google+ - Quote 759 Linked In Share Button - Quote 759 And though the murderers may escape the just resentment of an enraged people; through drowsy justice, intoxicated by the poisonous draught prepared for her cup, still nods upon her rotten seat, yet be assured such complicated crimes will meet their due reward. tell me, ye bloody butchers! ye villains high and low! ye wretches who contrive as well as you who executed the inhuman deed! do you not feel goads and stings of conscious guilt pierce through your savage bosoms?

John Hancock: Boston Massacre Oration - march 5, 1774
Quoted Document: Boston Massacre Oration

Quote 780 details Share on Google+ - Quote 780 Linked In Share Button - Quote 780 It is not choice then, but necessity that calls for Independence as the only means by which foreign Alliances can be obtained; and a proper confederation by which internal peace an Union may be secured. Contrary to our earnest, early, and repeated petitions for peace, liberty and safety, our enemies press us with war, threaten us with danger and Slavery

Richard Henry Lee: letter to Landon carter, June 2, 1776

Quote 784 details Share on Google+ - Quote 784 Linked In Share Button - Quote 784 The trial by jury in the judicial department, and the collection of the people by their representatives in the legislature, are those fortunate inventions which procured for them, in this country, their true proportion of influence and the wisest and most fit means of protecting themselves in the community. Their situation, as jurors and representatives, enables them to acquire information and knowledge in the affairs and government of the society; and to come forward, in turn, as the sentinels and guardians of each other.

Richard Henry Lee: Letters of the Federal Farmer - 1788

Quote 800 details Share on Google+ - Quote 800 Linked In Share Button - Quote 800 Your Honours will find in the old book, concerning the office of a justice of peace, precedents of general warrants to search suspected houses. But in more modern books you will find only special warrants to search such and such houses specially named, in which the complainant has before sworn he suspects his goods are concealed; and you will find in adjudged that special warrants only are legal. In the same manner I rely on it, that the writ prayed for in this petition being general is illegal. it is a power that places the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer.

James Otis: Argument against the writs of assistance - February 1761

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 814 details Share on Google+ - Quote 814 Linked In Share Button - Quote 814 There is no retreat but in submission and slavery. Our chains are forged. Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston. The ware is inevitable. And let it come! I repeat it, sire, let it come! It is vain, sir to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen my cry, peace, peace - but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. The next gale that surveys from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms. Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand idle here? Is life so dark or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains - and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Patrick Henry: speaking to the Virginia legislature, march 23, 1775

Quote 816 details Share on Google+ - Quote 816 Linked In Share Button - Quote 816 I am ever unwilling that [peace] should be disturbed as long as the rights and interests of the nations can be preserved. But whensoever hostile aggressions require a resort to war, we must meet our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Andrew Jackson, December 3, 1806



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