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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 837 details Share on Google+ - Quote 837 Linked In Share Button - Quote 837 The American war is over; but this far from being the case with the American revolution. On the contrary, nothing but the first act of the drama is closed. It remains yet to establish and perfect our new forms of government, and to prepare the principles, morals, and manners of our citizens for these forms of government after they are established and brought to perfection.

Benjamin Rush: January 25, 1787

Quote 852 details Share on Google+ - Quote 852 Linked In Share Button - Quote 852 When the married Couple strictly observe the great Rules of Honor & Justice towards each other, Differences, if any happen, between them, must proceed from small & trifling Circumstances.

Samuel Adams: Letter to Thomas Wells, November 22, 1780

Quote 861 details Share on Google+ - Quote 861 Linked In Share Button - Quote 861 Popularity was never my mistress, nor was I ever, or shall I ever be a popular man.

John Adams: Letter to James Warren, 1787

Quote 867 details Share on Google+ - Quote 867 Linked In Share Button - Quote 867 That advice should be taken where example has failed, or precept be regarded where warning is ridiculed, is like a picture of hope resting on despair.

Thomas Paine: The Crisis, 1780
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Quote 875 details Share on Google+ - Quote 875 Linked In Share Button - Quote 875 Tranquility is the old man's milk. I go to enjoy it in a few days, and to exchange the roar and tumult of bulls and bears for the prattle of my grandchildren and senile rest.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to Edward Rutledge, Jun 24, 1798

Quote 890 details Share on Google+ - Quote 890 Linked In Share Button - Quote 890 And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

Richard Henry Lee: the Federal Farmer 1788

Quote 892 details Share on Google+ - Quote 892 Linked In Share Button - Quote 892 While avarice and ambition have a place in the heart of man, the weak will become a prey to the strong.

Thomas Paine: Thoughts on Defensive War, 1775

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 917 details Share on Google+ - Quote 917 Linked In Share Button - Quote 917 It is to probable that no plan we propose will be adopted. Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God.

George Washington: remarks at the first Continental Congress, May 14, 1787
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Quote 919 details Share on Google+ - Quote 919 Linked In Share Button - Quote 919 the maxim of buying nothing without the money in our pocket to pay for it, would make our country one of the happiest upon earth. Experience during the war proved this; as I think every man will remember that under all the privations it obliged him to submit to during that period he slept sounder, and awaken happier than he can do now. Desperate of finding relief from a free course of justice, I look forward to the abolition of all credit as the only other remedy which can take place.


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 936 details Share on Google+ - Quote 936 Linked In Share Button - Quote 936 The desire to preserve our country from the calamities and ravages of war, by cultivation a disposition, and pursing a conduct, conciliatory and friendly to all nations, has been sincerely entertained and faithfully followed. It was dictated by the principles of humanity, the precepts of the gospel, and the general wish of our country, and it was not to be doubted that the Society of Friends, with whom it is a religious principle, would sanction it by their support.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to Messrs. Thomas, Ellicot November 13, 1807
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Quote 964 details Share on Google+ - Quote 964 Linked In Share Button - Quote 964 I confess I have the same fears for our South American brethren; the qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. They are the result of habit and long training, and for these they will require time and probably much suffering.


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 994 details Share on Google+ - Quote 994 Linked In Share Button - Quote 994 For Taxes, operate two ways towards the increase of National Wealth. First they stimulate industry to provide the means of payment, secondly they encourage economy so far as to avoid the purchase of unnecessary things and keep money in readiness for the Tax gatherer.

Robert Morris: letter to Alexander Martin, July 20, 1782

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That peace, safety, and concord may be the portion of our native land, and be long enjoyed by our fellow-citizens, is the most ardent wish of my heart, and if I can be instrumental in procuring or preserving them, I shall think I have not lived in vain.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to Benjamin Waring and others, March 23, 1801
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Quote 1059 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1059 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1059 Whatsoever State among us shall continue to make piety and virtue the standard of public honor will enjoy the greatest inward peace, the greatest national happiness, and in every outward conflict will discover the greatest constitutional strength.

John Witherspoon: Sermon Delivered at Public Thanksgiving After Peace

Quote 1062 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1062 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1062 We have been spectators of such wonderful scenes within the last fifty years of our lives as perhaps were never seen before in the same space of time: tempests, convulsions, wars and revolutions have succeeded each other with such rapidity and violence as to cause the utmost astonishment of the human mind; but the events in Europe within the last and present year surpass all the rest.

Thomas McKean: letter to John Adams, 1 July 1815

Quote 1063 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1063 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1063 We have reason to be thankful to God for the success of the arms of the U.S. the last year of the war, both at sea and land; it is true, the enemy got possession of the city of Washington (an unfortified and open town) and retained it four & twenty hours, but they were beaten at Baltimore, Chippewa, Bridgetown, Erie, with equal numbers; on Lake Champlain and at Plattsburgh a glorious victory was obtained over them by inferior numbers, and to crown the whole, they sustained a most signal defeat at New-Orleans by a still less proportion of combatants, the great majority of whom were Militia, brave but undisciplined. By these events our Independence is strengthened and the American character exalted. We may now reasonably hope for a durable peace, altho’ we must expect annoyances, while there are wars in Europe between the countries with whom we trade.

Thomas McKean: letter to John Adams, 1 July 1815

Quote 1064 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1064 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1064 A glimmering of peace appears in the horizon. May it be realized. But every preparation should be made for a continuance of the war. When the British arms have been successful, I have never found their rulers or ministers otherwise than haughty, rude, imperious, nay, insolent. They and their allies have this year been successful, both in the north and south of Europe.

Thomas McKean: letter to John Adams, 7 January 1814

Quote 1065 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1065 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1065 Though I shall never write a history, I will give you a historical fact respecting the Declaration of Independence, which may amuse, if not surprise.

On the 1st of July, 1776, the question was taken in committee of the whole of Congress, when Pennsylvania, represented by seven members then present, voted against it, four to three. Among the majority were Robert Morris and John Dickinson. Delaware (having only two present, namely, myself and Mr. Read) was divided. All the other States voted in favor of it. The report was delayed until the 4th; and, in the mean time, I sent an express for Cæsar Rodney to Dover, in the County of Kent, in Delaware, at my private expense, whom I met at the State House door, on the 4th of July, in his boots. He resided eighty miles from the city, and just arrived as Congress met. The question was taken. Delaware voted in favor of Independence. Pennsylvania (there being only five members present, Messrs. Dickinson and Morris absent) voted also for it. Messrs. Willing and Humphries were against it. Thus the thirteen States were unanimous in favor of Independence. Notwithstanding this, in the printed public journal of Congress for 1776, Vol. II., it appears that the Declaration of Independence was declared on the 4th of July, 1776, by the gentlemen whose names are there inserted: whereas, no persons signed it on that day; and, among the names there inserted, one gentleman, namely, George Read, Esq., was not in favor of it; and seven were not in Congress on that day, namely, Messrs. Morris, Rush, Clymer, Smith, Taylor, and Ross, all of Pennsylvania, and Mr. Thornton, of New Hampshire; nor were the six gentlemen last named members of Congress on the 4th of July. The five for Pennsylvania were appointed delegates by the convention of that State on the 20th of July, and Mr. Thornton took his seat in Congress, for the first time, on the 4th of November following; when the names of Henry Hinds, of New York, and Thomas McKean, of Delaware, are not printed as subscribers, though both were present in Congress on the 4th of July, and voted for Independence.

Here false colors are certainly hung out. There is culpability somewhere. What I have heard as an explanation is as follows: When the Declaration was voted, it was ordered to be engrossed on parchment, and then signed; and that a few days afterwards a Resolution was entered on the secret journal that no person should have a seat in Congress during that year until he should have signed the Declaration of Independence. After the 4th of July, I was not in Congress for several months, having marched with a regiment of Associators, as Colonel, to support General Washington, until the flying camp of ten thousand men was completed. When the Associators were discharged, I returned to Philadelphia, took my seat in Congress, and signed my name to the Declaration on parchment. This transaction should be truly stated, and the then secret journal should be made public. In the manuscript journal, Mr. Pickering, then Secretary of State, and myself, saw a printed half-sheet of paper, with the names of the members afterwards in the printed journals stitched in. We examined the parchment, where my name is signed in my own handwriting.

Thomas McKean: letter to John Adams, 7 January 1814

Quote 1071 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1071 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1071 There—for your entertainment & amusement, will pass before you in Review the rise and fall of succeding Empires, from the birth of time to the present period—there you will at leisure Review the various Stages, and shifting scenes of the last glorious Revolution, in which you, Sir, with your compatriot Army, have reaped the Laurels of the well-fought Field, and returned triumphant with the plaudit of a gazing World. there, you will enjoy the pleasing satisfaction of viewing, as the fruit of your services in those "anxious days and nights" spent in conflicting War, an Empire rising with unrivalled dignity—And there—not confined to the present sphere, your contemplations will expand, and look forward to the brighter scenes of Eternity, and anticipate that future glory which the "pure and benign light of Revelation" most perfective of human Virtue, has taught you so firmly to realize—and there—will you, greatly perfect in those virtues which "were the characteristic of the divine author of our blessed Religion, & in humble imitation of whom," you will ripen for that seat of immortal felicity, to which, when satisfied with life, may you be raptured by an Escort of Guardian Angels. I have the honor to be with all imaginable respect

Lyman Hall: letter to George Washington, 15 August 1783

Quote 1077 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1077 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1077 I am sorry to inform you there is Reason to fear the Indian War is not quite at an End.

Charles Thomson: letter to Benjamin Franklin, December 18, 1764

Quote 1090 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1090 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1090 I beg leave to offer you my resignation of the office of Attorney of the United States for Delaware District--which I have the honor to request your acceptance of. I have the honour to be with the highest consideration and respect Your obedt. servt.

George Read: letter to James Madison, November 25, 1815



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