Founding Fathers Quotations

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 [the banks] 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.

When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. 

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.”

Thomas Jefferson

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

“The thing that separates the American Christian from every other person on earth is the fact that he would rather die on his feet, than live on his knees!”.

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

George Washington (1732 – 1799)

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people, by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.

James Madison (1751 – 1836)

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to  remain silent.

Among  a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.

Edmund Burke   (1729 – 1797)

James McHenry

Signer of the Constitution

[P]ublic utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the punishment they threaten, the rewards they promise, the stamp and image of divinity they bear, which produces a conviction of their truths, can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness. In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses, and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience.

(Source: Bernard C. Steiner, One Hundred and Ten Years of Bible Society Work in Maryland, 1810-1920 (Maryland Bible Society, 1921), p. 14.)

Be not intimidated…
nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties
by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency.
These, as they are often used, are but three different names
for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.”

John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765

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