“Wise words from our Forefathers”


Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make good use of it! If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it!
John Adams – letter to Abigail Adams

Those who would exchange freedom for security deserve neither freedom nor security,
Benjiman Franklin

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.”
– Edmund Burke

 …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!
–Patric Henry, 1776


The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
-Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

 A monarchy is a merchantman which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock, and go to the bottom; a republic is a raft which will never sink, but then your feet are always in the water.
–Fisher Ames (1758-1808

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
-William Pitt, 1783

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence. It is force, and like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master”.
– George Washington.

“…That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, 1776

You have no longer any cause to fear dangers from abroad … It is from within, among yourselves – from cupidity, from corruption, from disappointed ambition and inordinate thirst for power – that factions will be formed and liberty endangered …”
– Andrew Jackson

“It is not the function of the government to keep the citizens from falling into error, it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.”
– U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson

“The power to tax involves the power to destroy.” – Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, 1819.

Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson emphasized in West Virginia State Board of Education vs. Barnette — that: “One’s right to life, liberty and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no election.”
Nat Hentoff, Column, Sept. 27, 1999


“Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame and danger that their acts would otherwise involve… But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn’t belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish that law without delay…No legal plunder; this is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony and logic.” – Frederic Bastiat, The Law,1850.

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
–Tacitus (A,D. 55?-130?)

“Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurences, and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.”
– George Washington, First President of the United States, in a speech to Congress, January 7, 1790

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~ by devildog6771 on August 24, 2006.

One Response to ““Wise words from our Forefathers””

  1. Excellent words and ideas. And they actually work if people take them only half seriously. These ideals are in jeopardy today in American classrooms which devote one day to the Constitution, celebrate the first black woman to fly without any mention of the Wright Brothers, learn about Marilyn Monroe in three pages of history text and George Washington is afforded only three paragraphs. There is no room for Pat Henry, Tom Jefferson, John Marshall, or Bill Pitt. But, Brad Pitt, now that’s a different matter! Students can quote the lines he parroted in any of the movies in which he starred. Nary a hint of John Kennedy or Thurgood Marshall.

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