These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country … Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly … It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. …who shrinks back at a time when a little might have save the whole … There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful. It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, … we ought to guard equally against both. … In the progress of politics, as in the common occurrences of life, we are not only apt to forget the ground we have traveled over, but frequently neglect to gather up experience as we go. … Were a man to be totally deprived of memory, he would be incapable of forming any just opinion … The success of the cause, the union of the people, and the means of supporting and securing both, are points which cannot be too much attended to. He who doubts the former is a desponding coward, and he who willfully disturbs the latter is a traitor. … Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, … undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and government, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle.Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give the earth itself and all it contains rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing, however slightly so it may appear to you… From the practice of the purest virtue, you may be assured you will derive the most sublime comforts in every moment of life, and in the moment of death.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 1785
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.That government is the strongest of which everyone feels himself a part.
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people … They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call her tribunal every fact, every opinion.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.Information is the currency of democracy.The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.The following certainly applies to the so-called War against Terrorism, Islamic Fundamentalism. …
It is our duty to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others. … It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. … I never considered a difference in opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
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.
In those wretched countries were a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own.Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.
When the people find they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
No man’s life, liberty, or fortune is sage while our legislator is in session.
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth. …Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.
Our Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves. There are no bombs falling on our city, no large enemy armies at our gates, but we are facing a disaster of monumental proportions exceeding the tragedies to all former calamities combined. We face the end of America. A representative democracy is dead replaced by a swampland of party politics ignoring the will of the People, playing games with the future of our children, bailing out failure and taxing success. Traitors and cowards in elective office seeking only to appease advocacy and ethnic interests who promise to deliver the most amount of votes at the next election, Let us not be fooled, sir, that a failed economy is the central issue. It is not. The economy will rebound. But the issue is how much more dependent on government to satisfy your every need will we be when it returns.
REMEMBER: Wisdom is ageless, useful generation upon generation no matter how far civilization progresses in advanced technology. The main principles of any successful society is family values, individual virtues, and retaining the principles of what makes a society great and a nation enduring. Thinking that wisdom no longer applies, whether made known 2,000 years before the Common Era (Christ) or 4,000 years after is foolish and dangerous to the success of a society and the retention of its freedom and prosperity.