• “That no free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” ~George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights, Section XV [1776]
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  • “An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.” ~James Madison (1788)
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  • “Resolved, that the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government . . . whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” ~Thomas Jefferson, Draft Kentucky Resolutions/ [1798]
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  • “In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.” ~George Washington (1796)
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  • “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” ~Benjamin Franklin (1789)
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  • “Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy; such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.” ~John Adams, An Essay on Man’s Lust for Power (1763)
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  • “One should never trouble about getting a better job. But one should do one’s present job in such a manner as to qualify for a better job when it comes along.” ~Calvin Coolidge, An American Enigma
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  • “Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy; such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.” ~John Adams, An Essay on Man’s Lust for Power (1763)
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  • “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” ~James Madison, speech in the House of Representatives, January 10, 1794
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  • “If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws — the first growing out of the last… A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.” ~Alexander Hamilton (1794)
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