Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.
Philosophic argument, especially that drawn from the vastness of the
universe, in comparison with the apparent insignificance of this globe, has
sometimes shaken my reason for the faith that is in me; but my heart has
always assured and reassured me that the gospel of Jesus Christ must be
Divine Reality. The Sermon on the Mount cannot be a mere human production.
This belief enters into the very depth of my conscience. The whole history
of man proves it.
The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and
answerable to the people.
God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard
it and defend it.
Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
~ George Washington ~
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried
before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow
growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it
is entitled to the appellation.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving the
~ Andrew Jackson ~
The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country,
than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger.
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its
abuses.If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does
its rains,shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the
poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.
One man with courage makes a majority.
~ Patrick Henry ~
Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace-but there is no peace. The war is actually
begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the
clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand
we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? 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!
That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of
discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force
or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise
of religion, according to the dictates of the conscience; and it is the
mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity
towards each other.
~ Thomas Jefferson ~
When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for
hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but
fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out
in life, it is their only capital.
We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created
equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights
inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice
cannot sleep forever.
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one