8 Mindful Quotes from 8 Founding Fathers. + Bonus Video.

Via on Jul 4, 2011

A quote from each of the Founding Fathers.

1 ) “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”  ~Thomas Jefferson

2 ) “Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security” ~Benjamin Franklin

3 ) “If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?” ~ John Adams

4 ) “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” ~George Washington

5 ) “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” Patrick Henry

6 ) “In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.” ~James Madison

7 ) “There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” ~Alexander Hamilton

8 ) “Those who own the country ought to govern it.”  ~John Jay

*Bonus Quote: “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. ~Thomas Jefferson

Huge Bonus: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson shared one of the most epic friendships in history. This video does something to communicate the incredible connection these two giants shared. Both died on the 50th anniversary of America’s Independence, July 4th 1826.

The Letters of Adams and Jefferson

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My favorite is the bonus quote… What is your’s? Please share it in the comment section below, and enjoy the Fourth of July!

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14 Responses to “8 Mindful Quotes from 8 Founding Fathers. + Bonus Video.”

  1. Pam says:

    The bonus quote is my favorite, but I'm a big fan of 7) “There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” ~Alexander Hamilton. The two complement each other — once enlightened, we become enthusiastic, then we act – bravely and heroically.

  2. lighthasmass says:

    "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. " -T.Jefferson

    or

    "Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy" B.Franklin

    or, from a founding satirist

    “Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” -Mark Twain

    Sorry, I couldn't resist the Twain quote…

    Embrace the Spirit of Revolution. Happy 4th everyone.

  3. lighthasmass says:

    Prophecy:

    "I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."
    — Thomas Jefferson

    and

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations."
    — Thomas Jefferson

  4. Well, Jefferson and Adams became great pen pals, but only after both had retired from politics. In the immediate aftermath of the ratification of the Constitution, they were at each other’s throats over their differences about how best to govern under the new dispensation. In particular, they fought a nasty battle over the Presidency in 1800, with Jefferson winning.

  5. Tracy K says:

    I also like the bonus quote best but…runner up, #1: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” ~Thomas Jefferson
    This is important in THESE timese!!!

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  10. Howie says:

    “Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security” ~Benjamin Franklin

  11. yogamatt says:

    If the founders were around today, I am pretty sure they wouldn't be too stoked on the new Affordable Care Act.

    I love the quote above in the comments:

    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations."
    — Thomas Jefferson

  12. gertmcqueen says:

    "Facts are stubborn things" John Adams…

  13. the partial observer says:

    re–founding Fathers quotes-'T.Jeffersons #1 quote on your list

  14. YAW says:

    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” Patrick Henry

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