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July 4, 2011

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

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

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

Bonus!

This is true patriotism:

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Anita Butler Jul 4, 2019 9:15am

They’re all great quotes. I think my favourite one is #2: “Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security.” Benjamin Franklin

YAW Jul 4, 2013 10:25am

“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

the partial observer Jul 4, 2013 8:57am

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

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