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  • A people... who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.

    People   Banking   May  
    George Washington, John Clement Fitzpatrick, David Maydole Matteson (1784). “The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799”, p.473
  • Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.

  • Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.

    James C. Humes, Benjamin Franklin (1995). “The wit and wisdom of Benjamin Franklin: a treasury of more than 900 quotations and anecdotes”, Harpercollins
  • All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should.

    Samuel Adams (1906). “The Writings of Samuel Adams: 1770-1773”
  • Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

    Men   Gun   Law  
  • Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day (the 4th of July)? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior?.

    John Quincy Adams; Speech on Independence Day in Newburyport, Massachusetts, July 4, 1837.
  • The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.

    Thomas Jefferson (1984). “Jefferson: Writings”, p.1970, Library of America
  • But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?

    John Adams, Charles Francis Adams (1856). “The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: With a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations”, p.235
  • We will not be led like sheep to the slaughter.

    "Freedom fighters" by Andrew Pulver, February 23, 2001.
  • Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, creator of the Universe. That he governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render him is doing good to his other children. That the soul of Man is immortal, and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this.

    Children   Believe   Men  
    Benjamin Franklin (1905). “The Life of Benjamin Franklin: Written by Himself. Now First Edited from Original Manuscripts and from His Printed Correspondence and Other Writings”
  • The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity

    John Adams, Charles Francis Adams (1856). “The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: With a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations”, p.45
  • Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have remover their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.

    Notes on the State of Virginia, query 18 (1781 - 1785)
  • The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.

    Bible   God   Religious  
  • If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom - go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!

    Love   Peace   Freedom  
    Samuel Adams' Speech delivered at the State House in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, August 1, 1776.
  • Arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order.

    Gun   Order   Law  
    Thomas Paine (2014). “Selected Writings of Thomas Paine”, p.4, Yale University Press
  • I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing.

    Thomas Jefferson (1829). “Memoir, correspondence, and miscellanies from the papers of T. Jefferson”, p.404
  • If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash.

    Country   Paper   Body  
  • The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.

    "Fictional character: John Adams". "Spirit", Book by William Edelen, 1989.
  • I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.

    God   Country   War  
    Notes on the State of Virginia, query 18 (1781 - 1785)
  • No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever.

    Religious   Father   Men  
    Thomas Jefferson, Richard Holland Johnston, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association of the United States “The Writings of Thomas Jefferson”
  • It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet that the one is not three, and the three are not one.

    Religious   Believe   Men  
    Thomas Jefferson (1829). “Memoirs, Correspondence and Private Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Late President of the United States”, p.209
  • To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father's has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association-the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.

    Thomas Jefferson (1900). “The Life and Writings of ...”
  • All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

    Thomas Paine (1821). “The Theological Works of Thomas Paine”, p.2
  • We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people... it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

  • Ecclesiastical establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption

    James Madison, David B. Mattern (1997). “James Madison's "Advice to My Country"”, p.90, University of Virginia Press
  • The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

    Thomas Paine (1817). “The Political Works of Thomas Paine: In Two Volumes”
  • The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.

    Fate   Army   Conquer  
    1776 General orders, 2 Jul. Quoted in J C Fitzpatrick (ed) Writings of George Washington (1932), vol.5.
  • Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.

    Thomas Jefferson (2010). “The Works of Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia II, Correspondence 1782-1786”, p.80, Cosimo, Inc.
  • Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution of your country and the government established under it. Leave evils which exist in some parts of the country, but which are beyond your control, to the all-wise direction of an over-ruling Providence. Perform those duties which are present, plain and positive. Respect the laws of your country.

    Letter to Dr. William B. Gooch of West Dennis, Massachusetts, in 1851. The Bay State Monthly, 1898.
  • July 4th ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion.

    Letter to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776
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