Quoting the Founding Fathers

Some people quote the Founding Fathers as if they were quoting the Bible.  There were differences in viewpoint between the Founding Fathers, but you can get a sense of the intention they had in founding the Republic, and the values they desired our nation to show.  Some today believe those values outdated, while others wish to see them restored.

The value in any quote is that it speaks to you personally.  With that said, here are ten Founding Fathers quotes that speak to us today.

“When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.” –Thomas Jefferson

“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” –Ben Franklin

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.” –George Washington

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” -Thomas Jefferson

“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” –Alexander Hamilton

“Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honor, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions.” -John Adams

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” -George Washington

“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 prevent homicides from an unarmed man, may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”  –Thomas Paine

“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”  -Samuel Adams

“But ambitious encroachments of the federal government, on the authority of the State governments, would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only. They would be signals of general alarm… But what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity.” –James Madison