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They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society. They reared the fabrics of governments which have no model on the face of the globe. They formed the design of a great Confederacy, which it is incumbent on their successors to improve and perpetuate.

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James Madison: Federalist No. 14, November 30, 1787

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Thomas

While I wish to have every thing good in it's kind, and handsome in stile, I am a great enemy to waste and useless extra expense, and see them with real pain.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Joseph Rabin, August 14, 1801
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Thomas

He who is the author of a war, lets loose the whole contagion of hell, and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.

Thomas Paine: The Crisis No. V, 1797
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James

Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes and the opportunities of fraud growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could reserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

James Madison: Political Observations, April 20, 1795
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Alexander

Civil liberty is only natural liberty, modified and secured by the sanctions of civil society. It is not a thing, in its own nature, precarious and dependent on human will and caprice, but it is conformable to the constitution of man, as well as necessary to the well-being of society.

Alexander Hamilton: The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775
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Thomas

History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to John Norvell, June 14, 1807
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Thomas

The genuine and simple religion of Jesus will one day be restored: such as it was preached and practiced by himself. Very soon after his death it became muffled up in mysteries, and has been ever since kept in concealment from the vulgar eye. To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to François Adriaan Van der Kemp, July 9, 1820
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Benjamin

Ignorance leads Men into a Party, and Shame keeps them from getting out again.

Benjamin Franklin: Poor Richard's Almanack, 1753
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Thomas

You have too much at stake to hesitate. You ought not to think an hour upon the matter, but to spring to action at once...Now our time and turn is come, and perhaps the finishing stroke is reserved for us. When we look back on the dangers we have been saved from, and reflect on the success we have been blessed with, it would be sinful either to be idle or to despair.

Thomas Paine: The Crisis No. IV, Sept. 12, 1777
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Thomas

I can assure you, that the possession of it is what (next to an honest heart) will above all things render you dear to your friends, and give you fame and promotion in your own country. When your mind shall be well improved with science, nothing will be necessary to place you in the highest points of view but to pursue the interests of your country, the interests of your friends, and your own interests also with the purest integrity, the most chaste honour.

Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785
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George

But if your spirit should revolt at this; if you have sense enough to discover, and spirit enough to oppose tyranny, under whatever garb it may assume; whether it be the plain coat of republicanism, or the splendid robe of royalty; if you have yet learned to discriminate between a people and a cause, between men and principles — awake! — attend to your situation, and redress yourselves. If the present moment be lost, every future effort is in vain; and your threats then will be as empty as your entreaties now.

George Washington: The Newburgh Address, March 15, 1783
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