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More quotes of the Founding Fathers

Updated on December 20, 2013

Founding Fathers quotes

More quotes of the Founding Fathers

Lately I have been on a United States history kick. More precisely the founding of the country. Upon doing research, I have found many interesting quotes. Most of these quotes indicate how far away the U.S. has drifted from the ideas of the Founding Fathers.

Here are some quotes:

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."-Thomas Jefferson

"History will also afford frequent opportunities of showing the necessity of a public religion ... and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern." - Benjamin Franklin "The Works of Benjamin Franklin", Jared Sparks, editor, (Boston: Tappan, Whittemore and Mason, 1840), Vol. X, p. 297, to Messrs. The Abbes Chalut and Arnaud on April 17, 1787

".. Religion ... [is] the basis and foundation of government ... before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe".-James Madison

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God".-James Madison (attributed)

"Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty but it is religion and morality alone that can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand."-John Adams

"But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."-John Adams

As I have read these quotes and many others, it appears to me that the United States has drifted from a country with the intent of having a small federal government based on the Ten Commandments to a large federal government that prohibits the Ten Commandments being posted in government buildings and being taught in public schools.

Note: All quotes except the Ben Franklin quotes were gotten at:

The Ben Franklin quote was gotten at:


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      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      John Adams seems more the pessimist maybe with good reason.

      I disagree with John Adams comment concerning religion and morality.A person can be moral without being tied permamantly to a particular religion.Religion has had a good as well as bad influence on people.I suppose the definition of morality has changed as well,so I may be a little harsh in judging his statement since they tolerated slavery for some time even though they may not have agreed with it.Time is a great teacher as long as the student isn't stuck in a time warp.

      Jesus never advocated any religion .Why should I?

      Not that religion at times has not helped mankind in many ways.It's more those who created religion out for their own personal selfish reasons.Reasons that have more to do with personal power than the good of the people that is the problem with religion.The next step in morality is to be a morally upright people without the need for a formal religion to uphold our beliefs.we should be so inspired by it's precepts that we are ingrained with the wisdom and knowledge that it conveys through our fathers and their fathers personal beliefs will naturally ingrain themselves in their children.If a religion can be maintained without someone using it to control men then that is the kind of religion I would endorse.One that is self sustaining,by virtue of it's very nature alone.

      A book on the precepts with explanations seems reasonable as long as the book is not changed by someone for personal gain.