- Religion and Philosophy»
- The Role of Religion in History & Society
Top 25 Founding Fathers Freedom Quotes
I thought it would be fitting in this time of contention and hate to bring back some of my favorite inspirational quotes from five of our founding fathers. I, of course, love my nation, but I think we need to take a step back and look at the big picture instead of killing each other because of our opinions. I think that times when the founding fathers shared these wise words were just as bad as the times we live in now. The only difference is, it seems like there are a lot less "great" men like these brave, honest people. There is a reason that these people have been remembered throughout history, and I think that it is only fitting to keep on remembering them through a few short phrases they uttered that will have a lifetime effect on this great country we live in. Hope you enjoy a few words from a lot of really old, very wise men. I know that I will. I will probably update with more in future hubs. If you have any suggestions, my email is email@example.com. I will take suggestions as well as constructive criticism. Thanks.
George Washington is, of course, my first pick for inspirational and patriotic quotes. He was our first president and the reason that tyranny ended after the Revolutionary War. He could have very easily become "King of the New World" if he had wanted to, but President Washington made the right choice to give America Democracy instead of a dictatorship. Here are the top five quotes for President George Washington:
- "It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."
- "Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company."
- "If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
- "Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
- "The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon."
(Quotes provided by brainyquote.com)
One of the wittiest, smartest human beings to ever try to form a free country is Benjamin Franklin. His humor and his influence lives on through history in his many memorable quotes. If I wanted to, I could come up with 100 quotes for this man and not even scratch the surface of the great things that he said. Here are his five most memorable quotes:
- "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
- "The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."
- "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
- "A penny saved is a penny earned."
(Quotes provided by brainyquote.com)
Another great president and visionary is Thomas Jefferson. He was wise beyond his days just as the other four men I chose were. He actually said one of my favorite quotes of all time. I will save that one for his last:
- "Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it."
- "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."
- "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
- "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."
- “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
(Quotes provided by all-famous-quotes.com)
A few more quotes that I find hit close to home with my personal religious and political beliefs come from James Madison. My government teacher introduced me to a few of them in high school:
- "A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country."
- "If men were angels, no government would be necessary."
- "Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other."
- "The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
- "We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties."
(Quotes provided by consitution.org)
John Quincy Adams
Quotes from John Adams seem like instruction you would get from your stern grandfather. I especially like the fifth quote from him because it reminds us of the sacrifices and misfortunes of the people who have defended our freedom in the past. Sacrifices we often forget in everyday life. Events that if they had never happened, my freedom to write to you right now would be nonexistent. Enjoy the last five quotes of my article and remember what he says in the last one:
- "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
- "America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy."
- "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
- "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
- "Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
(Quotes provided by brainyquote,com)
What Founding Father Would You Aspire To Be Like
I appreciate your time and patience reading 25 of my favorite quotes from my five favorite founding fathers. These men did great things for America and I think we should all aspire to be a little like them. As an answer to the poll I posted above, I would most want to be like President George Washington. He was an honest, humble, leader who wouldn't take no for an answer and led this great country to the most difficult victory of all; breaking away from slavery and dictatorship and starting a new Democracy. I would like to thank all the soldiers who are fighting and have fought to keep this country great. I would especially like to thank my beautiful wife, and dedicate this article to her for her awesome service in the North Carolina National Guard.
If you have any topics you would want me to write about, or you have any questions about any of my hubs, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for reading.
I think it is also fitting to post my charitable website that will be used to help veterans in North Carolina and the surrounding areas. I am trying to raise money to help out as many veterans as possible, though I don't get much traffic to the site. If you know of any way that you can help me out, even if it isn't with monetary donations, I would greatly appreciate the help. The link to the site is:
Unfortunately I had to shut down the website. I will be trying to bring it back later! Sorry!
God bless everyone and God bless again those who help. As a veteran, I appreciate every person who helps out a fellow soldier. Thanks once again for your time and for reading my hub.