Favorite Quotes from a Few Founding Fathers

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

Our Founding Fathers knew a thing or two about turning a phrase. Here are a few more wonderfully-worded quotes from some of the signers of the Declaration of Independence:

“Power always thinks… that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.” John Adams
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin
“I sincerely believe… that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.” Thomas Jefferson
“I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.” Benjamin Harrison
“The important consequences to the American States from this Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation of a future government, naturally suggest the propriety of proclaiming it in such a manner as that the people may be universally informed of it.” John Hancock
“Mirth, and even cheerfulness, when employed as remedies in low spirits, are like hot water to a frozen limb.” Benjamin Rush
“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” Samuel Adams

SOURCES/CREDITS: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html


Michele Poague is an author, activist and business manager . MORE



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