Category Archives: First Principles

First Principles: Let Us Tenderly and Kindly Cherish, Therefore, the Means of Knowledge. Let Us Dare To Read, Think, Speak, and Write.

“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”– John Adams

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First Principles: If the Freedom of Speech Is Taken Away Then Dumb and Silent We May Be Led, Like Sheep To the Slaughter

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington

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First Principles: It Is Error Alone Which Needs the Support of Government. Truth Can Stand By Itself.

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” – Thomas Jefferson (1781)

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First Principles: I Think All the World Would Gain By Setting Commerce At Perfect Liberty

“I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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First Principles: Guard With Jealous Attention the Public Liberty. Suspect Everyone Who Approaches That Jewel.

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” – Patrick Henry (1788)

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First Principles: Were It Left To Me To Decide If We Should Have A Government Without Newspapers, Or Newspapers Without A Government, I Should Not Hesitate A Moment To Prefer the Latter

“Were it left to me to decide if we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” – Thomas Jefferson

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First Principles: The Only Foundation For A Useful Education In A Republic Is To Be Laid On the Foundation of Religion…Without This There Can Be No Virtue, and Without Virtue There Is No Liberty

“I proceed … to inquire what mode of education we shall adopt so as to secure to the state all of the advantages that are to be derived from the proper instruction of the youth; and here I beg leave to … Continue reading

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First Principles: America’s Glory Is Not Dominion, But Liberty. Her March Is the March of the Mind.

“[America’s] glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is Freedom, Independence, Peace. This has been her declaration: this has been, … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Will Never Be A Really Free and Enlightened State until the State Comes To Recognize the Individual As A Higher and Independent Power

“There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.” – Henry … Continue reading

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First Principles: What Is Government Itself but the Greatest of All Reflections on Human Nature?

“But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.“– James … Continue reading

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