Category Archives: First Principles

First Principles: Let Your Actions Inspire Others To Dream More, Learn More, Do More and You Are A Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams      

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First Principles: Nothing Stops the Man With the Right Mental Attitude; Nothing Helps the Man Who Does Not

“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.”  – Thomas Jefferson      

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First Principle: Laws That Forbid Bearing of Arms Serve To Encourage Not Prevent Homicides

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms… serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – Cesare Beccaria    

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First Principles: It Is Not From Benevolence But Self Interest That We Get Our Dinner From the Butcher, Brewer and Baker

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.” – Adam Smith    

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First Principles: Religious Wars Are Not Started Over There Being More Than One Belief System But By Intolerance and Eclipse of Reason

“Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance… the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.” – Baron de Montesquieu  

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First Principles: When Legislators Take and Destroy the Property of the People or Reduce the People To Slavery, the People Are Absolved From Further Obedience

“Whenever legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Freely Examine Public Persons and Measures and Freely Communicate Is the Only Effectual Guardian of Every Other Right

“The right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon … has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right.”– James Madison (1798)    

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First Principles: Like A City On A Hill, the Eyes of All People Are On America

“For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. Soe that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Liberty Depends On Our Education, Law and Habits and Is Founded On Morality and Religion

“Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits . . . it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs … Continue reading

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First Principles: Sad Will Be the Day When Americans Forget Their Traditions and Their History

“Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and so longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes … Continue reading

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