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Thought For the Day: Language Is Not An Abstract Construction of the Learned, Or of Dictionary Makers, But Is Something Arising Out of…Long Generations of Humanity

“Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Virtues of Men Are of More Consequence To Society Than Their Abilities; and For This Reason, the Heart Should Be Cultivated With More Assiduity Than the Head

“The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.” – Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788

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First Principles: The Virtues of Men Are of More Consequence To Society Than Their Abilities; and For This Reason, the Heart Should be Cultivated With More Assiduity Than the Head

“The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.” – Noah Webster (1788)

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First Principles: It Is An Object of Vast Magnitude That Systems of Education Should Be Adopted…Which…May…Diffuse A Knowledge of the Sciences But May Implant…the Principles of Virtue and of Liberty

“It is an object of vast magnitude that systems of education should be adopted and pursued which may not only diffuse a knowledge of the sciences but may implant in the minds of the American youth the principles of virtue … Continue reading

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First Principles: Before A Standing Army Can Rule, the People Must Be Disarmed

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are … Continue reading

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First Principles: Systems of Education Should Be Adopted…Which May Not Only Diffuse A Knowledge of the Sciences But…Implant…the Principles of Virtue and Liberty

“It is an object of vast magnitude that systems of education should be adopted and pursued which may not only diffuse a knowledge of the sciences but may implant in the minds of the American youth the principles of virtue … Continue reading

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First Principles: In Selecting A Candidate For Office, Let Principle Be Your Guide. Regard Not the Particular Sect of Denomination of the Candidate – Look To That Person’s Character

“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.” – Noah Webster (1789)

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First Principles: Every Child In America Should Be Acquainted With His Own Country

“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Moral Principles and Precepts Contained In the Scripture Ought To Form the Basis of All Our Civil Constitutions and Laws

“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scripture ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.” – Noah Webster      

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First Principles: Before A Standing Army Can Rule, The People Must Be Disarmed

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe.” – Noah Webster (1787) Clearly, the intention of the Founders was that the People’s arms capacity should at a minimum … Continue reading

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