Tag Archives: Public Virtue

First Principles: If Individuals Be Not Influenced By Moral Principles, It Is In Vain To Look For Public Virtue

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles, it is in vain to look for public virtue.” – James Madison (1789)

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: If Individuals Be Not Influenced By Moral Principles, It Is In Vain To Look For Public Virtue

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles, it is in vain to look for public virtue.” – James Madison (1789)

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: Public Virtue Cannot Exist In A Nation Without Private, and Public Virtue Is the Only Foundation of Republics

“Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of … Continue reading

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: If Individuals Be Not Influenced By Moral Principles; It Is In Vain To Look For Public Virtue

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a … Continue reading

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: Public Liberty Will Not Long Survive the Total Extinction of Morals

“The diminution of public virtue is usually attended with that of public happiness, and the public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.” – Samuel Adams    

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: Those Lacking Private Morality Will Lack Public Virtue

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a … Continue reading

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: Virtue Is the Foundation of A Free Constitution

“The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue.” – John Adams (1776) A person seems to keep wanting me to say something more than the founders of our republic said.  The choice posed to me is am I … Continue reading

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: Private Morality Must Precede Public

“If individuals be not influenced by moral principles; it is in vain to look for public virtue; it is, therefore, the duty of legislators to enforce, both by precept and example, the utility, as well as the necessity of a … Continue reading

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: Public Virtue Does Not Exist Without Private Virtue

“Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of … Continue reading

Posted in First Principles | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment