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First Principles: In the Supposed State of Nature, All Men Are Equally Bound By the Laws of Nature, Or to Speak More Properly, the Laws of the Creator

“In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator.” – Samuel Adams

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First Principles: The Right To Freedom Being the Gift of God Almighty, It Is Not In the Power of Man to Alienate This Gift, and Voluntarily Become A Slave

“The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave.” – Samuel Adams (1772)

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First Principles: Let Each Citizen Remember At the Moment He Is Offering His Vote That He Is …Executing One of the Most Solemn Trusts In Human Society

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he … Continue reading

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First Principles: Let Each Citizen Remember At the Moment He Is Offering His Vote That…He Is Executing One of the Most Solemn Trusts In Human Society

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he … Continue reading

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First Principles: Nothing Is More Essential To the Establishment of Manners In A State Than All Persons Employed In Places of Power and Trust Must Be Men of Unexceptionable Characters

“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.” – Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775

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First Principles: No People Will Tamely Surrender Their Liberties, Nor Can Any Be Easily Subdued, When Knowledge is Diffused and Virtue Is Preserved

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Liberties of Our Country, the Freedom of Our Civil Constitution, Are Worth Defending Against All Hazards. And It Is Our Duty To Defend Them

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.” – Samuel Adams, Essay, written under the pseudonym “Candidus,” in The Boston … Continue reading

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First Principles: Among the Natural Rights of the Colonists Are These: First, A Right To Life, Secondly to Liberty, and Thirdly To Property; Together With the Right To Defend Them In the Best Manner They Can

“Among the Natural Rights of the Colonists Are These: First, A Right To Life, Secondly to Liberty, and Thirdly To Property; Together With the Right To Defend Them In the Best Manner They Can.” – Samuel Adams

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First Principles: The Right To Freedom Being the Gift of God Almighty, It Is Not the Power of Man To Alienate This Gift

“If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the … Continue reading

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First Principles: So Great Is the Wickedness of Some Men, and the Stupid Servility of Others, That One Would Be Almost Inclined To Conclude That Communities Cannot Be Free

“So great is the wickedness of some men, and the stupid servility of others, that one would be almost inclined to conclude that communities cannot be free.” – Samuel Adams (1787)

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