Tag Archives: Virtue

First Principles: There Is A Direct Correlation Between Doing Good and Receiving Good

“[T]here exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity.” – … Continue reading

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

Thought For the Day: In Science, Skepticism Is A Virtue

“Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.” – Robert King Merton, sociologist (4 Jul 1910-2003)      

Posted in Thought For the Day | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Principles: Universal Ignorance and Lack of Virtue Will Sink This Nation Faster Than Any Foreign Invader

“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

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

First Principles: Without Virtue We Cannot Secure Our Nation

“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure.” – James Madison (1778)        

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

First Principles: Without A Foundation In Religion, Education Offers No Lessons In Virtue and Essential Liberty

“[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all … Continue reading

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

First Principles: Be Aware of the Jealousies That Too Often Frame the Depiction of Political Adversaries

“Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be, that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than … Continue reading

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

First Principles: Patriotism Is As Much A Virtue As Justice

“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” – Benjamin Rush (1773)      

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

First Principles: The Aim of Constitutions Is To Obtain Leaders Who Pursue the Common Good of Society

“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society.” – James Madison (1788)     … Continue reading

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

First Principles: Democracy Degenerates Into Anarchy Without Subordination to Morality

“Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these … Continue reading

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

Thought For the Day: All Great People Eradicate Hypocrisy From Their Hearts

“The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere. They eradicate hypocrisy from their hearts.”  – Anatole France            

Posted in Thought For the Day | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment