Tag Archives: Virtue

First Principles: A Good Moral Character Is the First Essential In All Mankind

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should … Continue reading

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First Principles: Dependence Begets Subservience In the Design of Ambition

“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”  – Thomas Jefferson (1781)      

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First Principles: Use Your Time Wisely, Always Do Something Useful

“Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.” – Benjamin Franklin This is not so much the ending of one year, as the beginning of the rest of your life.  It is the time … Continue reading

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First Principles: The General Principles Behind the Founding of Our Republic Are Christian Principles

“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and … Continue reading

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First Principles: Meditate On Those Things That Are Noble, Just, Pure, Lovely, Good Report, Virtue and Praiseworthy

“Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — … Continue reading

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First Principles: Government Is Made Safe Through the Virtue of the People

“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. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Should Do All We Can To Elevate Our Children’s Minds and Character

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and … Continue reading

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First Principles: Contemplate On What Is Right and Good

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Duty, Honor, Country, Service and Sacrifice Are the Hallmarks of Veterans

“My estimate of him was formed on the battlefields many, many years ago, and has never changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the world’s noblest figures; not only as one of the finest … Continue reading

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First Principles: Love of Truth and Veneration of Virtue Are the Sparks of Discernment of Right and Wrong and True and False

“A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the ‘latent spark’… If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what … Continue reading

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