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First Principles: Virtue Is Not Hereditary

“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” – Thomas Paine (1776)      

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First Principles: Virtue and Morality Are Necessary For Popular Free Government

“Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free Government.”  – George Washington (1796)        

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First Principles: The Happiness and Dignity of Mankind Consists In Virtue

“[T]he happiness of man, as well as his dignity, consists in virtue.” – John Adams (1776)    

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First Principles: The Virtue of the People Is Our Best Security

“We may look up to armies for defense, but virtue is our best security. It is not possible that any state should long remain free, where virtue is not supremely honored.” – Samuel Adams, Letter to Joseph Warren, 1775   … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Is An Indissoluble Union Between Virtue and Happiness

“There 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

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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

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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)      

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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

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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)        

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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

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