Tag Archives: Virtue

First Principles: As the President Bears No Resemblance To A King So the Senate Has No Similarity To Nobles

“As our president bears no resemblance to a king so we shall see the Senate has no similitude to nobles. First, not being hereditary, their collective knowledge, wisdom, and virtue are not precarious. For by these qualities alone are they … Continue reading

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First Principles: Christianity Is the Religion of Wisdom, Virtue, Equity and Humanity

“The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity.” – John Adams      

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First Principles: No People Will Tamely Surrender Their Liberties Or 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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Thought For the Day: A Cardinal Truth About the Human Condition Is That Evil Often Leaves Virtue With Few Good Options

“The longer I live, the more I understand a cardinal truth about the human condition — evil often leaves virtue with few good options.” – David French      

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First Principles: Dependence Begets Subservience and Venality

“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: 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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Thought For Today: There Can Be No Public Or Private Virtue Unless the Foundation of Action Is the Practice of Truth

“There can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth.” – George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906) I disagree with most of what this man stood for without some compromise of his root beliefs … Continue reading

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First Principles: Practice Virtue In Yourself and Encourage It In Others

“Righteousness alone can exalt [America] as a nation. Reader! Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others… [T]he great pillars of all government and of social life: I mean virtue, morality, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Republics Are Created By the Virtue, Public Spirit and Intelligence of the Citizens

“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, … Continue reading

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First Principles: When Planning For Posterity, Remember That 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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