While you’ve likely heard many of the powerful statements from our nation’s founders, there’s also a lot more you probably don’t know.

“America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 14, 1787

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” – Samuel Adams, Essay in the Public Advertiser, 1749

“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves. They include all men capable of bearing arms. To preserve liberty is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms and be taught alike how to use them.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.” – Samuel Adams, Essay in the Boston Gazette, 1771

“The jury has a right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.” – John Jay, Georgia v. Brailsford, 3 U.S. 1 (1794)

“The very definition of tyranny is when all powers are gathered under one place.” – James Madison, The Federalist No. 47

“I consider knowledge to be the soul of a republic, and as the weak and wicked are generally in alliance, as much care should be taken to diminish the number of the former as of that latter. Education is the way to do this, and nothing should be left undone to afford all ranks of people that means of obtaining a proper degree of it at a cheap and easy rate.” – John Jay, 1785

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” – George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

“Experience is a severe preceptor, but it teachers useful truths, and however harsh, is always honest. Be calm and dispassionate, and listen to what it tells you.” – John Jay, 1788

“It is an old adage that honesty is the best policy. This applies to public as well as private life, to states as well as individuals.” – George Washington, 1785


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