Category Archives: Character

With Firmness in the Right as God Gives Us to See the Right

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” — Abraham Lincoln, from his Second Inaugural Address, Saturday, March 4, 1865

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Moderation in Principle is a Species of Vice…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle, is a species of vice.” — Thomas Paine, Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation, 1792

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These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” — Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No 1, 1776

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Let Us Become a Virtuous People…

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

“He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man… The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people.” — Samuel Adams

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The Most Perfect Freedom Consists in Obeying the Dictates of Right Reason and Submitting to Natural Law

Samuel West

Samuel West

“The most perfect freedom consists in obeying the dictates of right reason, and submitting to Natural Law. When a man goes beyond or contrary to the Law of Nature and reason, he becomes the slave of base passions and vile lusts; he introduces confusion and disorder into society, and brings misery and destruction upon himself. This, therefore, cannot be called a state of freedom, but a state of the vilest slavery and the most dreadful bondage.” — Samuel West (1776). A Patriot Pastor and a Chaplain in the Continental Army, the Reverend Samuel West  (March 3, 1730-September 24, 1807) was a graduate of Harvard College, a member of the committee to frame the Constitution of Massachusetts, and a member of the ratifying Convention to adopt the U.S. Constitution.

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No Knowledgeable and Virtuous People will Tamely Surrender Their Liberties…

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

“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 weight without the aid of foreign invaders.” — Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775

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We Are Running the Next Generation into Debt…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure anything which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight.” — Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

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