Category Archives: Education & Learning

Knowledge Will Forever Govern Ignorance

James Madison

James Madison

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” — James Madison, letter to W.T. Barry, 1822

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Preventing the Perversion of Power into Tyranny

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny] are to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that … they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.” — Thomas Jefferson, A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, 1779

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Every Child in America Should Be Acquainted with His Own Country…

Noah Webster

“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country”. ― Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788

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“Republics are Created by the Virtue, Public Spirit and Intelligence of the Citizens…”

Joseph Story

“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, in order to betray them.” – Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

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The Only Foundation for a Useful Education in a Republic is to Be Laid in Religion…

Dr. Benjamin Rush

“The 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 republican governments.”  – Benjamin Rush, 1806, (January 4, 1746 – April 19, 1813) was a Founding Father of the United States. Rush lived in the state of Pennsylvania and was a physician, writer, educator, humanitarian and a Christian Universalist, as well as the founder of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Freedom Is Lost Gradually

Thomas Jefferson

“Freedom is lost gradually from an uninterested, uninformed, and uninvolved people.” – Thomas Jefferson

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