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Patriotic Quotes
Words of Wisdom from the Founding Fathers
(Compiled in the wake of the 9/11 Attacks)

A True American Patriot Rebels Against Government Tyranny Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none
-Thomas Jefferson 

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. -James Madison

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.   
- James Madison

Fear is the foundation of most governments. 
- John Adams

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.      -George Washington

Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master! -Thomas Jefferson

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds       - Samuel Adams

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse
- James Madison

One man with courage is a majority. 
- Thomas Jefferson

I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution. 
- Thomas Jefferson

The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty   -  John Adams

Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived; but as long as the presses can be protected, we may trust to them for light. 
- Thomas Jefferson

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.   
- Benjamin Franklin

When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.
- Thomas Jefferson

Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty. -Samuel Adams 

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