Founding Fathers on Freedom, Liberty and American Exceptionalism

Don't Tread On Me - Gadsden flagOur Founding Fathers risked everything they had to create a new nation, the United States of America. Had the American Revolution failed, each of them would have faced execution – and the loss of all their property, which would have condemned their wives and children to a life of poverty. It was a remarkable gamble, because most of the Founding Fathers were already wealthy, successful men. They didn’t rebel against England for personal enrichment; they rebelled because they truly believed that the loss of freedom was worse than death.

There are lots of “freedom quotes” on the Internet from all kinds of world leaders, philosophers and theologians, but we firmly believe the freedom quotes from our Founding Fathers are infinitely more powerful – because they succeeded in removing the shackles of tyranny. And all along the way, Liberty’s lantern was their guiding light.

For further inspiration, please read some of the best quotes from our Founding Fathers on liberty, freedom, morality, democracy, Constitutional law, and American Exceptionalism:

“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it.”
-John Adams

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms.”
-Samuel Adams

Benjamin Franklin“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
-Nathan Hale

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”
-Alexander Hamilton

“It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.”
Patrick Henry

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”
-Thomas Jefferson

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.”
James Madison

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

“Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interests of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.”
-George Mason

“It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”
-Thomas Paine

“Those people who will not be ruled by God will be ruled by tyrants.”
-William Penn

George Washington“If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
-George Washington

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.”
-George Washington

“The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon.”
-George Washington

“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, because if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”
-Daniel Webster

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.”
-Noah Webster

To learn more about freedom, liberty, our Constitution and our Founding Fathers, please watch “In Search of Liberty” – an unforgettable, family-friendly educational movie about the American adventure!


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