Remain Virtuous and Morally Strong

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I have been recently reading a book called “The Five Thousand Year Leap” by W. Cleon Skousen. And in the front of the book, we are encouraged to share what we learn with other people, so I am going to share a little bit from the book. The book talks about 28 Principles. I want to talk about the 2nd principle in this post. The 2nd Principle is “A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.” This section has a number of quotes from the founding fathers. I wish to share those quotes.

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need for matters” – Benjamin Franklin.

“a spirit of liberty and patriotism animates all degrees and denominations of men” – James Madison

“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is chimerical [imaginary] idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men; so that we do not depend upon their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.” – James Madison

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens… Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for live, in the sense of religious obligations desert and oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education … reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” – George Washington

“I think with you , that nothing is more important for the public weal, than to form and train up youth in wisdom and virtue. Wise and good men are in my opinion, the strength of the state; more so than riches or arms…” – Benjamin Franklin

“I think also, that general virtue is more probably to be expected and obtained from the education of youth, than from exhortations of adult persons; bad habits and vices of the mind being, like diseases of the body, more easily prevented than cured. I think moreover, that talents for the education of youth are the gift of God; and that he on whom they are bestowed, whenever a way is opened for use of them, is as strongly called as if he heard a voice from heaven….” – Benjamin Franklin

“I thank God that I have lived to see my country independent and free. She may long enjoy her independence and freedom if she will. It depends on her virtue.” – Samuel Adams

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

“The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy the gift of Heave, let us become a virtuous people; then shall we both deserve to enjoy it. While, on the other hand, if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, through the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves.” – Samuel Adams

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