16 Quotes from the Founding Fathers

In the late 18th century, the Founding Fathers came together with seemingly impossible ideas to achieve a goal that many thought would never be reached. However, through their persistence and their dedication, a new democratic country – the likes of which the world had yet to see – was formed.

As many people begin to plan the long weekend that usually results from President’s Day, it’s important to consider the work of these men and their dedication to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Famous George Washington Quotes


“‘Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent Alliances, with any portion of the foreign world.”

“All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity.”

“Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”

Notable John Adams Quotes


“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.”

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

“But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations… This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.”

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Memorable Words of Alexander Hamilton

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“A government ought to contain in itself every power requisite to the full accomplishment of the objects committed to its care, and to the complete execution of the trusts for which it is responsible, free from every other control but a regard to the public good and to the sense of the people.”

“I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man.”

“The injury which may possibly be done by defeating a few good laws, will be amply compensated by the advantage of preventing a number of bad ones.”

Remarkable Quotes from Thomas Jefferson

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“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”

“Although a Republican government is slow to move, yet when once in motion, its momentum becomes irresistible.”

Infamous Words of Benjamin Franklin

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“It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights.”

“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

“The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy.”

These are just a few of the words from which the foundation of the country is based on. Over the course of time, a great many men and women added wise words of wisdom that allows the United States to grow into a stronger, more unified nation.

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