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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 pretence, raised in the United States.
— An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787
— 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.
— On the Education of Youth in America, 1788
— Noah Webster
In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character....
— Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education, 1789
— Noah Webster
In the formation of our constitution the wisdom of all ages is collected--the legislators are antiquity are consulted, as well as the opinions and interests of the millions who are concerned. It short, it is an empire of reason.
— An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787
— Noah Webster
It is an object of vast magnitude that systems of education should be adopted and pursued which may not only diffuse a knowledge of the sciences but may implant in the minds of the American youth the principles of virtue and of liberty and inspire them with just and liberal ideas of government and with an inviolable attachment to their own country.
—  On the Education of Youth in America
— Noah Webster
The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.
— On the Education of Youth in America, 1788
— Noah Webster

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