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Colonial Quotes


We've been running our Daily Colonial Quote feature for some time now, and the thought crossed our collective mind that some of these quotes may be of interest to you, Faithful Reader, in some other context than a randomized daily display: perhaps to be included in a report, an essay, presentation, or whatever.

Therefore, we decided to open up our collection of quotes to all, searchable by author or keyword. We hope you find them useful.

--The Colonial Sense Team

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Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.James Madison
Each individual of the society has a right to be protected by it in the enjoyment of his life, liberty, and property, according to standing laws. He is obliged, consequently, to contribute his share to the expense of this protection; and to give his personal service, or an equivalent, when necessary. But no part of the property of any individual can, with justice, be taken from him, or applied to public uses, without his own consent, or that of the representative body of the people. In fine, the people of this commonwealth are not controllable by any other laws than those to which their constitutional representative body have given their consent.
- Thoughts on Government, 1776
John Adams
Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a Federal, and not a National constitution.
- Federalist No. 39, January 1788
James Madison
Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.Benjamin Franklin
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Advice to a Young Tradesman, 1748
Benjamin Franklin
Easy reading is damn hard writing.Nathaniel Hawthorne
Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.Benjamin Franklin
Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.Thomas Jefferson
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.Benjamin Franklin
Elevate those guns a little lower.Andrew Jackson
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.Benjamin Franklin
Energy and persistence conquer all things.Benjamin Franklin
Energy in government is essential to that security against external and internal danger and to that prompt and salutary execution of the laws which enter into the very definition of good government. Stability in government is essential to national character and to the advantages annexed to it, as well as to that repose and confidence in the minds of the people, which are among the chief blessings of civil society.
- Federalist No. 37, January 11, 1788
James Madison
Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the protection of property against those irregular and high-handed combinations which sometimes interrupt the ordinary course of justice; to the security of liberty against the enterprises and assaults of ambition, of faction, and of anarchy.
- Federalist No. 69, March 14, 1788
Alexander Hamilton
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
- Letter to Dupont de Nemours, April 24, 1816
Thomas Jefferson
Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.
- Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787
James Madison
Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.
- First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
Thomas Jefferson
Equal laws protecting equal rights — the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country.
- Letter to Jacob de la Motta, August 1820
James Madison
Error is discipline through which we advance.William Ellery
Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.Thomas Jefferson

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