April 5

political quotes

  • I swear upon the altar of God, eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
     - Thomas Jefferson
  • We may breathe for a time under the blighting shadow of a splendid, national, consolidated government; but, sir, it will be to us and our posterity the calm of despotism. Virginia will be Virginia no longer. She may, indeed, retain her place on that map; her rivers may continue to rail to the ocean; and her mountains may lift their eternal summits to the skies; but her spirit will be gone, and she will tamely crouch under the rod of tyrants. When we yield this principle of State Sovereignty, let us strike our proud motto from our arms, for the broken chain and the dagger, her sic semper tyrannis, and all the recollections of her ancient glory, will only remain as sad memorials of her degradation. To live under such a government is not the liberty I desire. I would rather have a crust of bread and a cup of cold water in a wilderness, where I was free, than to tread the halls of palaces, and be a slave.
     - Mr. Gilmer, of Albemarle, Richmond Enquirer, 1833
  • Sic Semper Tyrannis; thus always to tyrants.
     - Great Seal of Virginia
  • Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.
     - John Adams
  • Tyranny like hell is not easily conquered yet we have this consolation with us, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
     - Thomas Paine
  • I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way.
     - John Paul Jones, 1778
  • 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.
     - James Madison, Federalist Paper No. 62
  • There, I guess King George will be able to read that.
     - John Hancock, July 4, 1776
  • I like a little rebellion now and then.
     - Thomas Jefferson, 1787
  • Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.
     - Patrick Henry, 1778

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