1. “Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.”- Lady Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister
2. “Others!” – Salvation Army founder, Gen. William Booth.
3. “Let your conversation be without malice or envy, for it is a sign of a tractable and commendable nature; and in all cases of passion admit reason to govern.” – No. 58 in George Washington’s Rules of Civility
4. “I never had a feeling, politically, that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence… which gave liberty not alone to the people of this country, but hope to all the world, for all future time.”- Abraham Lincoln, just before becoming President.
5. “Speak not injurious words, neither in jest nor earnest. Scoff at none though they give occasion.” – No. 70 in George Washington’s Rules of Civility
6. “Every action done in company ought to be done with some sign of respect to those that are present.” – No. 1 in George Washington’s Rules of Civility
7. “Every government is perpetually degenerating towards corruption, from which it must be rescued at certain periods by the resuscitation of its first principles, and the re-establishment of its original constitution.”- Samuel Johnson in 1751 (Rambler, No. 156).
8. “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine, The Crisis, Christmas 1776
9. “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.” – Alexander Tytler, British historian
10. “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” – John Adams to his wife, Abigail, on the first Independence Day
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