A Quote by Joseph Fort Newton on anger, citizenship, country, cynicism, debate, good, history, hope, idealism, interest, justice, loyalty, men, personality, personality, principles, service, spirit, and sympathy

In his capacity as an American citizen, each man of our Craft will do what seems to him wise and just and right and to the best interest of his country; but let us hope and pray that no echo of angry debate may be heard in any Lodge of Masons . . . lest we injure what is priceless. . . . By the same token, the men who stand out in our history, to whom we pay the highest homage, are the men of personality, principle and ideals, who, combining sympathy and good will with unbending loyalty to great truths, defied the cynical spirit and wrought disinterestedly for the common good. By as much as Masonry creates such men and endows them with moral ideals, by so much does it render its highest service to the country and the Craft.

Joseph Fort Newton (1878 - 1950)

Source: The Philalethes, August 1999, published byThe Philalethes Society

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A Quote by Dr. Joost A. M. Meerloo, MD on citizenship, country, eternity, order, people, politics, problems, rest, suspicion, tears, trust, and weakness

Political demagoguery is, to some extent, a problem in our country. The particular form this demagoguery takes is only a passing phase, and when our current dragons and inner phantoms have been laid to rest, the eternal demagogue will arise anew. He will accuse others of conspiracy in order to prove his own importance. He will try to intimidate those who are neither so iron-fisted nor so hotheaded as he, and temporarily he will drag some people into the web of his delusions. Perhaps he will even wear a mantle of martyrdom to arouse the tears of the weak-hearted. With his emotionalism and suspicion, he will shatter the trust of citizens in one another.

Joost Meerloo

Source: The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing

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A Quote by John Quincy Adams on children, citizenship, confidence, country, hope, and society

So great is my veneration for the Bible, that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hopes that they will prove useful citizens to their country and respectable members of society.

John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)

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A Quote by John Maynard, Baron Keynes of Tilton on citizenship, destruction, government, inflation, and wealth

Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. . . . Lenin was certainly right.

John Maynard (1883 - 1946)

Source: Essay in Persuasion, 1931

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on america, blessings, citizenship, conscience, deed, earth, freedom, god, good, history, judgment, love, reward, work, and world

My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

Source: [see Cicero, 1st century BC]

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A Quote by John Adams on christianity, citizenship, good, and men

This oration will be read five hundred years hence with as much rapture as it was heard. It ought to be read at the end of every century, and indeed at the end of every year, forever and ever. (Regarding: Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.)

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Speech at Plymouth, Dec. 22, 1820.

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A Quote by John Adams on citizenship, constitution, defense, direction, discretion, government, individuality, laws, liberty, military, privacy, and support

To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States 475 (1787-1788)

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A Quote by John Adams on citizenship, defense, discretion, individuality, and privacy

Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used at individual discretion . . . in private self-defense.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787

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A Quote by John Abernethy on citizenship, day, indolence, luxury, and questions

Pray, Mr. Abernethy, what is a cure for gout? ' was the question of an indolent and luxurious citizen. 'Live upon sixpence a day - and earn it,' was the cogent reply.

John Abernethy (1764 - 1831)

Source: Medical Portrait Gallery, Vol. II by Thomas J. Pettigrew.

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A Quote by John A. Hannah on change, citizenship, life, loyalty, nations, needs, and rules

No citizen of this nation is worthy of the name unless he bears unswerving loyalty to the system under which he lives, the system that gives him more benefits than any other system yet devised by man. Loyalty leaves room to change the system when need be, but only under the ground rules by which we Americans live.

John A. Hannah

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