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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on circumstances, ethics, faith, generosity, interest, men, and nations

I have but one system of ethics for men and for nations-to be grateful, to be faithful to all engagements and under all circumstances, to be open and generous, promoting in the long run even the interests of both.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on age, competence, freedom, friendship, government, guidance, home, honesty, justice, men, nations, peace, persuasion, politics, principles, religion, revolution, safety, and support

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, - entangling alliances with none; the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns, and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies; the preservation of the general government in its whole constitutional vigour, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad; . . . freedom of religion; freedom of the press; freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected,- these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: First Inaugural Address. March 4, 1801.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on history, nations, and pain

The applause of list'ning senates to command, The threats of pain and ruin to despise, To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land, And read their history in a nation's eyes.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 16.

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A Quote by Thomas G. West on force, morality, nations, observation, principles, privacy, understanding, and virtue

The founders of this nation understood that private morality is the fount from whence sound public policy springs. Replying to Washington's first inaugural address, the Senate stated: "We feel, sir, the force and acknowledge the justness of the observation that the foundation of our national policy should be lain in private morality. If individuals be not influenced by moral principles it is in vain to look for public virtue."

Thomas G. West

Source: The Federalist Papers & American Founding, ed. Charles R. Kesler, NY, The Free Press, 1987.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on biography, death, existence, future, heaven, life, nations, past, sacred, suffering, present, and universe

All life is figured by them as a Tree. Igdrasil, the Ash-tree of existence, has its roots deep-down in the kingdoms of Death: its trunk reaches up heaven-high, spreads its boughs over the whole Universe: it is the Tree of Existence. At the foot of it, in the Death-Kingdom, sit the three Fates - the Past, Present and Future; watering its roots from the Sacred Well. It's "bough," with their buddings and disleafings, - events, things suffered, things done, catastrophes, - stretch through all lands and times. Is not every leaf of it a biography, every fiber there an act or word? Its boughs are the Histories of Nations. The rustle of it is the noise of Human Existence, onwards from of old. . . . I find no similitude so true as this of a Tree. Beautiful; altogether beautiful and great.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on efficiency and nations

There is a homely adage which runs, "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: Speech at Minnesota State Fair, September 2, 1901

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on aristocracy, certainty, generations, government, idealism, men, money, nations, peace, and war

We stand equally against government by a plutocracy and government by a mob. There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with "the money touch," but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: Letter to Sir Edward Grey, November 15, 1913

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on citizenship, good, government, nations, people, progress, prosperity, and welfare

The object of government is the welfare of the people. The material progress and prosperity of a nation are desirable chiefly so far as they lead to the moral and material welfare of all good citizens.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: The New Nationalism, 1910

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on certainty, country, nations, and possibility

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: Speech before the Knights of Columbus, New York, October 12, 1915

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on children, citizenship, community, force, interest, nations, potential, suffering, welfare, and elightenment

Each child represents either a potential addition to the protective capacity and enlightened citizenship of the nation or, if allowed to suffer from neglect, a potential addition to the destructive forces of a community. . . . The interests of the nation are involved in the welfare of this array of children no less than in our great material affairs.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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