American history is filled with inspiring patriots who had a real knack for legendary quotes and charismatic speeches.
While we’ve all heard the most oft-quoted patriotic statements (JFK’s “Ask not what you can do for your country” line comes to mind), we thought we’d look into 5 other super-inspiring quotes from American patriots and legends:
5. Adams on Where the Revolution Began
John Adams, the second US President, had this to say on the American Revolution:
But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was affected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.”
In other words, he noted that the Revolution was inevitable: the people wanted to be free before the first shots were fired.
4. Jefferson on the Government
Thomas Jefferson had a simple but inspiring quote that our modern, bloated government could do well to remember:
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.”
It’s a stirring reminder of the importance of small government and a warning that we should never allow the government to take responsibility for our actions.
3. Lincoln on People and Government
Abraham Lincoln had his fair share of inspiring speeches and fantastic quotes. But this one particularly caught our attention, delivered when he was campaigning for President before the Civil War:
The people are the rightful masters of both congresses and courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.”
Here, Lincoln matches Jefferson’s desire to give ultimate power to the people and reminded them that it is their responsibility to remove corrupt officials from office by any means necessary.
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2. JFK on Truth
These days, it’s easy to get discouraged because of social media and the difficulty in determining what news outlets are really telling you the truth. JFK gave a pertinent quote, delivered during his term as the 35th President:
We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
In other words, it’s crucial that we remember to always face the truth head-on, regardless of how unpleasant or uncomfortable we might find it to be.
1. Johnson on the Importance of Voting
Lastly, former President Lyndon B. Johnson had an inspiring quote about the importance of our collective responsibility to vote:
We preach the virtues of democracy abroad. We must practice its duties here at home. Voting is the first duty of democracy.”
We could all stand to take a leaf out of President Johnson’s book and vote more frequently, especially in our local elections.
There are, of course, many hundreds more quotes we could choose from the annals of American history. But we feel that remembering the above five patriotic quotes in your everyday life will fill you with an adventurous, honest, and determined spirit as you face the challenges of the future.
Thank you for reading, stay strong patriots.
Justin | FamTeeWorld
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