Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.— Thomas Jefferson
Astounding Us Founding Fathers quotations
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He's sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped.
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed;
as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual… Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.
Let us by wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.
It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us.
The Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.
All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should.
The Law found more than it lost when Christ said, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven’ (Matthew 5:44-45). This most important commandment summarizes in a word the universal discipline of patience, since it does not allow us to do evil even to people who deserve it.
I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.
My heart trembles when I reflect that God is just
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.
[Our Constitution] is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The wolf that wins? The one you feed.
As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the World ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting Changes; and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity.
Congress has no power to make any religious establishments.
Discipline is the soul of an army.
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.
In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.
He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
Question with boldness even the existence of a god.
You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash.
I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn't have declared their independence from it.
If nothing saves us from death, may love at least save us from life.
What is it the Bible teaches us? -- rapine, cruelty, and murder.
I can't tell Black people to fight a war that is Israel's war.
What kind of leader will you be, or should I be, to allow these babies Black, white and brown, to fight Israel's war, because Zionists dominate the government of the United States of America and her banking system.
Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good.
Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.
The God who gave us life gave us liberty.
Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?
I have sworn upon the altar of god.
The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.
Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can exist apart from religious principle.
A people... who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.