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Founding Fathers – true leaders

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founding_fathersIndependence Day is a time to reflect on the freedoms we have and the people who paved the way. Though many readers of Lead on Purpose reside outside the US, I hope you will also appreciate the great things that happened back in the late 1700s and the impact those men had on establishing freedoms enjoyed by many throughout the world today.

To celebrate I want to share some of my favorite quotes from the Founding Fathers of the United States of America:

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with a few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
George Washington

“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.”
Thomas Jefferson

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
John Adams

“The citizens of the U.S. are responsible for the greatest trust ever confided to a political society. We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.”
James Madison

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”
Thomas Paine

“A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Give me liberty or give me death.”
Patrick Henry

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
George Washington

“Well done is better than well said.”
Benjamin Franklin

Happy Independence Day!

One thought on “Founding Fathers – true leaders

  1. Great list of quotes. I’ve bookmarked this page 🙂 Thanks for the post!

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