Friday, September 19, 2008

Founding Fathers Quote Friday

Favorite Founding Father's Quote Day

FFQF, or, "Founding Father's Quote Friday," is a meme created and hosted by Hercules Mulligan on his blog, Meet the Founding Fathers. The meme seeks to interest and educate the public in the history and principles of the American Founding Era (c. 1760-1805). And USHistoryBlog has been asked to be a contributor.

This month's theme is Liberty.

To start, I chose one of the fiercest fighters of liberty and one of my favorite Founding Fathers; John Adams.

"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain."

Adams' sentiments demonstrate how important he believed his life's purpose was. His actions, would undoubtedly effect many generations after his..."our posterity" if you will, and it is comforting to know that he had the future in mind.

For more quotes by John Adams and other founding fathers, go to the Quotes page:

And here's one more John Adams quote, just because...

"Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power."

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Anonymous said...

This is so true. How is it that we spend so much time contemplating our navels, and don't realize that all our actions have lasting effects?

Hercules Mulligan said...

Thanks so much for participating today! I was elated to see your post. I love the quote! How important it is that we realize that our opportunities to live in comfort is because our forefathers laid down their own comforts for their principles and for us, their posterity.

Thanks again!

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