Early this week, I share with you the top quotes of founding fathers that you can use in your language arts lessons and American History lessons. In this post, I would like to open your mind to introducing, if you don't already, civil duty lessons within your homeschooling. Rather a person is part of a country, city, family or faith, there is a civil duty expected of this person as part of their function within this body of people. This is something that the founding fathers understood, taught and demonstrated in their daily lives.
Within this post, I would like to share with you quotes of founding fathers who talk about this on within their influence. It was these kinds of discussions that lead to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the inevitable Revolutionary War. They understood the importance of an individual's civil duty within that which they belonged. In understanding this call to duty, they were willing to sacrifice their reputation, wealth and even life to fulfill this call of civil duty.
Imagine with me for a moment if families began to consciously and diligently teach this importance again, within their own homes. This would then penetrate within the churches and communities, furthering the call of civil duty to God and country, as it was in the days leading up to the historical signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Here are some of the best civil duty quotes of founding fathers that I could find:
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” – George Washington
“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.” – Samuel Adams
“The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” – Thomas Jefferson
“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” – Thomas Paine
“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” – George Washington
“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.” – George Washington
“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” – George Washington
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams
“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” – John Adams
“As long as Property exists, it will accumulate in Individuals and Families. As long as Marriage exists, Knowledge, Property and Influence will accumulate in Families.” – John Adams
“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing… than … communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” – George Washington
“By removing the Bible from schools we would be wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime.” – Benjamin Rush
“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” – Samuel Adams
“The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought.” – Samuel Adams
“All men have a right to remain in a state of nature as long as they please; and in case of intolerable oppression, civil or religious, to leave the society they belong to, and enter into another.” – Samuel Adams
I hope you are enjoying this iHomeschool Network quote series as much as I'm enjoying to write my part of it.