Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political.
Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14, 1781
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Charles Yancey, January 6, 1816
It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.
John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756
Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.
John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in.
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 4, September 11, 1777
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