“Wear none of thine own chains; but keep free, whilst thou art free.”

Founding Fathers: Quotes on Liberty and Freedom from America’s Revolutionaries.

An iconic group of men who led the American Revolution against the British Crown, the Founding Fathers’ legacy lives on today as we continue our fight for this great nation. Below are our favorite founding fathers quotes about liberty and freedom.

8 Comments on “Wear none of thine own chains; but keep free, whilst thou art free.”

  1. How’s this quote: surrender your guns, and be ruled by people who will enslave you. Some of us, they will kill.

  2. “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?
    Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.” — Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, “Gulag Archipelago”

  3. “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

  4. “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” -Benjamin Franklin

    We are not our forefather’s country.

  5. The most important thing government officials (including both elected officials and bureaucrats ) want to prevent being taught in schools today or coming into conscious knowledge by other means – is that the Founding Fathers were revolutionaries, people who were willing to shoot members of the then legal government. Seeing it as a duty, a dangerous & difficult job that needed doing.

  6. “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.” – Thomas Jefferson

    Note that TJ did not attach any adjective to government. Big, corrupt, tyrannical, etc. Just government resistance.

    As small as practically possible, but no smaller. And more importantly no bigger. Is the way I interpret the meaning.

    However, that was said before Abe Lincoln turned the union of sovereign states into mere or mostly just colonies of Washington DC.


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