During the Fourth of July celebrations in the midst of the parades, fireworks, and BBQ’s we need to remember those great people that came before us that laid the groundwork for this great nation.
The Founding Fathers of the United States included: Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, James Madison, John Adams, John Jay, and Thomas Jefferson. These men were political leaders and statesmen that lived over two hundred years ago and yet they already understood key values that would make our country so great. One of those values was the importance of education for we the people.
As past, present, or future college students before you fire up the grill this Fourth of July let’s take a look back and read some educational quotes about how our founding fathers valued education.
1. Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it... the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought. - Alexander Hamilton
2. Genius without education is like silver in the mine. - Benjamin Franklin
3. What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on each on the other for their mutual and surest support? - James Madison
4. “Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty & dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.” - James Madison
5. “I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough. The more one reads the more one sees we have to read.” - John Adams
6. “There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.” - John Adams
7. "I consider knowledge to be the soul of a republic, and as the weak and the wicked are generally in alliance, as much care should be taken to diminish the number of the former as of the latter. Education is the way to do this, and nothing should be left undone to afford all ranks of people the means of obtaining a proper degree of it at a cheap and easy rate.” - John Jay
8. “The best mans of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail.” - George Washington
9. “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” - Thomas Jefferson