Your search for "duty of the people" returned 99 results from 34 Founders.
John Adams:"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."source: Quotes in John R. Howe, Jr., The Changing Political Thought of John Adams [Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1966], p.189morality, requirements of a free people, necessity of virtue, functionality of government
Samuel Adams:"The true patriot therefore, will enquire into the causes of the fears and jealousies of his countrymen; and if he finds they are not groundless, he will be far from endeavoring to allay or stifle them: On the contrary, constrain'd by the Amor Patriae and from public views, he will by all proper means in his power foment and cherish them: He will, as far as he is able, keep the attention of this fellow citizens awake to their grievances; and not suffer them to be at rest, till the causes of their just complaints are removed. --At such a time Philanthrop's Patriot [a King's man] may be "very cautious of charging the want of ability or integrity to those with whom any of the powers of government are entrusted": But the true patriot, will constantly be jealous of those very men: Knowing that power, especially in times of corruption, makes men wanton; that it intoxicates the mind; and unless those with whom it is entrusted, are carefully watched, such is the weakness or the perverseness of human nature, they will be apt to domineer over the people, instead of governing them, according to the known laws of the state, to which alone they have submitted. If he finds, upon the best enquiry, the want of ability or integrity; that is, an ignorance of, or a disposition to depart from, the constitution, which is the measure and rule of government & submission, he will point them out, and loudly proclaim them: He will stir up the people, incessantly to complain of such men, till they are either reform'd, or remov'd from that sacred trust, which it is dangerous for them any longer to hold. "source: Essay in the Boston Gazette, 1771.patriotism, truth, corruption, power, power of free speech, removal from office
Thomas Jefferson:"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy."source: TITLE: To Thomas Cooper. EDITION: Washington ed. iv, 453. EDITION: Ford ed., viii, 178. PLACE: Washington DATE: 1802 Redistribution of Wealth
Edmund Burke:"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."source: Speech at Country Meeting of Buckinghamshire, 1784.liberty, freedom, opression, hope
John Adams:"I wish to God that the people would be more ambitious to learn."source: John Adams by David McCulloughlearn

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