"It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights."

--Benjamin Franklin, Political Observations

 
 
"Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

-- Benjamin Franklin, letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789

 
 
__“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

-- Benjamin Franklin

 
 
_"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freeness of speech."

-- Benjamin Franklin

 
 
America's Principles in Public Policy

"History will also give occasion to expatiate on the advantage of civil orders and constitutions, how men and their properties are protected by joining in societies and establishing government; their industry encouraged and rewarded, arts invented, and life made more comfortable: The advantages of liberty, mischiefs of licentiousness, benefits arising from good laws and a due execution of justice. Thus may the first principles of sound politics be fixed in the minds of youth."

-- Benjamin Franklin, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania, 1749