Thomas Jefferson Quotes

Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) was a Founding Father and the third U.S. President (1801-1809). When the American Revolution started, Jefferson represented Virginia in the Continental Congress. He was also the Governor of Virginia during the war (1779-1781). After the war, he became a U.S. diplomat in Paris. In 1785, Jefferson became the U.S. Minister…

Thomas Sowell Quotes

Thomas Sowell is an American political philosopher, social theorist, author and economist. He was born in 1930 in North Carolina. Sowell is a proponent of libertarianism and laissez-faire economics. He won the Francis Boyer Award in 1990, Sydney Hook Award in 1998, and received the National Humanities Medal in 2002. Currently, Sowell is a senior…

Alexander Hamilton Quotes

Alexander Hamilton (1757 – 1804) was a political philosopher, soldier, a Founding Father, economist, the first U.S. Secretary of Treasury and one of the first constitutional lawyers. Hamilton had an important role in establishing the national bank and tariff system. Hamilton contributed to John Adams’ defeat in the elections (1800) and helped Thomas Jefferson defeat…

Frederic Bastiat Quotes

Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801 –1850) was a French political economist and classical liberal theorist. His “opportunity cost” concept is one of his most important achievements. Bastiat was 17 when he left school and went to work in the family export business. That job allowed him to see how markets can be affected by regulations, which…

Calvin Coolidge Quotes

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) was the thirtieth U.S. President (1923-1929). Coolidge was known as a man who did not speak much, but whose actions were very decisive. He managed to restore public confidence in the U.S. Government after the scandals of Harding’s administration. Coolidge believed that taxes and government expenditure should be reduced. In 1924, his…

Niccolò Machiavelli Quotes

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian philosopher, historian, writer, diplomat, civil servant and humanist. Machiavelli was a founder of what we call modern political science. He is known for his political realism. Machiavelli’s best-known work called “The Prince” is still very popular. It is a manual to keeping the political power. Although it is written…

Seneca Quotes

Seneca was a Roman dramatist, statesman, and Stoic philosopher. He was also Nero’s tutor and advisor. Very little is known about his early life, except that he was born in Cordoba in 4 BC. According to Miriam Griffin, one of his biographers, there is no enough information on his life before 41 AD. In 65…

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) was an American lecturer, poet, essayist and leader of the Transcendentalist movement. Nearly 1,500 Emerson’s public lectures have been published. In his essay from 1836, Emerson formulated his transcendental philosophy of nature. His basic ideas were freedom, individuality, relationship between the human soul and its environment, and the ability…

George Mason Quotes

George Mason (1725-1792), an American statesman and patriot, was one of the U.S. Founding Fathers, also known as “the father of the Bill of Rights”. Mason insisted on adding individual rights and explicit States rights to the Constitution. The first ten amendments resulted from Mason’s efforts. The ten amendments were based on Mason’s Virginia Declaration…

Aristotle Quotes

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek polymath and philosopher. He was Plato’s student and teacher of Alexander the Great. Aristotle’s writings cover different subjects: poetry, metaphysics, physics, logic, music, theater, linguistics, rhetoric, ethics, zoology, biology, politics and government. Aristotle had a great influence on Western philosophy. His ideas shaped the entire medieval…