Thomas Paine Quotes

Thomas Paine (1737-1809), was an English intellectual, pamphleteer, author, inventor, revolutionary and one of the U.S. Founding Fathers.  Paine spent 1790s in France and during this time, he became deeply involved in the Revolution. “The Rights of Man” is one of the most important Paine’s works, in which he defends the French Revolution. In 1792,…

Winston Churchill Quotes

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was a British statesman and Conservative politician. Churchill was Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. He is known as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. Churchill was a Nobel Prize winner (for literature) and the first Honorary Citizen of the U.S. During his first…

John Adams Quotes

John Adams (1735-1826) was an American lawyer, diplomat, statesman, political theorist, one of the Founding Fathers, and the second U.S. President. Adams assisted Jefferson in creating the Declaration of Independence and had an important role in convincing the Congress to declare independence. Adams was also responsible for peace negotiations with Great Britain. His son, John…

Milton Friedman Quotes

Milton Friedman (1912 – 2006) was an American statistician, economist and author, and a Nobel Prize winner for economic sciences. Friedman is well known for his researches on monetary history, consumption analysis and stabilization policy. He was one of the most popular economists of the 20th century (right after John M. Keynes). Friedman was President…

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…

James Madison Quotes

James Madison (1751-1836) was an American political theorist, Secretary of State in Jefferson’s administration, and the 4th U.S. President. Madison is considered the Father of the U.S. Constitution. He collaborated with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton to create the Federalist Papers which would support the Constitution. During the Constitution ratification process, Madison supported the idea…

Edmund Burke Quotes

Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) was an Irish author, statesman, political theorist, philosopher and orator. He served in the British House of Commons for many years. Burke is known for supporting American Revolutionaries, and arguing against the French Revolution, which made him the leading figure of the “Old Whigs” – the conservative fraction of his…

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…

Herbert Spencer Quotes

Herbert Spencer (1820 – 1903) was an English sociologist, biologist, classical liberal political theorist and philosopher. Spencer made a great contribution to subjects like ethics, anthropology, political theory, religion, philosophy, sociology and biology. Spencer is known for creating the concept known as “survival of the fittest”. He described it in his “Principles of Biology” from…

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…