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BC: I will not believe our labors are lost. I shall not die without a hope that light and liberty are on a steady advance. ~Thomas Jefferson | HomeMakersforAmerica.org | All government originates in families, and if neglected there, it will hardly exist in society . . . The foundation of all free government and of all social order must be laid in families. . . " ~Noah Webster

FC: Our Garden of Liberty | Celebrating the heart of America

1: "Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower We lovingly dedicate this book to all the "Gardeners" of Liberty. May our Garden ever grow and prosper in your hands!

2: "The Pilgrims of Plymouth, the Puritans of Boston, the Quakers of Pennsylvania, all avowed a moral purpose, and began by making institutions that consciously reflected a moral idea." ~Henry Adams

3: The seeds were planted... | ...and our Garden grew | No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass. ~George Washington

4: This nation was established by the God of heaven as a citadel of liberty. ~Ezra Taft Benson

5: The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. ~George Washington | It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. ~David Hume

6: We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. ~William Faulkner | We the People...Securing the Blessings of Liberty

7: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. | for ourselves and our Posterity

8: There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained. ~Winston Churchill

9: Liberty has restraints but no frontiers. ~Lloyd George | History teaches us that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure. ~Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

10: The young child remains as plastic clay in the hands of those whose privilege it is to mold their character for eternity

11: You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. ~Abraham Lincoln

12: Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. ~Lord Acton

13: Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith. ~Ronald Reagan

15: “We do not need more material development, we need more spiritual development. We do not need more intellectual power, we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more government, we need more culture. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen. It is on that side of life that it is desirable to put the emphasis at this present time. If that side is strengthened, the other side will take care of itself. It is that side which is the foundation of all else. If the foundation be firm, the superstructure will stand. --Calvin Coolidge

16: America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its Patriotism, its morality, and its Spiritualism." -Joseph Stalin | Faith | Virtue | Patriotism

17: Every young thing attaches itself to what is nearest and grows to be like it." --Seneca | To train my children to become benevolent lovers of mankind is my warmest and dearest wish. ~Queen Louise

18: When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? | The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlasting family will still be standing, because it is a [heavenly] institution, formed outside [worldly] time.” ~Neal Maxwell | Liberty | begins at home

19: Our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house. Barbara Bush | America didn't begin with a government. It began with Families!

20: Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism." ~President Dwight Eisenhower

21: F R E E D O M | "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." - George Washington | “Should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a schoolbook? Its morals are pure, its examples are captivating and noble....In no Book is there so good English, so pure and so elegant, and by teaching all the same they will speak alike, and the Bible will justly remain the standard of language as well as of faith.” Fisher Ames

22: Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity. ~Margaret Nadauld

23: Oh, if the world could only stop long enough for one generation of mothers to be all right, what a Millennium could be begun in thirty years! --Helen Hunt Jackson

24: ...the mothers of a country mold its citizens, determine its institutions, and shape its destiny. ~Matthew Vassar

25: Educate the women, and the men will be educated. Let the ladies understand the great doctrine of seeking the greatest good, of loving their neighbors as themselves; let them indoctrinate their children in this fundamental truth, and we shall have wise legislators. ~Mary Lyon

27: O Liberty... is it well to leave the gates unguarded? ~Thomas Bailey Aldrich | What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions. ~Aristotle | Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. ~John Adams | Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. ~John W. Whitehead

28: "This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love." | “ Happier than any fairy tale, more marvelous than any wonder book, the story of the United States of America begins, ‘Once upon a time,’ and has come to the point where it depends upon the boys and girls who read it, to say whether or not they shall ‘live happily ever after.’” ~The True Story of Christopher Columbus by Elbridge S. Brooks, from the Freedom Series

29: F O R E V E R | "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women, when it dies there, no constitution, no court can save it" -Learned Hand

30: Some mothers in today's world feel "cumbered" by home duties and are thus attracted by other more "romantic" challenges. Such women could make the same error of perspective that Martha made. The woman, for instance, who deserts the cradle in order to help defend civilization against the barbarians may well later meet, among the barbarians, her own neglected child. Neal Maxwell

31: The greatest act of patriotism a mother can perform will be within the walls of her own home. | Is there any other person who can bring more happiness to her young charges, has more significance in another's life, or has the potential to leave a greater legacy for those who come after her than a mother? Jane Clayson Johnson

32: Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. ~Daniel Webster | Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves. ~D.H. Lawrence

33: Let freedom never perish in your hands. Joseph Addiso | Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. Ronald Reagan

34: The red stripes remind us of the blood that was sacrificed in our behalf—a call to patriotism and love of country. The white stripes remind us that to be able to live under a system of limited government, we personally need to live a moral and upright life. The white stars & blue background remind us of Heaven's guiding and protective Hand and that it is to God that we look for certain inalienable rights. | The Colors | of Our Flag

35: The Colors of Our Flag | We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of the government--far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God. ~James Madison | Faith | Virtue | Patriotism | I should be pained to believe that (the American people) have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is a lone able to protect them. ~George Washington | A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. ~George William Curtis

36: “We fancy that God can only manage his world with battalions, when all the while he is doing it by beautiful babies. When a wrong wants righting, or a truth needs preaching or a continent wants opening, God sends a baby into the world perhaps in a simple home and of some obscure mother. And then God puts the idea into the mother's heart, and she puts it into the baby's mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not the earthquakes and thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.” ~E.T. Sullivan

38: Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. ~William James

39: Seeds of Hope | Nurturing | On every mother's bosom there rests a bud of promise, and whether or not that promise shall be fulfilled depends upon her.

40: Sharing the Light of Liberty | “A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?" -George Washington | Whoever wants the next generation most will get them

42: When the world is in chaos, and not able to locate its identity, its the storytellers that bring it back to center. | Because storytellers are the keepers of the culture. ~Michael Meade

43: America | share the story! | "Let me tell the stories and I care not who writes the textbooks. G. Stanley Hall

44: Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

45: Beauty | Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes | When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. ~Mahatma Gandhi | The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. ~Albert Einstein | It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou | Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand. Khalil Gibran | I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. Edgar Allan Poe | Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. Saint Augustine | Love | is the | Beauty | of the | Soul

46: I must study politics and war, that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain. ~John Adams | Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

47: Where words fail, music speaks. -Hans Christian Andersen

48: There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder. Ronald Reagan

50: Only a united people, keeping God's commands, can expect the protection which he alone can give when the floods come, and the rains descend, and the winds blow, and beat upon our house. Marion G. Romney

51: All great change in America begins at the dinner table. ~Ronald Reagan

52: Be the Change | "I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty. But we shall not be poor if we love liberty, because the nation that loves liberty truly sets every man free to do his best and be his best, and that means the release of all the splendid energies of a great people who think for themselves." --Woodrow Wilson

53: You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi

54: "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated." ~Thomas Paine | Perhaps our job is not necessarily to win this fight but to prepare the ground; to make the soil fertile and sow the seeds so that Liberty may thrive when the battle is done. ~ KrisAnne Hall

55: If the experiment of government by the people is to be successful, it is you and such as you who must make it so. The future of the Republic must lie in the hands of the men and women of culture and intelligence, of self-control and of self-resource, capable of taking care of themselves and of helping others. If it falls not into such hands, the republic will have no future. The problem of life is not to make life easier, but to make men stronger, so that no problem shall be beyond their solution...The remedy for oppression is to bring in better men who cannot be oppressed." ~David Starr Jordan | We are the keepers | of the flame

56: "The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; George Washington | The boys [and girls] of the rising generation are to be the men [and women] of the next, and the sole guardians of the principles we deliver over to them. ~Thomas Jefferson

57: The future of America is in our hands!

58: You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done. ~Ronald Reagan

59: Our journey begins...

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