Be in general Virtuous, and you will be Happy.
Benjamin Franklin, letter to John Alleyne, August 9, 1768
A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the
whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once
they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.
Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779
What is Virtue?
A virtue is a positive trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle.
What is Moral?
Concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles.
What is Principle
A principle is a law or rule that has to be followed.
God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man
may pervade all the nations
of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country.
- Benjamin Franklin