10 American Quotes Before Their Time

As Americans, it's important for us to know a few good quotes about our country -- mainly for winning arguments, posting on social media, and sounding smart at the bar. Some of the best quotes are ones that may have been spoken some time ago, but still hold true today. Below, we've listed a few of our favorite quotes that may be old, but stand truer than ever. 


Oscar Wilde Quote

1.  "In America the president reigns for four years, and journalism governs forever and ever." - Oscar Wilde



George Washington Quote

2.  “As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.” - George Washington



Benjamin Franklin Quote

3.  "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin



Thomas Jefferson Quote

4.  "No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it." - Thomas Jefferson 



Mark Twain Quote

5.  "All Democrats are insane, but not one of them knows it; none but the Republicans and Mugwumps know it. All the Republicans are insane, but only the Democrats and Mugwumps can perceive it. The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane." - Mark Twain



Admiral Yamamoto Quote

6.  "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto



Samuel Adams Quote

7.  “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” - Samuel Adams



Ronald Reagan Quote

8.  "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 


John Marshall Quote

9.  "An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation." - John Marshall


Noah Webster Quote

10.  "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States." - Noah Webster