Top 12 Most Famous John Jay Quotes (BEST)
“This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence, that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren, united to each other by the strongest ties, should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties.”John Jay
“Among the strange things of this world, nothing seems more strange than that men pursuing happiness should knowingly quit the right and take a wrong road, and frequently do what their judgments neither approve nor prefer.”John Jay
“Prior to the great Revolution, the great majority… of our people had been so long accustomed to the practice and convenience of having slaves that very few among them even doubted the propriety and rectitude of it.”John Jay
7 John Jay Quotes on Religion and Education (GOVERNMENT)
“The government must be a weak one indeed, if it should forget that the good of the whole can only be promoted by advancing the good of each of the parts or members which compose the whole.”John Jay
“Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of government, and it is equally undeniable, that whenever and however it is instituted, the people must cede to it some of their natural rights, in order to vest it with requisite powers.”John Jay
“I consider knowledge to be the soul of a republic, and as the weak and wicked are generally in alliance, as much care should be taken to diminish the number of the former as of that latter. Education is the way to do this, and nothing should be left undone to afford all ranks of people that means of obtaining a proper degree of it at a cheap and easy rate.”John Jay
“Too many in your state [Pennsylvania], as in this [New York], love pure democracy dearly. They seem not to consider that pure democracy, like pure rum, easily produces intoxication, and with it a thousand mad pranks and fooleries.”John Jay
John Jay Short Biography
He graduated from King’s College, now known as Columbia University, in 1764. Four years later, he passed the bar exam and became a successful lawyer in New York City.
In 1777, Jay was elected as the first chief of Justice of New York City. A year later, he was elected president of the Continental Congress.
Jay was sent to Great Britain in 1794 by then-president George Washington, to negotiate the prevention of war, this was known as the Jay Treaty.
- What You Should Know About Forgotten Founding Father John Jay – PBS
- Meet the Founding Father of U.S. Counterintelligence – Intelligence.gov
- America’s Forgotten Founding Father – Miller Center
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