We've been reminiscing on the beginnings of our great nation and the core beliefs the Founding Fathers established that have lead us to where we are today. The Founding Fathers inspired others to unlock their potential and created movement around a vision of self-reliance, collaboration, and innovation. They painted a picture of great leadership and strong culture.

Imagine what greatness they can inspire today. Here are 23 quotes to start. Once you read these, complement these nuggets of wisdom by taking a deeper dive into 7 Principles for Success from our Founding Fathers.

1. "Always stand on principle...even if you stand alone."

?- John Adams

2. "If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done."

- Thomas Jefferson

3. "Well done is better than well said."

- Benjamin Franklin

4. "The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money."

- James Madison

5. "It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one." 

- George Washington

6. "Distrust naturally creates distrust, and by nothing is good will and kind conduct more speedily changed."

- John Jay

7. "To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions."

- Benjamin Franklin

8. "Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."

- Thomas Jefferson

9. "Learn to think continentally."

- Alexander Hamilton

10. "Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."

- Benjamin Franklin

11. "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."

- Thomas Jefferson

12. "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition."

- James Madison

13. "Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."

- Benjamin Franklin

14. "Whenever you do something, act as if all the world were watching."

- Thomas Jefferson

15. "The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty."

- James Madison

16. "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

- Benjamin Franklin

17. "The people are the only legitimate fountain of power."

- James Madison

18. "Those who own the country ought to govern it."

- John Jay

19. "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."

- Benjamin Franklin

20. "Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light."

- George Washington

21. "Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."

- Benjamin Franklin

22. "Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing."

- Alexander Hamilton

23. "Energy and persistence conquer all things."

- Benjamin Franklin

It's no surprise that America was founded by a collective of inspirational leaders and collaborators, but have you thought about how you can implement their ideas into your own company's success? Read the 7 Principles for Success from our Founding Fathers and let their greatness rub off on you.