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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Daily Quote 11/20/2005

Monday, Nov. 14, 2005
"The constitution of the United States is to receive a reasonable interpretation of its language, and its powers, keeping in view the objects and purposes, for which those powers were conferred. By a reasonable interpretation, we mean, that in case the words are susceptible of two different senses, the one strict, the other more enlarged, that should be adopted, which is most consonant with the apparent objects and intent of the Constitution."
--Joseph Story (Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833), Reference: Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 140.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005
"[T]he President, who errs as other men do, but errs with integrity."
--Thomas Jefferson (on George Washington in a letter to William Branch Giles, 31 December 1795), Reference: The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress, American Memory Collection

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005
"As the cool and deliberate sense of the community ought in all governments, and actually will in all free governments ultimately prevail over the views of its rulers; so there are particular moments in public affairs, when the people stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn. In these critical moments, how salutary will be the interference of some temperate and respectable body of citizens, in order to check the misguided career, and to suspend the blow mediated by the people against themselves, until reason, justice and truth, can regain their authority over the public mind?"
--James Madison (likely) (Federalist No. 63, 1788), Reference: Madison, Federalist No. 63.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005
"Next Monday the Convention in Virginia will assemble; we have still good hopes of its adoption here: though by no great plurality of votes. South Carolina has probably decided favourably before this time. The plot thickens fast. A few short weeks will determine the political fate of America for the present generation, and probably produce no small influence on the happiness of society through a long succession of ages to come."
--George Washington (letter to Marquis de Lafayette, 28 May 1788), Reference: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (398)

Friday, Nov. 18, 2005
"Liberty is not to be enjoyed, indeed it cannot exist, without the habits of just subordination; it consists, not so much in removing all restraint from the orderly, as in imposing it on the violent."
--Fisher Ames (Essay on Equality, 15 December 1801), Reference: Works of Fisher Ames, W. B. Allen, ed., vol. 1 (256)