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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Daily Quote 1/1/2006

Monday, Dec. 26, 2005
"[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore...never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market." --Thomas Jefferson (letter to Judge William Johnson, 12 June 1823), Reference: Original Intent, Barton (261); original Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, From the Papers of Thomas Jefferson


Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005
"I hope some future day will bring me the happiness of seeing my family again collected under our own roof, happy in ourselves and blessed in each other." --Abigail Adams (letter to John Adams, 15 March 1784), Reference: The Adams Family Correspondence, Richard Alan Ryerson, ed., vol. 5

To be able to suspend one's desires for the benefit of others is noble.

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005
"The happy State of Matrimony is, undoubtedly, the surest and most lasting Foundation of Comfort and Love; the Source of all that endearing Tenderness and Affection which arises from Relation and Affinity; the grand Point of Property; the Cause of all good Order in the World, and what alone preserves it from the utmost Confusion; and, to sum up all, the Appointment of infinite Wisdom for these great and good Purposes." --Benjamin Franklin (Rules and Maxims for Promoting Matrimonial, Happiness, 8 October 1730), Reference: Franklin: Collected Works, Lemay, ed. (152)

I am most sure he was referring to a man and a woman in matrimony as the foundation of all that is necessary for a society to thrive.

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005
"All see, and most admire, the glare which hovers round the external trappings of elevated office. To me there is nothing in it, beyond the lustre which may be reflected from its connection with a power of promoting human felicity.", --George Washington (letter to Catherine MacAuly Graham, 9, January 1790), Reference: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (537)

Friday, Dec. 30, 2005
"We established however some, although not all its
[self-government] important principles . The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves, in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved,) or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed." --Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Cartwright, 1824), Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Memorial Edition, Lipscomb and Bergh, ed., vol. 16 (45)

What is it the gun-control people were saying? The Founders did not mean us to each have arms for which to protect ourselves? Um, re-read this.