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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Daily Quote 2/12/2006

Mon., Feb. 6, 2006
"His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man." --Thomas Jefferson (on George Washington in a letter to Dr. Walter Jones, 2 January 1814), Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (1318-19)

I agree.

Tue., Feb. 7, 2006
"To all of which is added a selection from the elementary schools of subjects of the most promising genius, whose parents are too poor to give them further education, to be carried at the public expense through the college and university. The object is to bring into action that mass of talents which lies buried in poverty in every country, for want of the means of development, and thus give activity to a mass of mind, which, in proportion to our population, shall be double or treble of what it is in most countries." --Thomas Jefferson (letter to Jose Correa de Serra, 25 November 1817), Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, ed., vol. 7 (94-5)

Wed., Feb. 8, 2006
"In such a performance you may lay the foundation of national happiness only in religion, not by leaving it doubtful "whether morals can exist without it," but by asserting that without religion morals are the effects of causes as purely physical as pleasant breezes and fruitful seasons." --Benjamin Rush (letter to John Adams, 20 August 1811), Reference: Americanism, Gebhardt (12); original Letters, Rush, Butterfield, ed., vol. 2 (1096-97)

Thu., Feb. 9, 2006
"As to Taxes, they are evidently inseparable from Government. It is impossible without them to pay the debts of the nation, to protect it from foreign danger, or to secure individuals from lawless violence and rapine." --Alexander Hamilton (Address to the Electors of the State of
New York, March 1801), Reference: Selected Writings and Speeches of Alexander Hamilton, Frisch, ed., 473.

Fri., Feb. 10, 2006
"It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people."
--Richard Henry Lee (letter to Colonel Martin Pickett, 5 March 1786), Reference: Original Intent, Barton (332); original The Letters of Richard Henry Lee, Ballagh, ed., vol. 2 (411)