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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Daily Quote 2/19/2006

Monday. Feb. 13, 2006
"It is an object of vast magnitude that systems of education should be adopted and pursued which may not only diffuse a knowledge of the sciences but may implant in the minds of the American youth the principles of virtue and of liberty and inspire them with just and liberal ideas of government and with an inviolable attachment to their own country." --Noah Webster (On Education of Youth in America, 1790), Reference: The Learning of Liberty, Prangle and Prangle (126); original Noah Webster: Schoolmaster to America, Harry Warfel (42)

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006
"Wherever indeed a right of property is infringed for the general good, if the nature of the case admits of compensation, it ought to be made; but if compensation be impracticable, that impracticability ought to be an obstacle to a clearly essential reform." --Alexander Hamilton (Vindication of the Funding System, 1792), Reference: Selected Writings and Speeches of Alexander Hamilton, Frisch, 334.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006
"The great desiderata are a free representation and mutual checks. When these are obtained, all our apprehensions of the extent of powers are unjust and imaginary." -- Alexander Hamilton (Speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, June 1788), Reference: The Works of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., II, 60.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006
"I give my signature to many Bills with which my Judgment is at variance.... From the Nature of the Constitution, I must approve all parts of a Bill, or reject it in total. To do the latter can only be Justified upon the clear and obvious grounds of propriety; and I never had such confidence in my own faculty of judging as to be over tenacious of the opinions I may have imbibed in doubtful cases." --George Washington (letter to Edmund Pendleton, 23 September 1793), Reference: The Writings of George Washinton, Fitzpatrick, ed., vol. 33 (96)

Friday, Feb. 17, 2006
"They are of the People, and return again to mix with the People, having no more durable preeminence than the different Grains of Sand in an Hourglass. Such an Assembly cannot easily become dangerous to Liberty. They are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People's Business, and promote the public Welfare; their Powers must be sufficient, or their Duties cannot be performed. They have no profitable Appointments, but a mere Payment of daily Wages, such as are scarcely equivalent to their Expences; so that, having no Chance for great Places, and enormous Salaries or Pensions, as in some Countries, there is no triguing or bribing for Elections." --Benjamin Franklin (letter to George Whatley, 23 May 1785), Reference: Franklin Collected Works, Lemay, ed., 1108.