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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Daily Quote 10/29/2006

Mon. Oct. 23, 2006.
"A fine genius in his own country is like gold in the mine."

--Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack, 1733); Reference: Franklin: Writings, Lemay, ed., Library of America (1188).

Tue. 10/24/2006
"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."

--Thomas Paine (American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776); Reference: Thomas Paine: Collected Writings , Foner ed., Library of America (91).

Wed. 10/25/2006
"It has ever been my hobby-horse to see rising in America an empire of liberty, and a prospect of two or three hundred millions of freemen, without one noble or one king among them. You say it is impossible. If I should agree with you in this, I would still say, let us try the experiment, and preserve our equality as long as we can. A better system of education for the common people might preserve them long from such artificial inequalities as are prejudicial to society, by confounding the natural distinctions of right and wrong, virtue and vice."

--John Adams (letter to Count Sarsfield, 3 February 1786); Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett, 264.

I want to implement his solution to our education system. You mean you did not catch his plan? Oh well. You probably went to public school where they did not teach critical thinking or reasoning. "...artificial inequalities as are prejudicial to society, by confounding the natural distintions of right and wrong, virtue and vice."

Thu. 10/26/2006
"Whatever may be the judgement pronounced on the competency of the architects of the Constitution, or whatever may be the destiny of the edifice prepared by them, I feel it a duty to express my profound and solemn conviction ... that there never was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust, who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or anxiously devoted to the object committed to them."

--James Madison (in a, Circa 1835); Reference: 1787: The Grand Convention, Rossiter (316) original Madison, Brandt, ed., vol. 4 (515).

Fri. 10/27/2006
"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves."

--Thomas Jefferson (letter to Edward Carrington, 16 January 1787); Reference: The Learning of Liberty, Prangle, 111.

Gee, you sure got that right!