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Monday, November 27, 2006

Daily Quote 11/27-12/1/2006

Monday, 11/27/2006.
"This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion."

--Thomas Jefferson (letter to Henry Lee, 8 May 1825); Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (1501)


Tuesday, 11/28/2006.
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."

--Thomas Paine (The Crisis, no 1, 19 December 1776); Reference: respec. Quoted

So do I.

Thu. 11/30/2006.
"[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt."

--Samuel Adams (essay in The Public Advertiser, Circa 1749); Reference: The Life and Public Service of Samuel Adams, William Wells, vol. 1 (22)

I see this happening right here in the land which I love. All it takes is for good men to do nothing for evil to conquer us. Lord, please heal our land.

Fri. 12/1/2006.
"All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?""

--Benjamin Franklin (To Colleagues at the Constitutional Convention); Reference: Quoted by James Madison, Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787. (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1987), pp. 209-