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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Daily Quote 12/25-29/2006

Monday, 12/25/06.
"How many observe Christ's birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments."

--Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richards Almanack, 1743); Reference: Poor Richard: The Almanacks, for the Years, 1733-1758, Intro by Van Wyck Brooks (111)

Tuesday, 12/26/06.
"There is something so far-fetched and so extravagant in the idea of danger to liberty from the militia that one is at a loss whether to treat it with gravity or with raillery; whether to consider it as a mere trial of skill, like the paradoxes of rhetoricians; as a disingenuous artifice to instil prejudices at any price; or as the serious."

--Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 29, 10 January 1788); Reference: Hamilton, Federalist No. 29.

I query as to this dilemna, and have decided it is right and just to support our Troops. Other troops, however, trouble me. Therefore I suggest you must be more clear.

Wednesday, 12/27/06.
"To restore...harmony, render us again one people acting as one nation should be the object of every man really a patriot."

--Thomas Jefferson (letter to Thomas McKean, 1801); Reference: 63 The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Ford Edition, 8:78


Thursday, 12/28/06.
"The right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon...has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right."

--James Madison (Virginia Resolutions, 21 December 1798); Reference: Virginia Resolutions, 1798.

If only we could still do this...

Friday, 12/29/06.
"Next Monday the Convention in Virginia will assemble; we have still good hopes of its adoption here: though by no great plurality of votes. South Carolina has probably decided favourably before this time. The plot thickens fast. A few short weeks will determine the political fate of America for the present generation, and probably produce no small influence on the happiness of society through a long succession of ages to come."

--George Washington (letter to Marquis de Lafayette, 28 May 1788); Reference: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (398)

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