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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Daily Quote 1/1-5/2007

Mon, 1/1/2007.
"Every measure of prudence, therefore, ought to be assumed for the eventual total extirpation of slavery from the United States....I have, throughout my whole life, held the practice of slavery in...abhorrence."

--John Adams (letter to Evans, 8 June 1819); Reference: Vindicating the Founders, West (5); original Selected Writings of John and John Quicny Adams, Koch and Peden (209)

Tue, 1/2/2007.
"Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superiour to all private passions."

--John Adams (letter to Mercy Warren, 16 April 1776); Reference: The Spirit of `Seventy-Six, Commager and Morris (109); original Warren-Adams Letters, vol. 1 (221-222)

Wed, 1/3/2007.
"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprize, every expanded prospect. "

--James Madison (letter to William Bradford, 1 April 1774); Reference: Madison: Writings, Rakove, ed., Library of America (9)

Thu, 1/4/2007.
"That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate."

--Thomas Jefferson (Rights of British America, 1774); Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (121)

Fri, 1/5/2007.
"To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and opression."

--James Madison (Report on the Resolutions, 1799); Reference: resp. quoted.