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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Daily Quote 1/8-12/2007

Mon, 1/8/2007.
"Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be, that there is not sufficient virture among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another."

--Alexander Hamilton and James Madison (Federalist No. 55, 15 February 1788); Reference: The Federalist

Tue, 1/9/2007.
"It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights."

--Benjamin Franklin (Political Observations); Reference: The Works of Benjamin Franklin, Jared Sparks, ed., 297.

Wed, 1/10/2007.
"We established however some, although not all its [self-government] important principles. The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves, in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved), or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed." [Emphasis added, mine.]

--Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Cartwright, 1824); Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Memorial Edition, Lipscomb and Bergh, ed., vol. 16 (45)

Thu, 1/11/2007.
"I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles."

--Thomas Jefferson (letter to Richard M. Johnson, 1808); Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Memorial Edition), Lipscomb and Bergh, eds., 12:9.

Fri. 1/12/2007.
"The standard of good behavior for the continuance in office of the judicial magistracy is certainly one of the most valuable of the modern improvements in the practice of government."

--Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 78, 1788); Reference: Hamilton, Federalist No. 78.