Daily Quote 4/16-20/2007
"Wherever indeed a right of property is infringed for the general good, if the nature of the case admits of compensation, it ought to be made; but if compensation be impracticable, that impracticability ought to be an obstacle to a clearly essential reform."
--Alexander Hamilton (Vindication of the Funding System, 1792); Reference: Selected Writings and Speeches of Alexander Hamilton, Frisch, 334.
"A dying man can do nothing easy."
--Benjamin Franklin (after his daughter asked him to move, 17 April 1790); Reference: The Life of Franklin, Sparks, vol. 1 (531).
"The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be deteremined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded."
--Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 33, 3 January 1788); Reference: The Federalist.
"What a glorious morning this is!"
--Samuel Adams (to John Hancock at the Battle of Lexington, Massachusetts, 19 April 1775); Reference: American Statesman: Samual Adams, Hosmer (297).
"Jefferson was against any needless official apparel, but if the gown was to carry, he said: "For Heaven's sake discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum."
--Thomas Jefferson (commenting on judges' apparel); Reference: respec. Quoted.
Now that was funny!
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