Daily Quote 4/2-6/2007
"Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue."
--John Witherspoon (The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776); Reference: The Selected Writings of John Witherspoon, Miller ed. (140-1).
"[T]here is not a syllable in the plan under consideration which directly empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of the Constitution."
--Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 81, 1788); Reference: Hamilton, Federalist No. 81 (482).
"We ought to consider what is the end of government before we determine which is the best form. Upon this point all speculative politicians will agree that the happiness of society is the end of government, as all divines and moral philosophers will agree that the happiness of the individual is the end of man....All sober inquirers after truth, ancient and modern, pagan and Christian, have declared that the happiness of man, as well as his dignity, consists in virtue."
--John Adams (Thoughts on Government, 1776); Reference: Papers of John Adams, Butterfield, ed., vol. 4 (86).
"You give me a credit to which I have no claim in calling me "the writer of the Constitution of the United States." This was not, like the fabled Goddess of Wisdom, the offspring of a single brain. It ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands."
--James Madison (letter to William Cogswell, 10 March 1834); Reference: Original Intent, Barton (204); original The Letters and other Writings of James Madison, Madison, vol. 4 (341-42).
Friday, April 6, 2007.
"May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy. "
--George Washington (letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, August 1790); Reference: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (548).
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