Daily Quote 4/30-5/4/2007
"And you will, by the dignity of your Conduct, afford occasion for Posterity to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining."
--George Washington (The Newburgh Address, 2 January 1783); Reference: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (221).
Tuesday, May 1, 2007.
"Constitutions of civil government are not to be framed upon a calculation of existing exigencies, but upon a combination of these with the probable exigencies of ages, according to the natural and tried course of human affairs. Nothing, therefore, can be more fallacious than to infer the extent of any power, proper to be lodged in the national government, from an estimate of its immediate necessities."
--Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 34, 4 January 1788); Reference: The Federalist.
"I believe a time will come when an opportunity will be offered to abolish this lamentable evil. Everything we do is to improve it, if it happens in our day; if not, let us transmit to our descendants, together with our slaves, a pity for their unhappy lot and an abhorrence of slavery."
--Patrick Henry (letter to Robert Pleasants, 18 January 1773); Reference: The Spirit of 'Seventy-Six, Henry Commager and Richard Morris, 402.
"It is the right as well as the duty of all men in society, publicly and at stated seasons, to worship the Supreme Being, the great Creator and Preserver of the universe. And no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religion profession of sentiments; provided he doth not disturb the public peace, or obstruct others in their religious worship...."
Massachusetts Bill of Rights, Part the First, 1780; Reference: Documents of American History, Commager, ed., vol. 1 (107).
"I have sometimes asked myself whether my country is the better for my having lived at all? I do not know that it is. I have been the instrument of doing the following things; but they would have been done by others; some of them, perhaps, a little better."
--Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson, on Jefferson, in, 1800); Reference: resp. quoted.
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