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Arthur Latham Perry

“The Greek writer, Aristotle, quoted some centuries before Christ from ‘the African,’ probably some Carthaginian writer on agriculture, the now familiar saying, ‘the best manure for the land is the foot of the owner.’ This homely word long attributed to Dr. Franklin, who stole it for his ‘Poor Richard’s Almanack’


Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all. Aristotle, Politics, Book One.


The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. Master Kong, The Analects, fourth chapter.

Henry David Thoreau

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. Henry David Thoreau, journal, Nov. 11, 1850, presumably playing off of rumors of dairymen diluting their product with water during a milk shortage.

Patrick Henry

Suspicion is a virtue as long as its object is the public good, and as long as it stays within proper bounds. . . . Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Patrick Henry, Virginia Ratifying Convention (June 5, 1788), speech regarding the

Guido Mantega

Today we are practically living a trade war, a currency war because the exchange rate today is one of the important factors to determine the competitiveness or not of products. Generalized currency depreciation in my view is an explicit strategy used by countries and that threatens us. Guido Mantega, “The


When a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are things to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honor are things to be ashamed of. Master Kong, The Analects, eighth chapter.

John Taylor

I renounce the idea sometimes advanced that the state governments ever were or continue to be, sovereign or unlimited. If the people are sovereign, their governments cannot also be sovereign. John Taylor of Caroline, Construction Construed, and Constitutions Vindicated (1820).


When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Master Kong, The Analects, fourth chapter, James Legge translation (1893).

John Taylor

We must reason from a comparison between general or universal facts, and not from a contemplation of temporary exceptions, to come at truth; and when we discover that an absolute power over property, though occasionally exercised for the attainment of praise-worthy ends, is yet constantly attended by general evils, infinitely

Herbert Spencer

Officialism is habitually slow. When non-governmental agencies are dilatory, the public has its remedy: it ceases to employ them and soon finds quicker ones. Under this discipline all private bodies are taught promptness. But for delays in State-departments there is no such easy cure. . . . [O]fficialism is stupid. Under the natural

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