Abraham Lincoln’s encouraging vision of “government of the people, by the people, for the people” raised hopes that have never been realized. But his name can no longer be used to justify the error that he could not have foreseen in 1863. He could not have envisaged that, a century
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. Proverbs 3:31, King James Version
In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of a defeat; but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in in progress to victory.
He who rejects liberty has no faith in human nature.
A journalistic purpose could be someone with a Xerox machine in a basement.
Government is a very great consumer, living not on its profits but on its revenues.
Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be: why then should we desire to be deceived? Bishop Butler, epigraph for The Moral Economy (1909) by Ralph Barton Perry.
Where there is a lull of truth, an institution springs up. But the truth blows right on over it, nevertheless, and at length blows it down.
‘DO NOT GOVERN TOO MUCH,’ is a maxim which should be placed in large letters over the speaker’s chair in all legislative bodies. The old proverb, ‘too much of a good thing is good for nothing,’ is most especially applicable to the present time, when it would appear, from the
We live in this extraordinary age in which a butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the planet truly can create a tornado on the other—but only if the butterfly then sets up a website. Jacky Colliss Harvey, Red: A History of the Redhead (2015).
There is a Passion natural to the Mind of man, especially a free Man, which renders him impatient of Restraint.