Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I'm a big fan of quotes

I love reading old books of quotes.  They are full of wisdom that many will never consider because most folks will never read them.  If you like these please link or steal them.  Wisdom needs to be spread across America.

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
                                                            Edmond Burke
                                                            Speech at House of Commons
                                                            7 Feb 1771

We have sometimes been tempted to define democracy as an institution in which the whole is equal to the scum of all the parts.
                                                            Keith Preston
                                                            Pot Shots for Pegasus

Power on an ancient consecrated throne,
Strong in possession, founded in old custom;
Power by a thousand tough and stringy roots,
Fixed to the people’s pious nursery-faith.
                                                            Wallenstein Act 4, sc 4

If one is looking for rebels, one looks for principled men.
                                                            Leto II
                                                            God Emperor of Dune

Men, by their constitutions, are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes.  2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise, depository of the public interest…. In every country these two parties exist…. The appellation of Aristocrats and Democrats is the true one, expressing the essence of all.
                                                            Thomas Jefferson
                                                            Writings  Vol 14, p. 73

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