Sunday, August 5, 2007

Daily Quote 7/30/2007--8/3/2007

Monday, July 30, 2007.
"No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous."

--Benjamin Franklin and George Whaley (Principles of Tade, 1774); Reference: The Works of Benjamin Franklin, Sparks, ed., vol. 2 (401).

Tue. 7/31/07.
"Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen, people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue."

--Thomas Jefferson (Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 17, 1781); Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (290).

Wed. August 1, 2007.
"Although in the circle of his friends, where he might be unreserved with safety, he took a free share in conversation his colloquial talents were not above mediocrity, possessing neither copiousness of ideas, nor fluency of words. In public, when called on for a sudden opinion, he was unready, short and embarrassed."

--Thomas Jefferson (on George Washington in a letter to Dr. Walter Jones, 2 January 1814); Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (1319).

Say What?!

Thu. 8/2/07.
"Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others."

--Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 34, 4 January 1788); Reference: The Federalist.

Fri. 8/3/07.
"The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union."

--Thomas Jefferson (letter to William Johnson, 1823); Reference: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Lipscomb and Bergh, eds., 15:451.

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