Friday, October 2, 2009

Founders' Daily Quote(s): 9/28--10/2/09

Monday, September 28, 2009.
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." --Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1, 1776

Tue. 9/29.
We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our won Country's Honor, all call upon us for vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions." --George Washington, General Orders, 1776

Would General Petraeus get court-martialled for repeating these same words today?

Wed. 9/30.
Hey! Where did Wednesday's go? Hmm...

Thu. October 1, 2009.
"They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men." --John Adams, Novanglus No. 7, 1775

Fri. 10/2.
"I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people. It is the stale artifice which has duped the world a thousand times, and yet, though detected, it is still successful. I love liberty as well as anybody. I am proud of it, as the true title of our people to distinction above others; but ... I would guard it by making the laws strong enough to protect it." --Fisher Ames, letter to George Richard Minot, 1789

Source: Patriot Post.

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