Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Law of Nature and the Law of Revelation are Both Divine

James Wilson

James Wilson

“The law of nature and the law of revelation are both Divine: they flow, though in different channels, from the same adorable source. It is indeed preposterous to separate them from each other.” — James Wilson, 1804.

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There Is No Such Thing As An Equality of Condition

James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper

“There are numerous instances in which the social inequality of America may do violence to our notions of abstract justice, but the compromise of interests under which all civilized society must exist, renders this unavoidable. . . . If we would have civilization and the exertion indispensable to its success, we must have property; if we have property, we must have its rights; if we have the rights of property, we must take those consequences of the rights of property which are inseparable from the rights themselves.”

“The equality of rights in America, therefore, after allowing for the striking exception of domestic slavery, is only a greater extension of the principle [that] there is no such thing as an equality of condition.” — James Fenimore Cooper, “The American Democrat”, 1838

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It Is Not Honorable to Take Mere Legal Advantage…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“It is not honorable to take mere legal advantage, when it happens to be contrary to justice.” — Thomas Jefferson

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It Is of Great Importance to Set a Resolution… Never to Tell an Untruth

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him.” — Thomas Jefferson (1785)

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Tyranny, Like Hell, is Not Easily Conquered…

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, American Crisis, No. 1, 1776

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Free Government is Founded in Jealousy Not in Confidence…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.” — Thomas Jefferson, The Kentucky Resolutions, 1799

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Determine Never to Be Idle

Thomas & Martha Jefferson

Thomas & Martha Jefferson

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Martha Jefferson, 1787

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