Sunday, December 8, 2013

Something Much to be Regretted

"It is much to be regretted, however common the case is, that men who possess talents which fit them for peculiar purposes should almost invariably be under the influence of an untoward disposition, or are sottish idle, or possessed of some other disqualification by which they plague all those with whom they are concerned."

~George Washington, letter to David Stuart, Philadelphia, November 20, 1791

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Region of Paradise

"“Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God...what a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be."

~ John Adams, diary entry for February 22, 1756

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Establishing the Principles of Secure Freedom

"Statesmen may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand."

~John Adams