Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Weakness and Imperfection

"No man is entirely free from weakness and imperfection in this life. Men of the most exalted genius and active minds are generally most perfect slaves to the love of fame. They sometimes descend to as mean tricks and artifices in pursuit of honor or reputation as the miser descends to in pursuit of gold."

~John Adams,diary entry; February 19th, 1756

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Leisure and Laziness

“Methinks I hear some of you say, must a man afford himself no leisure? I will tell thee, my friend, what Poor Richard says, employ thy time well if thou meanest to gain leisure; and, since thou art not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour. Leisure is time for doing something useful; this leisure the diligent man will obtain, but the lazy man never; so that, as Poor Richard says, a life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things."

Benjamin Franklin; 1757

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On Liberty

"Liberty is to faction, what air is to fire, an aliment, without which it instantly expires. But it could not be a less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency."

Federalist No. 10 Publius (James Madison)

November 22, 1787

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Knowledge is Essential

"Freedom can exist only in the society of Knowledge. Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights, and where learning is confined to a few people, liberty can be neither equal or universal."

Benjamin Rush

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

An Unjust Government

"That is not a just government, nor is property secure under it, where arbitrary restrictions, exemptions, and monopolies deny to part of its citizens that free use of their faculties, and free choice of their occupations."

“Property” James Madison March 29, 1792