"It is the common fate of the indolent
to see their rights become prey to the active.
The conditions upon which God
hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance;
which condition if he break, servitude is at once the
consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt."
John Philpot Curran
(1750-1814) Irish Orator, Statesman, Judge
Speech on the Right of Election of Lord Mayor of Dublin, July 10, 1790
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Excellent, and seems to be relevant to the situation today.
 -- Dick Sinnott, Fort Pierce, FL     
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     -- herb, houston      
     -- watchman 13, USA      
    An eternal truth.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
  • 9
    A great observation
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
  • 8
    Indolence is inherently incompatible with Virtue, which itself is a concomitant of vigilance.
    Can a truly good man actually do nothing in the face of evil?
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
  • 5
    This quote deserves an endless amount of respect and praise.
     -- Mary - MI     
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     -- Ronw13, Idaho      
    "Eternal vigilance"  it's not optional...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
  • 2
     -- jim k, austin      
    It takes so much key board time to coordinate this mentally ill fellas observational  quote I don't have the time at this point, for instance calling the poor, indolent and the criminal, active. Mentally healthy are much more coordinated in their observations.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    As we witness happening today, eh? $33 trillion in debt and growing...

     -- Abby     
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