2018 March 16
"I shall not counsel or maintain any suit or
proceeding which shall appear to me to be unjust,
nor any defense except such as I believe to be
honestly debatable under the law of the land."
"Equal laws protecting equal rights -- the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country."
"The spirit of liberty is not merely, as multitudes imagine,
a jealousy of our own particular rights,
but a respect for the rights of others,
and an unwillingness that any man, whether high or low,
should be wronged and trampled under foot."
2018 March 15
"Liberty is one of the choicest gifts that heaven hath bestowed upon man, and exceeds in value all the treasures which the earth contains within its bosom, or the sea covers. Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable."
"He that is good, will infallibly become better,
and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse;
for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still."
"Our own heart,
and not other men's opinions
form our true honor."
2018 March 14
"The best way of avenging thyself
is not to become like the wrong-doer."
"He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country
who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power
and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any
office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man...
The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven,
let us become a virtuous people."
2018 March 13
"When we think of the past,
we forget the fools and remember the sage.
We reverse the process for our own time."
"In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds.
It will matter to us greatly on what side we fought."
"We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human
passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made
only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the
government of any other."
2018 March 12
"No person was ever honored for what he received.
Honor has been the reward for what he gave."
"It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate
the minds of our children and exalt their courage;
to accelerate and animate their industry and activity;
to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness,
abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and
an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue.
If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy,
they will grovel all their lives."
"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can
any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is
preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant,
and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own
weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders."