Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Fourth Installment of Random Quotations

12:30 p.m. / 12:30

I haven't done this in at least a year and a half, and actually there is a theme to these, but anyway without further ado, the quotations:

"Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called Conscience." -- George Washington

"Let the human mind loose. It must be loosed; it will be loose. Superstition and despotism cannot confine it." -- John Adams

"History, in general, only informs us what bad government is." -- Thomas Jefferson

"It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others." -- Thomas Jefferson

"No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it." -- Thomas Jefferson

"As to the Presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it." -- Martin Van Buren

" I have no hostility to foreigners... Having witnessed their deplorable condition in the old country, God forbid I should add to their sufferings by refusing them an asylum in this." -- Millard Fillmore

"God must have loved the plain people; he made so many of them." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented; and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort." -- Abraham Lincoln

"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike at him as hard as you can, and keep moving on." -- Ulysses Simpson Grant

"Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the State forever separate." -- Ulysses Simpson Grant

"I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error." -- James Abram Garfield

"Get action, do things; be sane, don't fritter away your time; create, act take place wherever you are and be somebody; get action." -- Theodore Roosevelt

(All taken from Presidential Wit and Wisdom by Jess Brallier and Sally Chabert)


George Washington had slaves.

Just sayin'.
Lincoln might have been the first president that didn't have slaves, but I'm really not certain about that.
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