“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned — this is the sum of good government.”
~ THOMAS JEFFERSON, Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1801 ~
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
~ Harry S. Truman ~
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.”
~ Thomas Campbell ~
“An America which was not the land of promise, which was not informed by a prophetic outlook and a more or less constructive ideal, would not be the America bequeathed to us by our forefathers. In cherishing the promise of a better national future, the American is fulfilling rather than imperiling the substance of the national tradition….”
~ Herbert Croly, founder of the New Republic, in The Promise of American Life (1909) ~
Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not
Knows no release from little things:
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings.
How can Life grant us boon of living, compensate
For dull gray ugliness and pregnant hate
Unless we dare
The soul’s dominion? Each time we make a choice,
With courage to behold resistless day,
And count it fair.
~ Amelia Earhart (1897 – 1937) ~
“Honesty pays, but it don’t seem to pay enough to suit some people.”
~ Humorist F. M. Hubbard (1868 – 1930) ~
“When we listen to ‘the better angels of our nature,’ we find they celebrate the simple things, the basic things — such as goodness, decency, love, kindness. Greatness comes in simple trappings.”
~ Richard M. Nixon, from his 1969 Inaugural Address ~
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1794
Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1639
Harvard College is named for clergyman John Harvard.