25 March 2011

Quotes for today: Ulysses Grant and Edmund Burke

When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of the oppression, if they are strong enough, either by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th US President
We are certainly strong enough. We may even be angry enough, in an inchoate way. But Grant failed to mention the essential ingredient: courage.

The Anglo-Irish statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797) described two ways that courage might be undermined:
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its power of acting and reasoning as fear.
All who have ever written on government are unanimous, that among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.

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