But he doesn’t look all that happy, does he?
Since I seem to be into quotes today, here are some from Washington. On reading the entire page, I can’t help but be impressed, once again, by the ability of the Founders to distill to their very essence the dilemmas about liberty and government that still face us today.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.
This next one may surprise some people, but those who have studied what the Founders actually meant by separation of church and state will probably not find it contradictory:
It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
This next one seems particularly apropos, especially after yesterday’s post about depriving people of autonomy in the name of “helping” them (note the gracefulness and economy of expression, too):
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
And for those who find themselves losing heart, remember this:
Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.
[ADDENDUM: Caveat—“Kentucky Packrat” writes that some of these quotes are suspect and may not have come from Washington. I’ve noticed that happens a lot with quotes from famous people; some of the most famous cannot be reliably authenticated.]