Archive for October 4th, 2012


such a sort of government

Upon the whole, I cannot help saying—although I have never entered into the mysteries of government, having applied myself to my shop and my business—that it always seemed strange to me that people who contend so  much for civil and religious liberty should be so ready to deprive others of their natural liberty…

If one set of private subjects may at any time take upon themselves to punish another set of private subjects just when they please, it’s such a sort of government as I never heard of before; and according to my poor notion of government, this is one of the principle things which government is designed to prevent.

Theophilus Lillie (Loyalist and shopkeeper), quoted in David McCullough, 1776, p. 101. (1776)


the future

Future: That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)


too good

Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character. You’re too good for schadenfreude, you’re too good for gossip and snark, you’re too good for intolerance—and since you’re walking into the middle of a presidential election, it’s worth mentioning that you’re too good to think people who disagree with you are your enemy.

Aaron Sorkin, Syracuse Commencement Address (2012)

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