My Country Has In Its Wisdom Contrived For Me The Most Insignificant Office That Ever The Invention Of Man Contrived Or His Imagination Conceived.
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My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office
that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
-- John Adams (1735-1826) 2nd US President, 1789 letter written when he was VP.
The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles?
The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country.
God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth
o that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say...
The Church of Rome has made it an article of faith that no man can be saved out of their church
and all other religious sects approach this dreadful opinion in proportion to their ignorance, and the influence of ignorant or wicked priests....
The Revolution was effected before the war commenced.
The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people...
That this gentleman [President John Adams] ought not to be the object of the federal wish, is, with me, reduced to demonstration.
His administration has already very materially disgraced and sunk the government....
Every answer he [President John Adams] gives to his addressers unmasks more and more his principles and views.
His language to the young men at Philadelphia is the most abominable and degrading that could fall from the lips of the first magistrate of an independent people, and particularly from a Revolutionary patriot....
But the greatest of all reformers of the depraved religion of his own country was Jesus of Nazareth.
Abstracting what is really his from the rubbish in which it is buried, easily distinguished by its lustre from the dross of his biographers, and as separable as the diamond from the dunghill, we have the outlines of a system of the most sublime morality which has ever fallen from the lips of ma...
Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.
-- G. O. Ashley...