"...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
-2 Corinthians 3:17 (NASB)
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
You know what, I think I'm going to put this on the main page of my blog: (We'll see)
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." ~John Adams, "Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials" (December 1770).
I love the idea behind this, but its a bit wordy, so see if you can get it:
"Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency." ~James Madison, "Federalist Paper No 10" (November 22 1787)
We'll throw in one funny one for good measure: "My fellow Americans. I'm pleased to announce that I've signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in five minutes." ~Ronald Reagan.
He didn't seriously say that. According to Daniel Kurtzman, he made this joke during a mic check without knowing he was being broad-casted. I thought it was hilarious, and shows Reagan's light-hearted spirit. Apparently, someone didn't think it was that funny. Oh, well. I just think its important to be lighthearted every now and then. Just as long as you still understand what's really important.