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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Some quotes Relevant to the Current situation in Iraq from our founding Fathers

The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.
George Washington

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
George Washington


An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
Thomas Jefferson

Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
Thomas Jefferson

Delay is preferable to error.
Thomas Jefferson



Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
Thomas Jefferson

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson



I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
Thomas Jefferson

If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
Thomas Jefferson

The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
Thomas Jefferson

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
John Adams

Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
John Adams

Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
John Adams

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.
James Madison

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
James Madison



By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Benjamin Franklin

I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.
Benjamin Franklin

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
Benjamin Franklin

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Benjamin Franklin
The learned fool writes nonsense in better language that the unlearned - but it's still nonsense.
Benjamin Franklin

Those that won't be counseled can't be helped.
Benjamin Franklin

To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.
Benjamin Franklin

Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.
Benjamin Franklin


Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
Benjamin Franklin


When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?
Benjamin Franklin

Where sense is wanting, everything is wanting.
Benjamin Franklin

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
Benjamin Franklin




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