Quotations and Inspirations
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
--Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It
is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
--William Pitt, 1783
In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward
to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
- The first is freedom of speech and
expression--everywhere in the world.
- The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his
own way--everywhere in the world.
- The third is freedom from want--which, translated into
world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to
every nation a healthy peacetime life for its
inhabitants--everywhere in the world.
- The fourth is freedom from fear--which, translated into
world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a
point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a
position to commit an act of physical aggression gainst any
neighbor--anywhere in the world.
--Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Congress, 6
To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the
propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful
--Thomas Jefferson, Bill for Religious
The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and ingrafted
into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine
against the civil and religious rights of man.
--Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah Moor, 1800
No religious reading, instruction or exercise, shall be prescribed
or practiced [in the elementary schools] inconsistent with the
tenets of any religious sect or denomination.
--Thomas Jefferson, Elementary School Act,
There has grown in the minds of certain groups in this country the
idea that just because a man or corporation has made a profit out
of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts
are charged with guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in
the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public
interest. This strange doctrine is supported by neither statue or
common law. Neither corporations or individuals have the right to
come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or
--Robert Heinlein, Life Line, 1939
The question of whether a computer can think is no more
interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
--Edsgar W. Dijkstra
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