Friday, November 05, 2010

Quotation of the day

We may please ourselves with the prospect of free and popular governments. But there is great danger that those governments will not make us happy. God grant they may. But I fear that in every assembly, members will obtain an influence by noise not sense. By meanness, not greatness. By ignorance, not learning. By contracted hearts, not large souls ... —John Adams, from a letter dated April 22, 1776, while serving in the First Continental Congress

(Source: John Adams by David McCullough, here. As mentioned in a letter to the editor in the Times this morning. )

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