The War between the States… produced the foundation for the kind of government we have today: consolidated and absolute, based on the unrestrained will of the majority, with force, threats, and intimidation being the order of the day. Today’s federal government is considerably at odds with that envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. . [The War] also laid to rest the great principle enunciated in the Declaration of independence that ‘Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed’.
~ Walter E. Williams (1936- ) Columnist, Professor of Economics at George Mason University
Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
~ Anne Bradstreet
The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.
~Paul Johnson (1928- ) British Roman Catholic journalist, historian, speechwriter and author
One day posterity will remember these strange times, when ordinary common honesty was called courage.
~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933- ) Russian poet 1969