Apr 11, 2007

The Quote Shelf

Medieval text with Latin script A frequent feature on this site; feel free to comment on the quote or to supply a competing quote.

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. --Thomas Paine


microdot said...

A brilliant quote, right up there with Voltaire's "I may detest what you say but I will defend your right to say it with my life!"
The late 1700's was an era that for a few short moments, truth was crystal clear.
For my generation, the question was...
"It takes only 5 minutes to decide...are you part of the problem or are you psrt of the solution?"
Of course, truth not being so crystal clear in the mid 60's, many people couldn't decide as to what exactly was the problem and what might be the solution.....
If you go to my bog, thebrainpolice, I have a post that is a challenge and a little breath of spring....
Wild Orchids 2007!

maildad said...

Benjamin Rush said-
There is in man a native preference of truth to fiction. Lord Shaftesbury says that "truth is so congenial to our mind that we love even the shadow of it"; and Horace, in his rules for composing an epic poem, established the same law in our natures by advising that "fictions in poetry should resemble truth." Now, the Bible contains more truth than any other book in the world; so true is the testimony that it bears of God in His works of creation, providence, and redemption that it is called truth itself