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Frederic Bastiat, Daniel Webster, Thomas Jefferson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


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"By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others."

-- Frederic Bastiat

(1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the French Revolution of February 1848

Source: his book, Economic Harmonies



"I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe ... Our destruction,

should it come at all, will be from another quarter. -- From the inattention

of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and

negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they

may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly

to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of

designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them

intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the

wrong, and they will apply the remedy."

-- Daniel Webster

(1782-1852), US Senator

Source: June 1, 1837; Works 1:403




"The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners

constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our

confederated fabric. They are construing our constitution from a coordination

of a general and special government to a general and supreme one alone. This

will lay all things at their feet... We shall see if they are bold enough to

take the daring stride their five lawyers have lately taken. If they do,

then... I will say, that 'against this every man should raise his voice,' and

more, should uplift his arm."

-- Thomas Jefferson

(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Source: (Letter to T. Ritchie, 1820). THE POLITICAL WRITINGS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON 152-153 (Dumbauld Ed. 1955)




"You will ruin no more lives as you ruined mine.

You will wring no more hearts as you wrung mine.

I will free the world of a poisonous thing.

Take that, you hound, and that! -- and that! -- and that! -- and that!"

-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

(1859-1930) Scottish author, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes

Source: The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, 1904




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