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Henry David Thoreau, Noah Webster, Thomas Jefferson


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"The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls --

the worst man is as strong as the best at that game;

it does not depend on what kind of paper

you drop into the ballot-box once a year,

but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber

into the street every morning."

-- Henry David Thoreau


Source: Slavery in Massachusetts (1854)




"In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the

particular sect or denomination of the candidate -- look at his character. It

is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that

religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for

political stations. But the scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct

that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, men of truth, hating

covetousness. It is to the neglect of this rule that we must ascribe the

multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, speculations and embezzlements of public

property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our

country and which disgrace our government. When a citizen gives his vote to a

man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he not only

sacrifices his own responsibility; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but

that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country."

-- Noah Webster

(1758-1843) American patriot and scholar, author of the firstdictionary of American English usage (1806) and the author of the 1828edition of the dictionary that bears his name.




"Choice by the people themselves is not

generally distinguished for its wisdom."

-- Thomas Jefferson

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

Source: 1776, Jefferson’s Literary Commonplace Book, Wilson, ed., 1989, p. 11.


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