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James Madison, James Oppenheim, Lord Byron


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"Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an ailment without which it

instantly expires. But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is

essential to political life, because it nourishes faction than it would be to

wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it

imparts to fire its destructive agency."

-- James Madison

(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President




"They can only set free men free ...

And there is no need of that:

Free men set themselves free."

-- James Oppenheim

(1882-1932), was an American poet, novelist, and editor

Source: The Slave




"The wish, which ages have not yet subdued

In man, to have no master save his mood."

-- Lord Byron

[George Gordon Noel Byron] (1788-1824), The 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale


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Great quotes. I like some of Jefferson's, compiled from this site: http://www.nobeliefs.com/jefferson.htm


Some of my favorites:



Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.


-Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782



Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.


-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787



Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.


-Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom


I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.


-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789


The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.


-Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814


So much for that "founded on christianity" bullshit the fundies say about the U.S.

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