"A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society." — Thomas Jefferson, 18th-century American Founding Father, early 19th-century U.S. president (letter to George Hammond, 1792)
"It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million of human beings, collected together, are not under the same moral laws which bind each of them separately." — Thomas Jefferson, 18th-century American Founding Father, early 19th-century U.S. president (letter to George Logan, 1816)
“But it was impossible to save the Great Republic. She was rotten to the heart. Lust of conquest had long ago done its work; trampling upon the helpless abroad had taught her, by a natural process, to endure with apathy the like at home; multitudes who had applauded the crushing of other people’s liberties, lived to suffer for their mistake in their own persons. The government was irrevocably in the hands of the prodigiously rich and their hangers-on; the suffrage was become a mere machine, which they used as they chose. There was no principle but commercialism, no patriotism but of the pocket.” — Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), 19th-century American humorist, author and journalist
"You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created." — Albert Einstein, 20th-century Swiss mathematician, physicist and public philosopher
"It is better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees." — Albert Camus, Nobel Prize-winning, 20th-century French "existentialist" novelist
"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done." — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 19th-century American poet
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” — Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century American civil rights leader
The value of a meaningful quote is this; they are the thoughts of an individual, that when read by others, often result in deeper thought being given to important concepts.
Rational Nation USA hopes you enjoyed this week quotes, and perhaps in some small measure you find them useful.
Bonus Quote of thew Week;
"No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking." — Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire, 18th-century French author, wit and philosopher