I’m reading a book about Elizabeth Schuyler and it’s got me on a Founding Fathers kick. Unending props to Lin Manuel Miranda for sparking a patriotic awakening.
Here are some profound little gems I’ve enjoyed as of late.
Founding Fathers Quotes:
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” – George Washington
“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” -Thomas Jefferson
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – John Adams
“Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.” – John Adams
“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” – Ben Franklin
“Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.” – Ben Franklin
“I have no interest in competing with anyone. I hope we all make it.” – Erica Cook
“The truth is that anything significant that happens in math, science, or engineering is the result of heightened intuition and creativity. This is art by another name, and it’s something that tests are not very good at identifying or measuring.” -Sal Khan
A longstanding favorite of mine:
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places- and there are so many- where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
Also, have you read the book the Four Agreements? It’s my new Bible. The ideas are a little oversimplified, but it’s a good read.
Hope you’re having a great week! Go Warriors!