I am not protesting against the conduct of the war, but against the political errors and insincerities for which the fighting men are being sacrificed.
God has given a great deal to man, but man would like something from man.
Infancy is what is eternal, and the rest, all the rest, is brevity, extreme brevity.
Character is the starting point from which we go on. When I say a man has character, I mean that when you go to that man and say, ‘What are the facts in this case?’ he will tell you the truth, justly, truly, and wisely as he knows, with the minimum of exhibitionism and the maximum of devotion to the common cause.
And now there is merely silence, silence, silence, saying all we did not know.
Patrick Henry aligned himself against ratification. So did Richard Henry Lee.
He who does not fill his world with phantoms remains alone.
The incurably suspicious Arthur Lee, youngest brother of Richard Henry, was of opinion that what others termed ‘errors’ in the Constitution were a deliberate scheme to create an oligarchy.
But only God can make a tree.
History is, in its essentials, the science of change. It knows and it teaches that it is impossible to find two events that are ever exactly alike, because the conditions from which they spring are never identical.