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.
The good historian is like the giant of the fairy tale. He knows that wherever he catches the scent of human flesh, there his quarry lies.
The ABC of our profession is to avoid these large abstract terms in order to try to discover behind them the only concrete realities, which are human beings.
Those who gave away their wings are sad not to see them fly.
Who writes poetry imbibes honey from the poisoned lips of life.
In me the tiger sniffs the rose.