January 21

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
2004
Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. ~ G. K. Chesterton
2005
An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. ~ Thomas Paine
2006
So far as prejudice, or prepossession of opinion prevails over our minds, in the same proportion, reason is excluded from our theory or practice. Therefore if we would acquire useful knowledge, we must first divest ourselves of those impediments and sincerely endeavor to search out the truth: and draw our conclusions from reason and just argument, which will never conform to our inclination, interest or fancy but we must conform to that if we would judge rightly. ~ Ethan Allen
2007
A revelation, that may be supposed to be really of the institution of God, must also be supposed to be perfectly consistent or uniform, and to be able to stand the test of truth... Reason therefore must be the standard by which we determine the respective claims of revelation; for otherwise we may as well subscribe to the divinity of the one as of the other, or to the whole of them, or to none at all. ~ Ethan Allen
2008
If the general government should persist in the measures now threatened, there must be war. It is painful enough to discover with what unconcern they speak of war and threaten it. They do not know its horrors. I have seen enough of it to make me look upon it as the sum of all evils. ~ Stonewall Jackson
2009

Suggestions

That which is above comprehension we cannot perceive to be contradictory, nor on the other hand can we perceive its rationality or consistency. ~ Ethan Allen (born January 21, 1738)

  • 3 InvisibleSun 11:37, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:42, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Was a revelation to be made known to us, it must be accommodated to our external senses, and also to our reason, so that we could come at the perception and understanding of it, the same as we do to that of things in general. We must perceive by our senses, before we can reflect with the mind. ~ Ethan Allen

  • 4 InvisibleSun 11:37, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 17:40, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

To suppose that God Almighty has confined his goodness to this world, to the exclusion of all others, is much similar to the idle fancies of some individuals in this world, that they, and those of their communion or faith, are the favorites of heaven exclusively; but these are narrow and bigoted conceptions, which are degrading to a rational nature, and utterly unworthy of God, of whom we should form the most exalted ideas. ~ Ethan Allen

  • 3 Kalki 08:18, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:46, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

It is bad policy to fear the resentment of an enemy. ~ Ethan Allen

  • 3 Kalki 08:18, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:46, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 1 Zarbon 18:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I yield to no man in sympathy for the gallant men under my command; but I am obliged to sweat them tonight, so that I may save their blood tomorrow. ~ Stonewall Jackson

  • 3 Kalki 08:18, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 23:46, 20 January 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 because this is another excellent quote. Fight with bravery and everything you've got so that tomorrow you may rest. A princely quote. Zarbon 18:33, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I am convinced that in times such as these, every man must be a soldier, in substance as well as in name. ~ Seishirō Itagaki

  • 3 Zarbon 05:06, 19 June 2008 (UTC)