Tag Archives: Opinion

First Principles: Truth Can Stand For Itself

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” – Thomas Jefferson (1781)      

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First Principles: May We Ever Endeavor To Be Friends Despite Our Differences

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” – Thomas Jefferson (1800)        

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Thought For the Day: Our Hearts and Not the Opinions of Others Form Our Honor

“Our own heart, and not other men’s opinions, form our true honor.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)    

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Thought For the Day: Dogma Demands Authority and Breeds Systematic Hatred

“Dogma demands authority, rather than intelligent thought, as the source of opinion; it requires persecution of heretics and hostility to unbelievers; it asks of its disciples that they should inhibit natural kindness in favor of systematic hatred.” — Bertrand Russell … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Manners – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have previously discussed Emerson as well as his series of famous essays.  It would be of some worth to go back and review this material.  For the time being, I would like to recommend the following as a great … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Constitution Is Based On the Wisdom of the Ages

“In the formation of our constitution the wisdom of all ages is collected — the legislators of antiquity are consulted, as well as the opinions and interests of the millions who are concerned. It short, it is an empire of … Continue reading

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