Monday, July 6, 2009

Independance Day Readings

George Washington, Farewell Address
“The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism, more than an appellation derived from local discriminations…You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together. The independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts, of common dangers, suffering.”

Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, and among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

James Fenimore Cooper, The American Democrat
“The ability to discriminate between that which is true and that which is false is one of the last attainments of the human mind.”

Abraham Lincoln
“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”

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