Principium Volume I, Book 3, Quote 439, 446, 448

439. (8-29-2009) When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.

- Frederic Bastiat – The Law, 1850

446. …liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith; …

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

448. (8-28-2009) The tie of language is perhaps the strongest and the most durable that can unite mankind. All the emigrants spoke the same tongue; they were all offsets from the same people. Born in a country which had been agitated for centuries by the struggles of faction, and in which all parties had been obliged in their turn to place themselves under the protection of the laws, their political education had been perfected in this rude school, and they were more conversant with the notions of right and principles of true freedom than the greater part of their European contemporaries.

- Alexis de Toqueville – Democracy in America, 1835

(These people he speaks of were the seeds of the United States.)ATJ

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