Talk:Wendell Phillips

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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty[edit]

Apparently, wikipedia:John Philpot Curran said the same thing before -- de:VWM 23:19, 27 April 2008 (UTC)


  • Christianity is a battle not a dream.
  • Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
  • If you want to be an orator, first get your great cause.
  • Insurrection of thought always precedes insurrection of arms.
  • It is only liquid currents of thought that move men and the world.
  • Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.
  • Politics is but the common pulse-beat, of which revolution is the fever-spasm.
  • Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.
  • The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living.
  • The heart is the best reflective thinker.
  • The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future. (Inscription written on the National Archives building in Washington D.C.)
  • To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship.
  • To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.
  • Today it is not big business that we have to fear. It is big government.
  • Two kinds of men generally best succeed in political life; men of no principle, but of great talent; and men of no talent, but of one principle - that of obedience to their superiors.
  • We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.
  • What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.
  • Write on my gravestone: "Infidel, Traitor.", infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people.