Friday, August 14, 2009

I Found Your Father

Lillybainne has been tossing around some quotes from the founding fathers lately. I've been thinking about them so I figured, in case you needed something to fill your gazing-into-the-middle-distance moments today you might be able to use these.

"Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear."

- Thomas Jefferson

"A mob's a monster, heads enough but no brains."

- Ben Franklin

And this last one has been on a poster in the subway for months now just screaming at me to think about it, think about it and think about it some more. So I do.

"If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it."

- Abraham Lincoln


  1. That Thomas Jefferson quote is one of Glenn Beck's favorites.

  2. Yeah, so? It's Thomas Motherfucking Jefferson, the man who wrote the founding words of our country which we are all purporting to be defending, it should be EVERYONE'S favorite. What possible reason could you have for coming over here and saying that except to thumb your nose at me as though you're a three-year-old?

    I think it's lovely that Beck likes Jefferson. Me too.

    So there you go, if you wanted to piss someone off you did it. Just not the way you were trying for.

  3. Actually, no, I wasn't trying to piss anyone off. I was just making an observation. It'd been quite some time since I had heard or seen that quote, and then I caught Beck saying it the other day, and then I see it again mere days later from you.

    As you said, it's Thomas Jefferson, a man anybody should admire, regardless of which side of the political spectrum you subscribe to.

    And that particular quote is one everybody should take to heart, because everybody should be questioned, regardless of political affiliation, religious affiliation, etc, etc, etc.

    My apologies for pissing you off. Once again, that was no the intent.

  4. Miflohny10:35 PM

    Admired except for, you know, the slave holding thing. And especially for knowing the evils of slavery, but being unable to live modestly. Had he been able to live modestly, he would have been able to actually free his slaves. But he was so much in debt that it was impossible ...

    I certainly don't live up to all my ideals. But no one's making monuments to my life either :-)

  5. Falcon, I reserve the right to to not believe that was your sole intention, respectfully.

    Miclohny, I'm going to assume that you understand I meant his words given the context of this discussion.

  6. Well, seeing as I highly doubt I can change your mind about me, Kizz, I'll just leave it at a sincerely respectful "fair enough."

  7. Anonymous4:41 PM

    I just posted the Thomas Jefferson quote on my Facebook Wall. Thanks!