Some parents live more like reclusive monks than like first-century Christians who were famous for their love for and service within their cities, cities that in many cases were more overtly wicked than cities found...
Where are our Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?
It was no accident that the beau ideal of his (John Adams’) political philosophy was balance, since he projected onto the world the conflicting passions he felt inside himself and regarded government as the balancing...
—Joseph J. Ellis
The generation of American men who fought the Second World War were too struck by the scale of the effort – and the stakes of the effort – to see the war as a stage...
To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn’t just part of our civic responsibility. To me, it’s an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art...
Let every man shovel out his own snow, and the whole city will be passable,” said Gamache. Seeing Beauvoir’s puzzled expression he added, “Emerson.””Lake and Palmer?””Ralph and Waldo.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
—John F. Kennedy
The state is a voluntary association of individuals designed to serve their individual interests. The state is not a faceless villain. The state is all of us. But freedom does not mean the freedom to...
The job facing American voters… in the days and years to come is to determine which hearts, minds and souls command those qualities best suited to unify a country rather than further divide it, to...
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Paying tax should be framed as a glorious civic duty worthy of gratitude – not a punishment for making money.
—Alain de Botton
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It...
Theodore Roosevelt’s father wrote him, “I fear for your future. We cannot stand so corrupt a government for any great length of time.
The people had once created the city. The city now created the people, or, more exactly, the people of Venice now identified themselves more in terms of the city. The private had become public.
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