Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) was an American lecturer, poet, essayist and leader of the Transcendentalist movement. Nearly 1,500 Emerson’s public lectures have been published. In his essay from 1836, Emerson formulated his transcendental philosophy of nature. His basic ideas were freedom, individuality, relationship between the human soul and its environment, and the ability…

The Aim of Public Education

The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. – H.L. Mencken

George Mason Quotes

George Mason (1725-1792), an American statesman and patriot, was one of the U.S. Founding Fathers, also known as “the father of the Bill of Rights”. Mason insisted on adding individual rights and explicit States rights to the Constitution. The first ten amendments resulted from Mason’s efforts. The ten amendments were based on Mason’s Virginia Declaration…

Today’s so-called conservatives don’t even know what the word means.

“Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the religious right. It’s not a conservative issue at all.” –…