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James Wilson, signer of our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, and was one of the first Supreme Court Justices. His wisdom should be acknowledged: Posted 4-28-07
"The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it."
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James Wilson, Posted 5-5-07
Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.
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James Wilson, Posted 5-10-07
It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for their usefulness, their respectability and happiness. Source of quote
Reference: Vindicating the Founders, West (100); original Works, Wilson,
James Wilson, Posted 5-22-07
"The law of nature and the law of revelation are both Divine: they flow, though in different channels, from the same adorable source. It is indeed preposterous to separate them from each other."
James Wilson (of the Law of Nature, 1804) Reference: The Works of the Honourable James Wilson, Wilson, ed., vol. 1 (120)
James Wilson,Posted 6-25-07
"The most important consequence of marriage is, that the husband and the wife become in law only one person... Upon this principle of union, almost all the other legal consequences of marriage depend. This principle, sublime and refined, deserves to be viewed and examined on every side."
-- James Wilson (Of the Natural Rights of Individuals, 1792)
Reference: The Works of James Wilson, Andrews, ed., vol. 1 (324)
James Wilson,Posted 7-3-07
"Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness."
The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily 11-03-04
"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."
-- Sir Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) Source
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