Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Taft on Enthusiasm for a Cause

Might some Europeans benefit from heeding the advice of William Howard Taft, America's 27th US president and 10th Chief Justice (1857-1930) whose birthday it is today?
Don't worry over what the newspapers say. I don't. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents — but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea.

Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.

Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man

Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment

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