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John Randolph of Roanoke: “sacrificing some great principle of government to temporary passion”

31 August 2015

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“I have said, on a former occasion, and if I were Philip, I would employ a man to say it every day, that the people of this country, if ever they lose their liber­ties, will do it by sacrificing some great principle of government to temporary passion. There are certain great principles, which if they be not held inviolate, at all seasons, our liberty is gone. If we give them up, it is perfectly immaterial what is the character of our Sovereign; whether he be King or President, elec­tive or hereditary—it is perfectly immaterial what is his character—we shall be slaves. It is not an elective government which will preserve us.”
– John Randolph of Roanoke

Nikolai Velimirovich: “The Church … has had the most dramatic history in the world”

29 August 2015

Nikolai Velimirovich

“The Church, inclusive in wisdom, has had the most dramatic history in the world. Struggling against Patriotism, she pleaded for humanity; and struggling against Imperialism, she pleaded for spirituality. And again: struggling against heretics, she pleaded for unity, and struggling against worldly philosophers, she pleaded for a sacred and pragmatic wisdom. She looked sometimes defeated and on her knees before her enemies, but she rose again and again like the phoenix from its ashes.”

– St. Nikolai Velimirovich, in Agony of the Church

Metropolitan Hilarion: “Wealth in and of itself cannot prevent one from entering the Heavenly Kingdom”

29 August 2015

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“Wealth in and of itself cannot prevent one from entering the Heavenly Kingdom, just as poverty in and of itself does not guarantee entry thereto. The Heavenly Kingdom is granted to those who are able to share their wealth with others and to direct it to good deeds. The Kingdom of God is granted not to those who are simply poor in material terms, but to those who are “poor in spirit,” who “hunger and thirst after righteousness,” and are “pure in heart,” as the Gospel tells us.”
– Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

John C. Calhoun: “A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves”

29 August 2015

John C. Calhoun

“A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.”

– John C. Calhoun, in a speech given on 27 May 1836

Barsanuphius of Optina: “But believers must not be despondent”

28 August 2015

Barsanuphius of Optina

“You need not be despondent. Let those be despondent who do not believe in God. For them sorrow is burdensome, of course, because besides earthly enjoyment they have nothing. But believers must not be despondent, for through sorrows they receive the right of sonship, without which is impossible to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

– St. Barsanuphius of Optina

Justin Martyr: “A fire was suddenly kindled in my soul”

28 August 2015

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“A fire was suddenly kindled in my soul. I fell in love with the prophets and these men who had loved Christ; I reflected on all their words and found that this philosophy alone was true and profitable. That is how and why I became a philosopher. And I wish that everyone felt the same way that I do.”

– St. Justin the Philosopher (Justin Martyr), Dialog with Tyrpho

“Manliness remains indomitable”

27 August 2015

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“There is all the difference in the world between using violence aggressively and using it defensively. As Bill Buckley used to say: One man pushes an old lady into the path of a truck. Another man pushes her out of the path of the truck. Are we to say there’s no difference between them because they both push old ladies around?”

And this

“Men have been defamed and devalued in our society for decades. Their high spirits are punished in schools. Their natural protectiveness has been scorned as sexism.

The passengers on that French train are surely grateful that some manliness remains indominatable.”

 

– Mona Cheren, in The National Review

 

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