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Chad Walsh, Daniel Webster, Mark Van Doren

"From the utopian viewpoint, the United States constitution is a singularly hard-bitten and cautious document, for it breathes the spirit of skepticism about human altruism and incorporates a complex system of checks, balances and restrictions, so that everybody is holding the reins on everybody else."
-- Chad Walsh
Source: From Utopia to Nightmare, 1962
http://libertytree.ca/quotes/Chad.Walsh.Quote.15EE


"The Constitution was made to guard the people
against the dangers of good intentions."
-- Daniel Webster
(1782-1852) US Senator
http://libertytree.ca/quotes/Daniel.Webster.Quote.C5F2


"An unexamined idea, to paraphrase Socrates, is not worth having
and a society whose ideas are never explored for possible error
may eventually find its foundations insecure."
-- Mark Van Doren
(1894-1972) Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, professor, and critic
Source: Manís Right to Knowledge, 1954
http://libertytree.ca/quotes/Mark.Van.Doren.Quote.3125


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