Joseph Story

1779 - 1845

A Quote by Joseph Story on certainty, danger, destruction, existence, history, liberty, politics, religion, and truth

There is not a truth to be gathered from history more certain, or more momentous, than this: that civil liberty cannot long be separated from religious liberty without danger, and ultimately without destruction to both. Wherever religious liberty exists, it will, first or last, bring in and establish political liberty.

Joseph Story (1779 - 1845)

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A Quote by Joseph Story on experience and wisdom

Human wisdom is the aggregate of all human experience, constantly accumulating, selecting, and reorganizing its own materials.

Joseph Story (1779 - 1845)

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A Quote by Joseph Story on benevolence, charity, evil, exercise, forgiveness, good, heart, humility, imagination, judgment, learning, melancholy, men, mercy, persecution, pride, proof, purpose, religion, salvation, spirit, spirituality, teaching, vengean

How it is possible to imagine that a religion breathing the spirit of mercy and benevolence, teaching the forgiveness of injuries, the exercise of charity, and the return of good for evil, can be so perverted as to breathe the spirit of slaughter and persecution, of discord and vengeance, for differences of opinion, is a most unaccountable and extraordinary phenomenon. Still more extraordinary, that it should be the doctrine, not of base and wicked men merely seeking to cover up their own misdeeds, but of good men, seeking the way of salvation with uprightness of heart and purpose. It affords a melancholy proof of the infirmity of human judgment, and teaches a lesson of humility from which spiritual pride may learn meekness, and spiritual zeal a moderating wisdom.

Joseph Story (1779 - 1845)

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A Quote by Joseph Story on courtship, jealousy, and laws

I will not say with Lord Hale, that "The Law will admit of no rival" . . . but I will say that it is a jealous mistress, and requires a long and constant courtship. It is not to be won by trifling favors, but by lavish homage.

Joseph Story (1779 - 1845)

Source: The Value and Importance of Legal Studies, August 5, 1829

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A Quote by Joseph Story on influence, laws, liberty, patriotism, people, religion, and truth

Here shall the Press the People's right maintain, Unaw'd by influence and unbrib'd by gain; Here patriot Truth her glorious precepts draw, Pledg'd to Religion, Liberty, and Law.

Joseph Story (1779 - 1845)

Source: Motto of the "Salem Register." (Life of Story, Vol. i. p. 127.)

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