A Quote by Joseph Addison on contentment, good, men, privacy, and vices

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honoris a private station.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato

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A Quote by Jonathan Edwards on cities, community, concern, good, privacy, society, spirit, and welfare

A man of a right spirit is not a man of narrow and private views, but is greatly interested and concerned for the good of the community to which he belongs, and particularly of the city or village in which he resides, and for the true welfare of the society of which he is a member.

Jonathan Edwards (1703 - 1758)

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A Quote by John Selden on men, privacy, time, and understanding

The Hall was the place where the great lord used to eat . . . He ate not in private, except in time of sickness . . . Nay, the king himself used to eat in the Hall, and his lords sat with him, and he understood men.

John Selden

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A Quote by John Ruskin on books, horses, libraries, nations, and privacy

What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much do you think we spend altogether on our libraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses? [cars?]

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Source: Sesame and Lilies

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A Quote by John Perry Barlow on government, privacy, and trust

Of course, trusting the government with your privacy is like having a Peeping Tom install your window blinds.

John Perry Barlow (1947 -)

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A Quote by John Milton on children, language, music, poetry, and privacy

As children gath'ring pebbles on the shore. Or if I would delight my private hours With music or with poem, where so soon As in our native language can I find That solace?

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Regained. Book iv. Line 330.

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A Quote by John Gay on heaven, honor, kindness, mind, privacy, profit, resignation, and serenity

Give me, kind Heaven, a private station, A mind serene for contemplation! Title and profit I resign; The pot of honour shall be mine.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, Part ii. The Vulture, the Sparrow, and other Birds.

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A Quote by John Dryden on judgment, people, privacy, and security

For who can be secure of private right, If sovereign sway may dissolv'd by might? Nor is the people's judgment always true: The most may err as grossly as the few.

John Dryden (1631 - 1700)

Source: Absalom and Achitophel

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A Quote by John Burroughs on birds, feeling, home, nature, privacy, reflection, struggle, suffering, sympathy, and time

Nature comes home to one most when he is at home; the stranger and traveler finds her a stranger and traveler also. One's own landscape comes in time to be a sort of outlying part of himself; he has sowed himself broadcast upon it, and it reflects his own moods and feelings; he is sensitive to the verge of the horizon: cut those trees, and he bleeds; mar those hills, and he suffers. How has the farmer planted himself in his fields; builded himself into his stone walls, and evoked the sympathy of the hills by his struggle! This home feeling, this domestication of nature, is important to the observer. This is the birdlime with which he catches the bird; this is the private door that admits him behind the scenes.

John Burroughs (1837 - 1921)

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A Quote by John Adams on citizenship, constitution, defense, direction, discretion, government, individuality, laws, liberty, military, privacy, and support

To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States 475 (1787-1788)

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