Thursday, October 30, 2008

Depressing Quotation of the Day

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."

Thanks a lot, John Adams, and happy birthday to you too.

~CKL

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4 Comments:

At October 30, 2008 12:24 PM, Blogger LC said...

Where'd you stumble on the quote?

 
At October 30, 2008 2:08 PM, Blogger CKL said...

It was in today's Writer's Almanac newsletter.

 
At October 30, 2008 3:41 PM, Blogger Skott said...

What experience did he base that on? Modern democracy hadn't been around that long...

 
At October 30, 2008 5:40 PM, Blogger CKL said...

Well, according to the Library of Congress, the quote is from a letter Adams wrote in April of 1814.

I'd guess he was reaching back to ancient Greece or Rome, but dammit, Jim, I'm just a blogger, not a political historian. :)

 

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