Wednesday, March 10, 2004


From a quote in the artwork of the John Adams Building (Library of Congress) Main Reading Room:

The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches. We must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. It takes time to presuade men to do even what is for their own good.

Depends what your definition of is is.

Another way of saying this: progress can only be made inch by inch, except in periodic episodes marked by crises, which allow for revolutions in the organization of social institutions.


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