February 5: U.S. Presidents

February 5
U.S. Presidents

98.
You are a den of vipers and thieves, and I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out. If Congress has the right to issue paper money, it was given them to be used by themselves, and not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.
~President Andrew Jackson’s address to Congress (1829)

99.
History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.
~President James Madison, 4th President of the United States (1809–1817)

100.
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
~President Thomas Jefferson

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February 5: Physicists

February 5
Physicists

98.
In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it.
~John Archibald Wheeler

99.
The questions worth asking, in other words, come not from other people but from nature, and are for the most part delicate things easily drowned out by the noise of everyday life.
~Robert B. Laughlin

100.
Behind it all is surely an idea so simple, so beautiful, that when we grasp it − in a decade, a century, or a millennium − we will all say to each other, how could it have been otherwise? How could we have been so stupid?
~John Archibald Wheeler. John Archibald Wheeler (1911 – 2008) was an eminent American theoretical physicist. One of the later collaborators of Albert Einstein, he tried to achieve Einstein’s vision of a unified field theory. He is also known for having coined the terms “black hole” and “wormhole” and the phrase “it from bit.”

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February 5: “Icarus” by Day Williams

ICARUS
His wings had touched
The stars,
Or so he felt
And he had looked down
And proclaimed himself
Endless heroes.
When the wax melted,
His proclamations
Were weights on wings
of melting wax:
His father had said, “Beware−
Beware how high you fly,
My son, my son . . .”

 

February 5: Law and Lawyers: Crimes and Criminals

February 5
Crimes and Criminals

 

98.

Criminal: A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.

~Howard Scott  (1926–   )

99.

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

~Voltaire (1694–1778)

100.

Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.

~W. H. Auden (1907–1973), poet