“Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, They may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies.”John Adams, Letter to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June 1776.
Do not say / “I love her for her smile — her look — her way / Of speaking gently, — for a trick of thought / That falls in well with mine, and certes brought / A sense of pleasant ease on such a day” — / For these things in themselves, Beloved, may / Be changed, or change for thee, — and love, so wrought, / May be unwrought so.Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese, XIV
The only gift is a portion of thyself. Thou must bleed for me. Therefore the poet brings his poem; the shepherd, his lamb; the farmer, corn; the miner, a gem; the sailor, coral and shells; the painter, his picture; the girl, a handkerchief of her own sewing. This is right and pleasing, for it restores society in so far to its primary basis, when a man’s biography is conveyed in his gift.Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay V
The epicure Gassendi used to offer Descartes the humorous greeting: ‘O Soul!’ And Descartes would reply: ‘O Flesh!’ Yet it is neither the spirit alone nor the body alone that loves: It is man, the person, a unified creature composed of body and soul, who loves.Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 5