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It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity, but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages. Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow-citizens.
–Adam Smith, 1776
Wealth of Nations: Book 1, Chapter 2


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
— Thomas Jefferson


“Where freedom is real, equality is the passion of the masses. Where equality is real, freedom is the passion of a small minority.”
–Eric Hoffer


“I consider the foundation of the [Federal] Constitution as laid on this ground: That “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.” [10th Amendment] To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specifically drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.”
–Thomas Jefferson; “Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank”[February 15, 1791]


“When I was a child, I thought like a child; I spoke like a child; I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. . .”
First Corinthians 13:11


“Grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins.”
–an Indian Prayer posted on my Aunt Hulda Prideaux’s refrigerator door.


A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson


I believe people are as they think. The choices we make in the next decade will mold irrevocably the direction of our culture . . . and the lives of our children.
–Francis A. Schaffer


Welcome to this website, a work in process dedicated to the thousands of students I have had the privilege of serving during the past decades. Now that I am semi-retired and think about what I have learned throughout my lifetime, I am grateful to have been born in America. In addition to providing up-to-date materials for my current students, I still continue my lifelong quest for intellectual prosperity. I will continue to add to my suggested reading lists and hope to engage people in debating current events and critically evaluating what they read. In the near future, I hope to add essays from some of my former students who are now pursuing their chosen careers.
–Janice Morris Kollitz