Quotations for State Senate Walls

The senate chamber in the state house is under reconstruction and there is a thought to add highly memorable quotations from Massachusetts people to the walls.

There are locations for three 80 character quotations. If you have suggestions, please offer them as comments on this post and I will forward them to the historians and others who are doing the vetting and selection.

Please include not only the 80 character saying, but the identify and any background information on the source.

Please respond by Monday, March 12.

Published by Will Brownsberger

Will Brownsberger is State Senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District.

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  1. “Hot Dogs And Applesauce!”
    -Rob Potylo
    Boston Comedian/Musician who has sang this song at many protests/ABC’s The Gong Show, and is a local Boston artist.

  2. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority , it is time to pause and reflect !! “Mark Twain”

  3. The “hooker” entrance to the State House was actually named after Civil War General Joseph Hooker and for no other reason!
    Quoted by many.

  4. John F. Kennedy

    And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

    Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

  5. John Adams

    Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

    Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

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

  6. “Thou shalt not follow a multitude into evil.”

    –New Testament

    “We should never negotiate out of fear, but we should never fear to negotiate.”

    —John F. Kennedy

    “Nobody has a right to strike against the public at any time.”

    —Calvin Coolidge

  7. “It is easier to throw stones than it is to build something” Mayor Thomas Michael Menino during the BPS school assignment reconfiguration discussions. It gave me a way to approach public policy- trying to come up with solutions to problems and not just criticize. I love this quote- it changed my life.

  8. Daniel Webster

    God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.

    1. No Please.
      God Alla and all the rest, thought there may well be good intentions, grant no one liberty or anything else.
      We have to discus amongst ourselves and make it so.

  9. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

  10. Those words, temperate and moderate, are words either of political cowardice, or of cunning, or seduction. A thing, moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper, is always a virtue; but moderation in principle, is a species of vice.
    Thomas Paine

  11. Louisa May Alcott

    We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.

  12. This is from Rumi (who was not from Massachusetts) but it would work well on the wall of an institution of democracy: “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
    ? Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi

  13. Not all those who wander are lost.

    All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

    Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.

    J R R Tolkien

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