Thursday, October 30, 2008

Depressing Quotation of the Day

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

Thanks a lot, John Adams, and happy birthday to you too.

~CKL

4 comments:

LC said...

Where'd you stumble on the quote?

Unknown said...

It was in today's Writer's Almanac newsletter.

Skott said...

What experience did he base that on? Modern democracy hadn't been around that long...

Unknown said...

Well, according to the Library of Congress, the quote is from a letter Adams wrote in April of 1814.

I'd guess he was reaching back to ancient Greece or Rome, but dammit, Jim, I'm just a blogger, not a political historian. :)