The quote reminded me of Burke's famous words, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." But there was something different about J.L. Brown's words, "It is only by our good qualities RIGHTLY SET FORTH that we are to succeed in the future..." Whereas Burke warned against passivism, J.L. Brown was saying something more. To J.L. Brown, the future of mankind would depend not only on our being courageous, imaginative, loyal and diligent (examples of some of our "good qualities"), but also on our ability to use those qualities wisely - in the interests of fairness, justice, charity. We've heard this concept discussed in the context of science and technology and global politics. But none of the hundreds of quotes in our collection expressed this idea so eloquently.
And so, I am very pleased that one of the unintended consequences of Lionel Richie's research was the discovery of this quote, which we will proudly attribute to the singer's great grandfather and only hope he receives the credit for generations to come.
|From the archives of Chattanooga, Tennessee|
Gary @ Quote Palettes