Samuel Johnson (Columbia)
The Reverend Doctor Samuel Johnson (October 14, 1696 – January 6, 1772) was a clergyman, educator, and philosopher in colonial British North America. He was a major proponent of both Anglicanism and the philosophy of George Berkeley in the colonies, and served as the first president of the Anglican King's College (the predecessor to today's Columbia University).
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“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
—Bible: New Testament Jesus, in Matthew, 5:5.
The third of the Beatitudes, from the Sermon on the Mount. The words recall those in Proverbs 37:11, But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. In his Notebooks, the author Samuel Butler wrote, I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek; they do not remain humble and meek long when they are exalted. (Samuel Butlers Notebooks, p. 220, 1951)
“I am proud to be a member of a party that opens its doors to all menand closes its hearts to none.”
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