Institutions

Famous quotes containing the word institutions:

    Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of man, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

    There are no institutions in America: there are only fashions.
    —H.L. (Henry Lewis)

    This, our respectable daily life, on which the man of common sense, the Englishman of the world, stands so squarely, and on which our institutions are founded, is in fact the veriest illusion, and will vanish like the baseless fabric of a vision; but that faint glimmer of reality which sometimes illuminates the darkness of daylight for all men, reveals something more solid and enduring than adamant, which is in fact the cornerstone of the world.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)