John Quincy Adams Us Secretary of State 1817���1825

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    Think of what our Nation stands for,
    Books from Boots’ and country lanes,
    Free speech, free passes, class distinction,
    Democracy and proper drains.
    —Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984)

    Positively I sit here, and look at Europe sink, first one deck disappearing, then another, and the whole ship slowly plunging bow-down into the abyss; until the nightmare gets to be howling. The Roman Empire was a trifle to it.
    —Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918)

    The truth is, the whole administration under Roosevelt was demoralized by the system of dealing directly with subordinates. It was obviated in the State Department and the War Department under [Secretary of State Elihu] Root and me [Taft was the Secretary of War], because we simply ignored the interference and went on as we chose.... The subordinates gained nothing by his assumption of authority, but it was not so in the other departments.
    William Howard Taft (1857–1930)

    The state is therefore everyone; the rules within the state are laws which safeguard the welfare of all and which must originate from the welfare of all.
    Georg Büchner (1813–1837)