We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
— C. S. Lewis, quoted in the Office of the President letter, Summit Ministries, December 03, 2009
“My friend,” John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson toward the end of both of their lives, “you and I have lived in serious times.”
— James Emery White, from Serious Times, p. 9
(Political) leaders ought to assess the facts of the matter, apply good thinking to the circumstances, integrate it with moral convictions that are defensible, and come to conclusions about where the people ought to be whether or not they want to go there. And then it is his job to convince the people and persuade them to follow him to do the right thing, rather than following them to do what they want.
— Greg Koukl, from President Bush’s Speech, an article on str.org under Commentaries on Abortion
Nothing that is morally wrong can ever be politically right.
— Anonymous, from Legislating Morality by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek, p. 27