Thursday, February 6, 2014


A complicated man, living in a more complicated time than our history books suggest, Burr has long been considered an enigma.  Still, he was an officer during the Revolutionary War, Attorney General and Senator from New York, and Thomas Jefferson's first vice president.  Burr may be best known for his history-changing fatal duel with Alexander Hamilton and his trial for treason in 1807 (he was acquitted with Chief Justice John Marshall presiding over the trial).  Here are a few quotes attributed to Burr:

"The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure and pleasure my business."

“Slander has slain more than the sword.”

"There is a maxim, 'Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.' It is a maxim for sluggards. A better reading of it is, 'Never do today what you can as well do tomorrow,' because something may occur to make you regret your premature action.'

“Every man likes his own opinion best.”

"Law is whatever is boldly asserted and plausibly maintained."

“I learned in the Revolution, in the society of gentlemen, and I have since observed for myself, that a man who is guilty of intentional bad manners, is capable of crime.”

“When a man takes time to consider whether he will do a good or civil action, be assured he will never do it. The baser feelings, the calculations of interest and timidity, always prevail…”

"America stood with open arms and presented an asylum to the oppressed of every nation;  we invited them with the promise of enjoying equal rights with ourselves, and presented them with the flattering prospect of presiding in our councils and arriving at honour and trust;  shall we deprive these persons of an important right derived from so sacred a source as our constitution?"

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