The plea of good intentions is not one that can be allowed to have much weight in passing historical judgment upon a man whose wrong-headedness and distorted way of looking at things produced, or helped to produce, such incalculable evil; there is a wide political applicability in the remark attributed to a famous Texan, to the effect that he might, in the end, pardon a man who shot him on purpose, but that he would surely never forgive one who did so accidentally.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) US President (1901-1909)
Thomas Hart Benton, ch. 5 (1897)

Writing of John C. Calhoun.
Added on 29-Dec-07 | Last updated 29-Dec-07
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