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People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. Soren Kierkegaard
Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy. Jesse Jackson
If in the first group of people who have gathered, unanimity is not achieved, new people shall be added, after which a group equal in number to the Greatest Name or fewer or greater shall be chosen from their midst by lots; whereupon the consultation shall be renewed; whatever is the result shall be obeyed. If the second time opinions again differ, repeat the process a third time. This time obey the majority vote. Bahaullah; Husayn Ali Nuri
When like-minded people deliberate as an organized group, the general opinion shifts towards extreme versions of their common beliefs. Cass Sunstein
A permanent constitution must be the work of quiet, leisure, much inquiry, and great deliberation. Thomas Jefferson
When a treaty must depend for its execution ... on a law or laws to be passed by Congress ... it is the Constitutional duty of the House of Representatives to deliberate on the expediency of carrying such treaty into effect. William Blount
The individual is foolish; the multitude, for the moment is foolish, when they act without deliberation; but the species is wise, and when time is given to it, as a species it always acts right. Edmund Burke
The Lords [Legislators] of the Confederacy of the Five Nations shall be mentors of the people for all time. The thickness of their skin shall be seven spans -- which is to say that they shall be proof against anger, offensive actions and criticism. Their hearts shall be full of peace and good will and their minds filled with a yearning for the welfare of the people of the Confederacy. With endless patience they shall carry out their duty and their firmness shall be tempered with a tenderness for their people. Neither anger nor fury shall find lodgement in their minds and all their words and actions shall be marked by calm deliberation. Iroquois Nation
They are circumspect to do their actions by advise and councell, and not rashly or inconsiderately Thomas Morton
As to the long time spent on lawsuits, that is due to concern for justice, that judges may not fail in passing correct judgments, by having to give sentence offhand; it is better that they should reflect, and conclude the case more tardily, than that by judging in a hurry they should both injure man and transgress against the Deity, the institutor of justice.... Pricus of Panium
If you make mistakes too often people think that you are doing it deliberately. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi
We must have a world organization for the purpose of deliberation, but not for the purpose of waging wars and imposing sanctions. J. Reuben Clark
Take ye counsel together in all matters, inasmuch as consultation is the lamp of guidance which leadeth the way, and is the bestower of understanding. Bahai Universal House of Justice
In the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body” [the U. S. Senate] there is little deliberation … Floor debates consisted primarily of political posturing. Robert J. Kaiser
This convention could terminate the existence and the preservation of the fairest fabric of government that was ever erected … We ought not to act in hot haste, but coolly deliberate in view of the grave consequences. Atlantic Monthly; Jubal
What I did, I did after very full deliberation, and under a heavy and solemn sense of responsibility. I can only trust in God that I have made no mistake. Abraham Lincoln