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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1196
AUTHOR: Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar (1798–1859)
QUOTATION: Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of Democracy, and while guided and controlled by virtue, the noblest attribute of man. It is the only dictator that freemen acknowledge, and the only security which freemen desire.
ATTRIBUTION: MIRABEAU BUONAPARTE LAMAR, president of the Republic of Texas, first message to both houses of Congress of the Republic of Texas, Houston, Texas, December 21, 1838.—The Papers of Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar, ed. Charles A. Gulick, Jr., vol. 2, p. 348 (1922).

“When a public school was a novelty and the Republic’s treasury and credit were at their lowest, only a daring mind and a champion of enlightened liberty could have conceived the idea for insuring the education of the future Texas generations.”—Philip Graham, The Life and Poems of Mirabeau B. Lamar, p. 53 (1938).