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Jimmy J. Tompkins

1870 - 1953

Catholic priest, Dean of Studies and indefatigable cheerleader for St. Francis Xavier University during its formative years in the early 1900's, worked all his life to make education possible for any who wanted it.


The essence of democracy is that people are intelligent enough to manage their affairs in such a way that, in case of necessity, the right man appears at the right time and in response to the express will of the people.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
The very nature of democracy is opposed to dictatorship, no matter how benign the dictator. The sure builder of democracy will realize that the quickest way of achieving his program is to go down and build up the crowd into fit instruments for putting across its ideals. Any other method of procedure would be like building a foundation on sand.

May. 05, 1935 - from his pamphlet The Technique of Democracy, Consumers Cooperative
No body of men is worthy of a socially just society unless it is able to merit it by its intelligence and its moral backbone. If they got it otherwise they would not appreciate it nor long maintain it.

May. 05, 1935 - from his pamphlet The Technique of Democracy, Consumers Cooperative