Whenever a youth is ascertained to possess talents meriting an education which his parents cannot afford, he should be carried forward at the public expense.
— James Madison

Present law has a process to ascertain whether or not a patient is in a persistent vegetative state, and it should not matter what politicians think.
Bobby Scott ascertain quote

When the mariner has been tossed for many days in thick weather, and on an unknown sea, he naturally avails himself of the first pause in the storm, the earliest glance of the sun, to take his latitude, and ascertain how far the elements have driven him from his true course. Let us imitate this prudence, and, before we float farther on the waves of this debate, refer to the point from which we departed, that we may at least be able to conjecture where we now are.
— Daniel Webster

If all power is in the people, if there is no higher law than their will, and if by counting their votes, their will may be ascertained -- then the people may entrust all their power to anyone, and the power of the pretender and the usurper is then legitimate. It is not to be challenged since it came originally from the sovereign people.
— Walter Lippmann

Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary.
— ascertain quotation by Albert Einstein