I repeat... that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people and for the people all springs, and all must exist.
The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments' plans.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
An educated people can be easily governed.
It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But, there is no alternative to the state.
If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty.
Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last.
To rule is easy, to govern difficult.
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
In order to rally people, governments need enemies... if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.
If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.
The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.
If government were a product, selling it would be illegal.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.
What I worry about would be that you essentially have two chambers, the House and the Senate, but you have simply, majoritarian, absolute power on either side. And that's just not what the founders intended.
Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.
Man is not free unless government is limited.
Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.
Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
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