If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'?
The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract.
If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
The weather is like the government, always in the wrong.
That we we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Government has no other end, but the preservation of property.
And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
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.
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.
Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
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.
The Republican form of government is the highest form of government: but because of this it requires the highest type of human nature, a type nowhere at present existing.
Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.
No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
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