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'?
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.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
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.
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.
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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