Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.
All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with an idea that they act in trust, and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust to the one great Master, Author, and Founder of society.
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.
To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.
Baseball is a public trust. Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over. But baseball goes on.
Public office is supposed to be a public trust. This is a clear sign of the rampant corruption at the highest levels of the Republican leadership.
The Supreme Court's only armor is the cloak of public trust; its sole ammunition, the collective hopes of our society.
Public office is a public trust, the authority and opportunities of which must be used as absolutely as the public moneys for the public benefit, and not for the purposes of any individual or party.
When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
The phrase public office is a public trust, has of last become common property.
The appointing power of the Pope is treated as a public trust, and not as a personal perquisite.
I have never, not once, violated my public trust.
The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.
Newspapers with declining circulations can complain all they want about their readers and even say they have no taste. But you will still go out of business over time. A newspaper is not a public trust - it has a business model that either works or it doesn't.
It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any, till they are first proved and found fit for the business they are to be entrusted with.
Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
All power is a trust, that we are accountable for its exercise.
The English doctrine that all power is a trust for the public good.
Public officers are the servants and agents of the people, to execute the laws which the people have made.
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
The man who can look upon a crisis without being willing to offer himself upon the altar of his country is not for public trust.
[Imeachable conduct is] misconduct by public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.
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