Education is a human right with immense power to transform
Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.
Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
Democracy is beautiful in theory; in practice it is a fallacy.
Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Democracy needs support, and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.
What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open.
The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
That government is best which governs least.
Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
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