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The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.

Henry Louis Mencken

You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.

Aristotle

No nation was ever ruined by trade.

Benjamin Franklin

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

Anatole France

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

Aristotle

No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.

Benjamin Disraeli

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

John F. Kennedy

I place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

Thomas Jefferson

A precedent embalms a principle.

Benjamin Disraeli

Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.

Bertrand Russell

Under a government, which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.

Henry David Thoreau

It is error alone, which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.

Thomas Jefferson

Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.

Napoleon

All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.

Honore de Balzac

The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.

Otto von Bismarck

No nation has friends, only interests.

Charles de Gaulle

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Voltaire

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw

A multitude of laws in a country is like a great number of physicians, a sign of weakness and malady.

Voltaire

If you want total security, go to prison. There you`re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.

Dwight David Eisenhower

People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.

Lao Tzu

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

Niccolo Machiavelli

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.

Mark Twain

When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When government fears the people, there is liberty.

Thomas Paine

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

John F. Kennedy

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.

Napoleon

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

Henry Louis Mencken

All treaties between great states cease to be binding when they come in conflict with the struggle for existence.

Otto von Bismarck

Frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or laziness on the part of a government.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

You can do anything with a bayonet except sit on it.

Napoleon

Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.

Jeremy Bentham

Everything secret degenerates; nothing is safe that does not bear discussion and publicity.

John Acton

Wherever you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.

Harry S. Truman

Every nation has the government it deserves.

Joseph de Maistre

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus

A political man can have as his aim the realization of freedom, but he has no means to realize it other than through violence.

Jean Paul Sartre

 

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