If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil.
more Samuel Taylor Coleridge quotes
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
more Confucius quotes
If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.
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The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.
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You can’t, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty.
more Joseph Conrad quotes
No duty, however, binds us to these so-called laws, whose corrupting influence menaces what is noblest in our being...
more Benjamin Constant quotes
Fidelity to the public requires that the laws be as plain and explicit as possible, that the less knowing may understand, and not be ensnared by them, while the artful evade their force.
more Samuel Cooke quotes
We must pity the poor wretched, timid soul who is too faint-hearted to resist his oppressors. He sings the song of the dammed: “I can’t fight back; I have too much to lose; I own too much property; I have worked too hard to get what I have; They will put me out of business if I resist; I might go to jail; I have my family to think about.” Such poor miserable creatures have misplaced values and are hiding their cowardice behind pretended family responsibility -- blindly refusing to see that the most glorious legacy that one can bequeath to posterity is liberty; and that the only true security is liberty.
more Marvin Cooley quotes
If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.
more Calvin Coolidge quotes
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
more Calvin Coolidge quotes
If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.
more Calvin Coolidge quotes
It is a governing principle of nature, that the agency which can produce most good, when perverted from its proper aim, is most productive of evil. It behooves the well-intentioned, therefore, vigorously to watch the tendency of even their most highly-prized institutions, since that which was established in the interests of the right, may so easily become the agent of the wrong.
more James Fenimore Cooper quotes
If it was necessary to tolerate in other people everything that one permits oneself, life would be unbearable.
more Georges Courteline quotes
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
more Steven R. Covey quotes
It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
more Noel Coward quotes
It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
more Noël Coward quotes
I leave this rule for others when I'm dead, Be always sure you're right -- then go ahead.
more Davy Crockett quotes
I want people to be able to get what they need to live: enough food, a place to live, and an education for their children. Government does not provide these as well as private charities and businesses.
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A greater principle is at stake than the fate of any particular president
more Benjamin Curtis quotes
My first position is that when Congress speaks of treason, bribery, and other crimes and misdemeanors, it refers to and includes only high criminal offenses against the United States made so by some law of the United States existing when the acts complained of were done. And I say that this is plainly to be inferred from each and every one of the provisions of the constitution on the subject of impeachment.
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Our experience has shown us that in the excitement of great popular elections, deciding the policy of the country, and its vast patronage, frauds will be committed, if a chance is given for them. If these frauds are allowed, the result is not only that the popular will may be defeated, and the result falsified, but that the worst side will prevail. The side which has the greater number of dishonest men will poll the most votes. The war cry, "Vote early and vote often!" and the familiar problem, "how to cast the greatest number of votes with the smallest number of voters", indicate the direction in which the dangers lie.
more Richard Henry Dana, Jr. quotes
It is up to you to decide whether or not you’re ready to be free, really free. This pertains to your relationship as well as your activities in the world. You are limitless, if you choose that! Your freedom comes from letting go. Freedom means empowerment to be, do, go, feel, whatever your heart tells you. Only you have kept yourself from having this freedom out of some misunderstanding of what your responsibilities really are. Your responsibilities are to your Self. Serve that truly, fully, and you serve All.
more Alma Daniel quotes
The objector and the rebel who raises his voice against what he believes to be the injustice of the present and the wrongs of the past is the one who hunches the world along.
more Clarence S. Darrow quotes
Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
more François Duc de La Rochefoucauld quotes
Our repentance is not so much regret for the ill we have done as fear of the ill that may happen to us in consequence.
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He is free who knows how to keep in his own hands the power to decide at each step, the course of his life, and who lives in a society which does not block the exercise of that power.
more Salvador De Madariaga quotes
Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
more Michel de Montaigne quotes
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
more Michel de Montaigne quotes
A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.
more Michel de Montaigne quotes
I will follow the right side even to the fire, but excluding the fire if I can.
more Michel de Montaigne quotes
There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thought under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.
more Michel de Montaigne quotes
Where are we then? The religionists are the enemies of liberty, and the friends of liberty attack religion; the high-minded and the noble advocate subjection, and the meanest and most servile minds preach independence; honest and enlightened citizens are opposed to all progress, whilst men without patriotism and without principles are the apostles of civilization and intelligence. Has such been the fate of the centuries which have preceded our own? and has man always inhabited a world like the present, where nothing is linked together, where virtue is without genius, and genius without honor; where the love of order is confounded with a taste for oppression, and the holy rites of freedom with a taste for law; where the light thrown by conscience on human actions is dim, and where nothing seems to be any longer forbidden or allowed, honorable or shameful, false or true?
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
more Eugene Debs quotes
But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
more Declaration of Independence quotes
Standing armies consist of professional soldiers who owe their livelihood and income to the government. Unlike civilians who render periodic service in local militia, professional soldiers do not own property and therefore do not have any source of income other than the government’s military paymaster. Thus, they are more likely to serve the government’s interests, regardless of whether its leaders are dishonest and corrupt or not. In fact, standing armies may even promote rapacious foreign or domestic policies if such policies enrich the army. In contrast, arms bearing, property owning citizen militiamen have a stake in the health of the republic as a whole and can be trusted to act in the republic’s best interests, whether those interests call for action in support of or against the political leadership of the nation.
more Anthony J. Dennis quotes
The only freedom that is of enduring importance is the freedom of intelligence, that is to say, freedom of observation and of judgment, exercised in behalf of purposes that are intrinsically worth while. The commonest mistake made about freedom is, I think, to identify it with freedom of movement, or, with the external or physical side of activity.
more John Dewey quotes
Conscience warns us before it reproaches us.
more Comtesse Diane quotes
It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear.
more Dick Cavett quotes
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
more Benjamin Disraeli quotes
The reality is, if we tell the truth, we only have to tell the truth once. If you lie, you have to keep lying forever.
more Rabbi Wayne Dosick quotes
A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying to others and to yourself.
more Fyodor Dostoyevsky quotes
A people who extend civil liberties only to preferred groups start down the path either to dictatorship of the right or the left.
more William O. Douglas quotes
The great and invigorating influences in American life have been the unorthodox: the people who challenge an existing institution or way of life, or say and do things that make people think.
more William O. Douglas quotes
You will ruin no more lives as you ruined mine. You will wring no more hearts as you wrung mine. I will free the world of a poisonous thing. Take that, you hound, and that! -- and that! -- and that! -- and that!
more Sir Arthur Conan Doyle quotes
Ill habits gather by unseen degrees -- As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.
more John Dryden quotes
To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.
more Will Durant quotes
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly; 'these virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions'; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit: 'the good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life... for as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy.
more Will Durant quotes
I did not use paint, I made myself up morally.
more Eleanora Duse quotes
By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.
more Albert Einstein quotes
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