The sober people of America are weary of the fluctuating policy which has directed the public councils. They have seen with regret and indignation that sudden changes and legislative interferences, in cases affecting personal rights, become jobs in the hands of enterprising and influential speculators, and snares to the more-industrious and less informed part of the community. They have seen, too, that one legislative interference is but the first link of a long chain of repetitions, every subsequent interference being naturally produced by the effects of the preceding.
more James Madison quotes
All men having power ought to be mistrusted.
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To say that subjects in general are not proper judges (of the law) when their governors oppress them and play the tyrant, and when they defend their rights ...is as great a treason as ever a man uttered... (more)
more Jonathan Mayhew quotes
The only freedom deserving the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.
more John Stuart Mill quotes
The biggest conspiracy has always been the fact that there is no conspiracy. Nobody's out to get you. Nobody gives a shit whether you live or die. There, you feel better now?
more Dennis Miller quotes
Trust is a two way street. If your government does not trust you, how can you trust your government?
more Bruce Montague quotes
The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.
more Maureen Murphy quotes
Whatever it is the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government do it to somebody else.
more P. J. O'Rourke quotes
A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government; and government without a constitution is power without a right. All power exercised over a nation, must have some beginning. It must be either delegated, or assumed. There are not other sources. All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation. Time does not alter the nature and quality of either.
more Thomas Paine quotes
A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government; and government without a constitution is power without a right. All power exercised over a nation, must have some beginning. It must be either delegated, or assumed. There are not other sources. All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation. Time does not alter the nature and quality of either.
more Thomas Paine quotes
It has been thought a considerable advance towards establishing the principles of Freedom, to say, that government is a compact between those who govern and those that are governed: but this cannot be true, because it is putting the effect before the cause; for as man must have existed before governments existed, there necessarily was a time when governments did not exist, and consequently there could originally exist no governors to form such a compact with. The fact therefore must be, that the individuals themselves, each in his own personal and sovereign right, entered into a compact with each other to produce a government: and this is the only mode in which governments have a right to arise, and the only principle on which they have a right to exist.
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The most formidable weapons against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.
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Never trust governments absolutely and always do what you can to prevent them from doing too much harm.
more John Arthur Passmore quotes
Do you think nobody would willingly entrust his children to you or pay you for teaching them? Why do you have to extort your fees and collect your pupils by compulsion?
more Isabel Paterson quotes
All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.
more Pat Paulsen quotes
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.
more Pericles quotes
The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.
more Plato quotes
It would seem that not only is religion lacking in the schools -- so is common sense. I wonder what a teacher is supposed to say if a kid asks about those four words on a dime -- 'In God We Trust.' Or maybe that's why they aren't being taught how to read these days.
more Ronald Reagan quotes
Our coins bear the words 'In God We Trust'. We take the oath of office asking His help in keeping that oath. And we proclaim that we are a nation under God when we pledge allegiance to the flag. But we can't mention His name in a public school or even sing religious hymns that are nondenominational. Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.
more Ronald Reagan quotes
On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.
more Will Rogers quotes
The Americans of 1776 were among the first men in modern society to defend rather than to seek an open society and constitutional liberty.... Perhaps the most remarkable characteristic of this political theory sits in its deep-seated conservatism. However radical the principles of the Revolution may have seemed to the rest of the world, in the minds of the colonists they were thoroughly preservative and respectful of the past.
more Clinton Rossiter quotes
There is no subjugation so perfect as that which keeps the appearance of freedom for in that way one captures volition itself.
more Jean-Jacques Rousseau quotes
Nobody can be trusted with unlimited power. The more power a regime has, the more likely people will be killed. This is a major reason for promoting freedom.
more Rudolph J. Rummel quotes
I pray that no child of mine would ever descend into such a place as a library. They are indeed most dangerous places and unfortunate is she or he who is lured into such a hellhole of enjoyment, stimulus, facts, passion and fun.
more Willy Russell quotes
Blind submission to the Administration of the government is not devotion to the country or the Constitution. The administration is not the government.
more Edward G. Ryan quotes
Can we truly expect those who aim to exploit us to be trusted to educate us?
more Eric Schaub quotes
I do not trust my eyes to tell me what a man is: I have a better and more trustworthy light by which I can distinguish what is true from what is false: let the mind find out what is good for the mind.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
You have to choose [as a voter] between trusting to the natural stability of gold and the natural stability of the honesty and intelligence of the members of the Government. And, with due respect for these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the Capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold.
more George Bernard Shaw quotes
If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?
more Harry Shearer quotes
It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. ... They are themselves always, and without exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs.
more Adam Smith quotes
It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expence, either by sumptuary laws, or by prohibiting the importation of foreign luxuries. They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expence, and they may safely trust private people with theirs. If their own extravagance does not ruin the state, that of their subjects never will.
more Adam Smith quotes
No one is fit to be trusted with power. ... No one. ... Any man who has lived at all knows the follies and wickedness he's capable of. ... And if he does know it, he knows also that neither he nor any man ought to be allowed to decide a single human fate.
more C. P. Snow quotes
As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not itself worthy of trust. Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people.
more Jeffrey R. Snyder quotes
As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not itself worthy of trust. Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant of the people... The Bill of Rights does not grant rights to the people, such that its repeal would legitimately confer upon government the powers otherwise proscribed. The Bill of Rights is the list of the fundamental, inalienable rights, endowed in man by his Creator, that define what it means to be a free and independent people, the rights which must exist to ensure that government governs only with the consent of the people.
more Jeffrey R. Snyder quotes
I would like to call upon America to be more careful with its trust ... and prevent those ... because of short-sightedness and still others out of self-interest, from falsely using the struggle for peace and for social justice to lead you down a false road. Because they are trying to weaken you; they are trying to disarm your strong and magnificent country in the face of this fearful threat. ... I call upon you: ordinary working men of America ... do not let yourselves become weak.
more Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quotes
One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.
more Thomas Sowell quotes
If I want to be free from any other man’s dictation, I must understand that I can have no other man under my control.
more William Graham Sumner quotes
If I want to be free from any other man’s dictation, I must understand that I can have no other man under my control.
more William Graham Sumner quotes
You see what power is -- holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them!
more Amy Tan quotes
You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook.
more Harry S. Truman quotes
No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.
more Gideon J. Tucker quotes
It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many people can successfully resist. What is its seat? The inborn requirement of self-approval.
more Mark Twain quotes
I solemnly affirm to exercise in all loyalty, discretion and conscience ... in the interest of the United Nations ... and not to seek or accept instructions ... from any government or other authority external to the organization...
more United Nations' Loyalty Oath quotes
If you think talk is cheap, hire a lawyer.
more Unknown quotes
Letter to the President of the United States from an American Indian: 'Be careful with your immigration laws. We were careless with ours.'
more Unknown quotes
Of course you can trust the United States government. Just ask any Indian.
more Unknown quotes
Politicians are like diapers and need to be changed for the same reason.
more Unknown quotes
The worst penalties are always imposed on those seeking to help the oppressed.
more Unknown quotes
There are three parties in Washington, D.C. . . . Republican, Democratic and Cocktail.
more Unknown quotes
We need a law that will allow a voter to sue a candidate for breach of promise.
more Unknown quotes
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