English character and English freedom depend comparatively little on the form which the Constitution assumes at Westminster. A centralised democracy may be as tyrannical as an absolute monarch; and if the vigour of the nation is to continue unimpaired, each individual, each family, each district, must preserve as far as possible its independence, its self-completeness, its powers and its privilege to manage its own affairs and think its own thoughts.
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'Tis better to suffer wrong than do it.
more Thomas Fuller quotes
Those who complain the most about the quality of the people in power are the ones who put all that power there in the first place. Well, what kind of people did they expect it all to attract, anyway? Sheesh!
more Rick Gaber quotes
The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
The seven blunders that human society commits and cause all the violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principles.
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I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error.
more James A. Garfield quotes
My dear sir, let me tell you that every citizen has full legal right to arrest anyone whom he sees committing any criminal offense, big or little. The law of England and of this country has been very careful to confer no more right in that respect upon policemen and constables than it confers on every citizen. You have the same right to make an arrest for an offense committed in your presence that any policeman has. But we cannot all be bothering with making arrests, so we employ a certain number of our fellow citizens for that purpose and put blue clothes and brass buttons on them. But their clothes and their buttons add nothing whatever to their right to make arrests without warrant. They still have only the same right which the law gives to all of us. Be so good as to look at section 183 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, and be convinced of your powers, and then sail right in as hard and as fast as you want to, being careful, however, only to arrest guilty persons, for otherwise your victims will turn around and sue you for damages for false arrest. Policemen have to face the same risk.
more William Jay Gaynor quotes
One man can completely change the character of a country, and the industry of its people, by dropping a single seed in fertile soil.
more John C. Gifford quotes
[It is not the purpose nor right of Congress] to attend to what generosity and humanity require, but to what the Constitution and their duty require.
more William Branch Giles quotes
Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.
more Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes
The greater the mental charlatan, the more definite his insistence on the wickedness and weaknesses of human nature. Yet how can anyone speak of it today, with every soul in a prison, with every heart fettered, wounded, and maimed?... With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities?
more Emma Goldman quotes
To judge from the history of mankind, we shall be compelled to conclude, that the fiery and destructive passions of war, reign in the human breast, with much more powerful sway, than the mild and beneficent sentiments of peace; and, that to model our political systems upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character.
more Alexander Hamilton quotes
In the recommendation to admit indiscriminately foreign emigrants of every description to the privileges of American citizens on their first entrance into our country, there is an attempt to break down every pale which has been erected for the preservation of a national spirit and a national character; and to let in the most powerful means of perverting and corrupting both the one and the other.
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Persons with weight of character carry, like planets, their atmospheres along with them in their orbits.
more Thomas Hardy quotes
Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.
more Elizabeth Harrison quotes
Man's character is his fate.
more Heraclitus quotes
A university’s essential character is that of being a center of free inquiry and criticism – a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else.
more Richard Hofstadter quotes
Who then is free? The wise who can command his passions, who fears not want, nor death, nor chains, firmly resisting his appetites and despising the honors of the world, who relies wholly on himself, whose angular points of character have all been rounded off and polished.
more Horace quotes
“Painters and poets,” you say, “have always had an equal license in bold invention.” We know; we claim the liberty for ourselves and in turn we give it to others.
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A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.
more Charles Evans Hughes quotes
Our institutions were not devised to bring about uniformity of opinion; if they had we might well abandon hope. It is important to remember, as has well been said, 'the essential characteristic of true liberty is that under its shelter many different types of life and character and opinion and belief can develop unmolested and unobstructed.'
more Justice Charles Evans Hughes quotes
All children behave as well as they are treated.
more Jan Hunt quotes
Our forefathers found the evils of free thinking more to be endured than the evils of inquest or suppression. This is because thoughtful, bold and independent minds are essential to the wise and considered self-government.
more Justice Robert H. Jackson quotes
It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.
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You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness, I have no sense of right and wrong, no outrage, no passion.
more Garrison Keillor quotes
Integrity is the core of our character.
more L. Lionel Kendrick quotes
But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.
more John F. Kennedy quotes
Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
more John F. Kennedy quotes
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
more John F. Kennedy quotes
Character is the accumulated confidence that individual men and women acquire from years of doing the right thing, over and over again, even when they don't feel like it. People with character understand that their lives are filled with events and choices that are significant, above all, not because of the short term success or failure of the search for money or position, but because the choices we make are actually making us into one kind of person, or another. Our life of choices is a life-long labor to make ourselves into a person who has begun to respond adequately to the awesome gift we received from God when He made us in His image.
more Alan Keyes quotes
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.' ... I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honorable life.
more Sir Roger L'Estrange quotes
Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
more Ann Landers quotes
Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
more Lao-Tzu quotes
[O]ur greatest contributions to the cause of freedom and development overseas is not what we do over there, but what we do right here at home.
more Frances Moore Lappé quotes
Labor, in itself, is neither elevating or otherwise. It is the laborer's privilege to ennoble his work by the aim with which he undertakes it, and by the enthusiasm and faithfulness he puts into it.
more Lucy Larcom quotes
It is the tragic story of the cultural crusader in a mass society that he cannot win, but that we would be lost without him.
more Paul F. Lazarsfeld quotes
You must study to be frank with the world: frankness is the child of honesty and courage. Say just what you mean to do on every occasion, and take it for granted that you mean to do right.
more Robert E. Lee quotes
To live his life in his own way, to call his house his castle, to enjoy the fruits of his own labour, to educate his children as his conscience directs, to save for their prosperity after his death --- these are wishes deeply ingrained in civilised man. Their realization is almost as necessary to our virtues as to our happiness. From their total frustration disastrous results both moral and psychological might follow.
more C. S. Lewis quotes
Hitherto the plans of the educationalists have achieved very little of what they attempted, and indeed we may well thank the beneficent obstinacy of real mothers, real nurses, and (above all) real children for preserving the human race in such sanity as it still possesses.
more C. S. Lewis quotes
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
more Abraham Lincoln quotes
Nearly all men can withstand adversity; if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
more Abraham Lincoln quotes
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
more Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quotes
If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.
more John Lubbock quotes
The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.
more Thomas Babington Macaulay quotes
If this spirit shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature, as well as on the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate anything but liberty.
more James Madison quotes
As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust: So there are other qualities in human nature, which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence. Republican government presupposes the existence of these qualities in a higher degree than any other form. Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us, faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be that there is not sufficient virtue among men for self-government; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another.
more James Madison quotes
The right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon … has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right.
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