I answered that the die was now cast; I had passed the Rubicon. Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination.
more John Adams quotes
Society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
more John Adams quotes
Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have... a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers.
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Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone.
more John Quincy Adams quotes
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
more Aeschylus quotes
The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
more Mohammed Ali quotes
Do whatever you can to capture, or recapture, your life spark - unless it harms others, in which case suffer with as much happiness as you can muster.  Your nobility of spirit will spark itself.
more Corri Alius quotes
Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.
more James Allen quotes
The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms.
more Henri-Frédéric Amiel quotes
The test of every religious, political, or educational system, is the man which it forms. If a system injures the intelligence it is bad. If it injures the character it is vicious. If it injures the conscience it is criminal.
more Henri Frederic Amiel quotes
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship he would keep it in port forever.
more Thomas Aquinas quotes
No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.
more Hannah Arendt quotes
You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.
more Aristophanes quotes
In the US, voters cast ballots for individual candidates who are not bound to any party program except rhetorically, and not always then. Some Republicans are more liberal than some Democrats, some libertarians are more radical than some socialists, and many local candidates run without any party identification. No American citizen can vote intelligently without knowledge of the ideas, political background, and commitments of each individual candidate.
more Ben H. Bagdikian quotes
Character assassination is at once easier and surer than physical assault; and it involves far less risk for the assassin. It leaves him free to commit the same deed over and over again, and may, indeed, win him the honors of a hero in the country of his victims.
more Alan Barth quotes
Make men large and strong and tyranny will bankrupt itself in making shackles for them.
more Rev. Henry Ward Beecher quotes
Open discussion of many major public questions has for some time now been taboo. We can’t open our mouths without being denounced as racists, misogynists, supremacists, imperialists or fascists. As for the media, they stand ready to trash anyone so designated.
more Saul Bellow quotes
Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
more Henri-Louis Bergson quotes
In each human heart are a tiger, a pig, an ass and a nightingale. Diversity of character is due to their unequal activity.
more Ambrose Bierce quotes
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
more William Boetcker quotes
Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.
more Elias Boudinot quotes
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp. Or what’s a heaven for?
more Robert Browning quotes
Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young peoples, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.
more Edmund Burke quotes
The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded.
more Edmund Burke quotes
Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.
more Thomas Carlyle quotes
Once we start to worry too often and too deeply about what certain individuals and what certain groups think about us, then we might start selling our souls for the sake of expediency.
more Otis Chandler quotes
Undoubtedly a man is to labor to better his condition, but first to better himself.
more William Ellery Channing quotes
Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for it's own sake but, as he was given to saying, it straightened out one's thoughts.
more Mary Ellen Chase quotes
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
more Winston Churchill quotes
Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
more Arthur C. Clarke quotes
Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
more Henry Clay quotes
Government schools can't teach reading, writing, and arithmetic -- why should we trust them to teach morality, respect, and character? If public education does for ethics what it's done for learning, we'll end up with a generation of immoral, disrespectful, and characterless students.
more Steve Dasbach quotes
Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed.
more Étienne de la Boétie quotes
We ought to be very cautious in the prosecution of magic and heresy. The attempt to put down these two crimes may be extremely perilous to liberty, and may be the origin of a number of petty acts of tyranny if the legislator be not on his guard; for as such an accusation does not bear directly on the overt acts of a citizen, but refers to the idea we entertain of his character.
more Charles-Louis De Secondat quotes
In the end, the state of the Union comes down to the character of the people. ... I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, and it was not there. I sought for it in the fertile fields, and boundless prairies, and it was not there. I sought it in her rich mines, and vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
Today's Democratic Party knows our children's education is not complete unless they learn good values. We applaud the efforts of the Clinton-Gore Administration to promote character education in our schools. Teaching good values, strong character, and the responsibilities of citizenship must be an essential part of American education.
more Democratic Party Platform of 1996 quotes
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
more Benjamin Disraeli quotes
Pity the poor, wretched, timid soul, too faint hearted to resist his oppressors. He sings the songs of the damned, 'I cannot resist, I have too much to lose, they might take my property or confiscate my earnings, what would my family do, how would they survive?' He hides behind pretended family responsibility, failing to see that the most glorious legacy that we can bequeath to our posterity is liberty!
more W. Vaughn Ellsworth quotes
The less government we have the better - the fewer laws and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
The right to freedom of expression is justified first of all as the right of an individual purely in his capacity as an individual. It derives from the widely accepted premise of Western thought that the proper end of man is the realization of his character and potentialities as a human being.
more Thomas I. Emerson quotes
There is a great deal of self-will in the world, but very little genuine independence of character.
more Frederick W. Faber quotes
History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy… These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.
more Benjamin Franklin quotes
History will also give Occasion to expatiate on the Advantage of Civil Orders and Constitutions, how Men and their Properties are protected by joining in Societies and establishing Government; their Industry encouraged and rewarded, Arts invented, and Life made more comfortable: The Advantages of Liberty, Mischiefs of Licentiousness, Benefits arising from good Laws and a due Execution of Justice, &c. Thus may the first Principles of sound Politicks be fix'd in the Minds of Youth.
more Benjamin Franklin quotes
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.
more James Anthony Froude quotes
'Tis better to suffer wrong than do it.
more Thomas Fuller 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.
more Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi quotes
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
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