Governments do not govern, but merely control the machinery of government, being themselves controlled by the hidden hand.
I repeat... that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that, from the people, and for the people, all springs, and all must exist.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments’ plans.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
Upon the education of the people of this country, the fate of this country depends.
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
For you see, the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.
If you establish a democracy, you must in due time reap the fruits of a democracy. You will in due season have great impatience of the public burdens, combined in due season with great increase of the public expenditure. You will in due season have wars entered into from passion and not from reason; and you will in due season submit to peace ignominiously sought and ignominiously obtained, which will diminish your authority and perhaps endanger your independence. You will in due season find your property is less valueable, and your freedom less complete.
Truth travels slowly, but it will reach even you in time.
To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection, it is plunder.
There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.
Demagogues and agitators are very unpleasant, they are incidental to a free and constitutional country, and you must put up with these inconveniences or do without many important advantages.
Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much,
are the three pillars of learning.