We have built no national temples but the Capitol; we consult no common oracle but the Constitution.
"The Importance of Illustrating New-England History by a Series of Romances like the Waverley Novels", a lecture delivered at Salem, Massachusetts (1833).
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.Abraham Lincoln
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.Albert Einstein
If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.thomas jefferson
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.thomas jefferson
The second office of the government is honorable and easy, the first is but a splendid misery.thomas jefferson
How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?charles de gaulle
Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.ronald reagan
Like the government, corporations must be bound with the chains of the Constitution, and especially of the Bill of Rights.l. neil smith
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.clement attlee
My whole life so far, my whole experience has been that our failure has been not to love enough. This conviction brought me to a rejection of the radical movement after my early membership in the Socialist Party, the Industrial Workers of the World, and the Communist affiliates I worked with.dorothy day
We need to change the system. We need to overthrow, not the government, as the authorities are always accusing the Communists "of conspiring to teach [us] to do", but this rotten, decadent, putrid industrial capitalist system which breeds such suffering in the whited sepulcher of New York.dorothy day
You must build your House of Parliament on the river: so... that the populace cannot exact their demands by sitting down round you.1st duke of wellington
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.james madison
Should any political party attempt to abolish social security unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group of course that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.dwight Eisenhower