"It is not, perhaps, unreasonable to conclude, that a pure and perfect democracy is a thing not attainable by man, constituted as he is of contending elements of vice and virtue, and ever mainly influenced by the predominant principle of self-interest. It may, indeed, be confidently asserted, that there never was that government called a republic, which was not ultimately ruled by a single will, and, therefore, (however bold may seem the paradox,) virtually and substantially a monarchy."
From hence, let fierce contending nations know What dire effects from civil discord flow.joseph addison
Seneca thinks the gods are well pleased when they see great men contending with adversity.robert burton
You're contending with a genius, D.J. is his name, only American alive who could outtalk Cassius Clay, that's lip.norman mailer
Men have been released from [concentration] camps who have taken over the jargon of their jailers and with cold reason and mad consent (the price, as it were, of their survival) tell their story as if it could not have been otherwise than it was, contending that they have not been treated so badly after all.max horkheimer
From hence, let fierce contending nations know What dire effects from civil discord flow.
From hence, let fierce contending nations know, What dire effects from civil discord flow.joseph addison
Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.george washington
It is easy to argue persuasively the truism that the lessons of history are best derived from what actually happened, rather than from what nearly happened. It should be added, however, that what happened becomes more fully comprehensible in the light of the contending forces that existed at moments of decision. Understanding of the total historical setting is bound to contribute to a clearer view of the actual course of affairs.Harold C. Deutsch