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"A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose the particular principles and methods of administration."
"The statesman who would attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals, would not only load himeslf with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safetly be trusted to no council and senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it."
"Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things."
"The statesman who would attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals, would not only load himeslf with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted to no council and senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it."
"How lucky for those in power that people don't think."
"Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint."
"In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself."
"The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform."
Alexis de Tocqueville
"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side."
"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."
"If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost."
"Socialism: An attempt to curb the destructive power of monopolies by creating the biggest one of all."
"In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes."
"There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government."
"Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure."
"The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we'd have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense."
"Today we can declare: Government is not the problem, and government is not the solution. We, the American people, we are the solution."
"The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten."
"Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws."
"No nation keeps its word. A nation is a big, blind worm, following what? Fate perhaps. A nation has no honor, it has no word to keep."
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