Archive for the ‘government’ Category

Quote of the day, Dec. 18

December 18, 2017

Thomas Paine, from Rights of Man

“When it can be said by any country in the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them, my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars, the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive, the rational world is my friend because I am the friend of happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and government. Independence is my happiness, the world is my country and my religion is to do good.”

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Quote of the day, Dec. 17

December 17, 2017

Patrick Henry, on transparency

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”

 

Quote of the day, Nov. 29

November 29, 2017

Harry S. Truman, on censorship

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 23

November 23, 2017

Wendell Berry, from The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members—among them the need to need one another. The answer to the present alignment of political power with wealth is the restoration of the identity of community and economy.”

Quote of the day, July 4

July 4, 2017

Carl Schurz, on freedom

“If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.”

Quote of the day, June 14

June 17, 2017

David McCullough, on history 

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are. “

Quote of the day, June 12

June 16, 2017

Arthur James Balfour, on biography

“Biography should be written by an acute enemy.”

Quote of the day, May 3

May 3, 2017

Babasaheb Ambedkar, on democracy

“Democracy is not merely a form of government. It is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellow men.”

Quote of the day, April 28

April 28, 2017

Sam Rayburn, on compromise

“If you want to get along, go along.”

Quote of the day, April 27

April 28, 2017

John Adams, on government

“A government of laws and not of men.”