Archive for the ‘political science’ Category

Quote of the day, Oct. 27

October 27, 2016

Karl Menninger, on problems

“Unrest of spirit is a mark of life; one problem after another presents itself and in the solving of them we can find out greatest pleasure.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 17

September 17, 2016

Thomas Jefferson, on constitutional power and education (letter to W.C. Jarvis, 1820)

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves ; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

Quote of the day, July 30

July 30, 2016

James Madison, on freedom

“There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

Quote of the day, June 19

June 19, 2016

Edward Gibbon, from History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

“Although Augustus considered a military force as the firmest foundation, he wisely rejected it, as a very odious instrument of government. It was more agreeable to his temper, as well as to his policy, to reign under the venerable names of ancient magistracy, and artfully to collect, in his own person, all the scattered rays of civil jurisdiction. With this view, he permitted the senate to confer upon him, for his life, the powers of the consular and tribunitian offices, which were, in the same manner, continued to all his successors. (more…)

Quote of the day, June 17

June 17, 2016

President Gerald R. Ford, on Watergate

“The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.”

Quote of the day, 9 May

May 9, 2016

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, first president of Czechoslovakia

“Tell me what you read, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

Quote of the day, May 7

May 7, 2016

Alexander Dubcek, on freedom

“You can crush the flowers, but you can’t stop the spring.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 21

February 21, 2016

Winston S. Churchill, on self-government

“Any intelligent community will much rather govern itself ill, than be well governed by some other community: and we, whatever our intentions, have not the knowledge of their problems to enable us to give even good government.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 10

February 10, 2016

Ralph Waldo Emerson, on Abraham Lincoln (1862)

“The President impressed me more favorably than I had hoped. A frank, sincere, well-meaning man, with a lawyer’s habit of mind, good clear statement of his fact, correct enough, not vulgar, as described; but with a sort of boyish cheerfulness, or that kind of sincerity and jolly good meaning that our class meetings on Commencement Days show, in telling our old stories over.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 31

January 31, 2016

Aristotle, from Politics

“He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.”