Posts Tagged ‘government’

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, March 28

March 28, 2017

Winston S. Churchill, from A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain (1956)

“Unlike the remainder of Western Europe, which still retains the imprint and tradition of Roman law and the Roman system of government, the English-speaking peoples had at the close of the period covered by this volume [699-1485] achieved a body of legal and what might also be called democratic principles which survived the upheavals and onslaught of the French and Spanish Empires. Parliament, trial by jury, local government run by local citizens, and even the beginnings of a free Press, may be discerned, at any rate in primitive form, by the time Christopher Columbus set sail for the American continent.”

Quote of the day, June 4

June 4, 2015

Sir Walter Scott, on education

“All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.”

Quote of the day, April 5

April 5, 2015

Mohandas K. Gandhi, on leadership (1946)

“We shall have full freedom only when our uncrowned king Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and his colleagues in the Interim Government devote themselves to the service of the poor as people expect them to do.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 23

October 23, 2013

Benjamin Franklin, on freedom of speech (1737)

“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 29

August 29, 2013

Carl L. Becker, on the Declaration of Independence (1922)

“What they needed, in addition to many specific grievances against their particular king, was a fundamental presupposition against kings in general. What they needed was a theory of government that provided a place for rebellion, that made it respectable, and even meritorious under certain circumstances.”

Quote of the day, April 10

April 10, 2012

Corazon Aquino, on freedom of expression

“Freedom of expression—in particular, freedom of the press—guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 22

October 22, 2011
Daily Telegraph‘s Josie Filmer, on freedom of the press

“The rise of the internet and unregulated bloggers, who comment scurrilously on current affairs, has been seen as the greatest threat to traditional media. (more…)

Quote of the day, June 7

June 7, 2011

Thomas Babington Macaulay, on government (1824)

“That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.”

Quote of the day, April 19

April 19, 2011

Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, for the majority in Miller v. California (1973)

“The First Amendment protects works which, taken as a whole, have serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value, regardless of whether the government or a majority of the people approve of the ideas these works represent.”