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The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference,and undernourishment.

Bob Inglis Quotes

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Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.

Robert Francis Kennedy Quotes

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In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic. Then they came for me -- and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

Martin Niemöller Quotes

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Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Barry Goldwater Quotes

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Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est." Latin: "A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Letters to Lucilius.

Seneca Quotes

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Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. - Inaugural Address.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

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My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government -- he promised Dad he'd go straight.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violen trevolution inevitable.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

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Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

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The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.

James Fenimore Cooper Quotes

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We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

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History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Quotes

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This is, I say, the time for all good men not to go to the aid of their party, but to come to the aid of their country.

Eugene Mccarthy Quotes

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As President Nixon says, presidents can do almost anything, and President Nixon has done many things that nobody would have thought of doing.

Golda Meir Quotes

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Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.

Hyman Rickover Quotes

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This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.

Mark Russell Quotes

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I slept, and dreamed that life was beauty; I woke, and found that life was Duty.

Ellen Sturgis Hooper Quotes

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A new poll showed that if the election was held today, people would be confused because it is normally held in November.

Kevin Nealon Quotes

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What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.

Edgar Degas Quotes

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Justice is a concept. Muscle is the reality.

Linda Blandford Quotes

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It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales!

Robert Bolt Quotes

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The framers gave us the Second Amendment not so we could go deer or duck hunting but to give us a modicum of protection against congressional tyranny.

Walter Williams Quotes

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The conception that government should be guided by majority opinion makes sense only if that opinion is independent of government. The ideal of democracy rests on the belief that the view which will direct government emerges from an independent and spontaneous process. It requires, therefore, the existence of a large sphere independent of majority control in which the opinions of the individuals are formed.

F.a. Hayek Quotes

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The successful politician owes his power to the fact that he moves within the accepted framework of thought, that he thinks and talks conventionally. It would be almost a contradiction in terms for a politician to be a leader in the field of ideas. His task in a democracy is to find out what the opinions held by the largest number are, not to give currency to new opinions which may become the majority view in some distant future.

F.a. Hayek Quotes

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Even more significant of the inherent weakness of the collectivist theories is the extraordinary paradox that from the assertion that society is in some sense more than merely the aggregate of all individuals their adherents regularly pass by a sort of intellectual somersault to the thesis that in order that the coherence of this larger entity be safeguarded it must be subjected to conscious control, that is, to the control of what in the last resort must be an individual mind. It thus comes about that in practice it is regularly the theoretical collectivist who extols individual reason and demands that all forces of society be made subject to the direction of a single mastermind, while it is the individualist who recognizes the limitations of the powers of individual reason and consequently advocates freedom as a means for the fullest development of the powers of the interindividual process.

F.a. Hayek Quotes

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