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It is all very well to talk about being the captain of your soul. It is hard, and only a few heroes, saints, and geniuses have been the captains of their souls for any extended period of their lives. Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort which it brings.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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For whatever deserves to exist deserves also to be known, for knowledge is the image of existence; and things mean and splendid exist alike.

Francis Bacon Quotes

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Except in the sacred texts of democracy and in the incantations of orators, we hardly take the trouble to pretend that the rule of the majority is not at bottom a rule of force. What other virtue can there be in fifty-one percent except the brute fact that fifty-one is more than forty-nine? The rule of fifty-one per cent is a convenience, it is for certain matters a satisfactory political device, it is for others the lesser of two evils, and for others it is acceptable because we do not know any less troublesome method of obtaining a political decision. But it may easily become an absurd tyranny if we regard it worshipfully, as though it were more than a political device. We have lost all sense of its true meaning when we imagine that the opinion of fifty-one per cent is in some high fashion the true opinion of the whole hundred per cent, or indulge in the sophistry that the rule of a majority is based upon the ultimate equality of man.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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What the public does is not to express its opinions but to align itself for or against a proposal. If that theory is accepted, we must abandon the notion that democratic government can be the direct expression of the will of the people. We must abandon the notion that the people govern. Instead we must adopt the theory that, by their occasional mobilizations as a majority, people support or oppose the individuals who actually govern. We must say that the popular will does not direct continuously but that it intervenes occasionally.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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It is the very essence of despotism that it can never afford to fail. This is what distinguishes it most vitally from democracy. In a despotism there is no organized opposition which can take over the power when the Administration in office has failed. All the eggs are in one basket. Everything is staked on one coterie of men. When the going is good, they move more quickly and efficiently than democracies, where the opposition has to be persuaded and conciliated. But when they lose, there are no reserves. There are no substitutes on the bench ready to go out on the field and carry the ball. That is why democracies with the habit of party government have outlived all other forms of government in the modern world. They have, as it were, at least two governments always at hand, and when one fails they have the other. They have diversified the risks of mortality, corruption, and stupidity which pervade all human affairs. They have remembered that the most beautifully impressive machine cannot run for very long unless there is available a complete supply of spare parts.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.

Honore de Balzac Quotes

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To desire the attainment of this equality or superiority by the particular means of others being brought down to our own level, or below it, is, I think, the distinct notion of envy.

Joseph Butler Quotes

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Who overcomesBy force, hath overcome but half his foe.

John Milton Quotes

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Delegating means letting others become the experts and hence the best.

Timothy Firnstahl Quotes

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Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie!" till you can find a rock.

Wynn Catlin Quotes

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I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends. They're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!

Warren Gamaliel Harding Quotes

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One's liberty should end when it becomes the curse of his neighbor.

Frederick Farrar Quotes

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Many a bum show has been saved by the flag.

George M. Cohan Quotes

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I don't know exactly what democracy is. But we need more of it.

Anonymous Chinese Student Quotes

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The greatest Glory of a free-born People, Is to transmit that Freedom to their Children.

William Havard Quotes

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Rulers do not reduce taxes to be kind. Expediency and greed create high taxation, and normally it takes an impending catastrophe to bring it down.

Charles Adams Quotes

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The State, both in its genesis and by its primary intention, is purely anti-social. It is not based on the idea of natural rights, but on the idea that the individual has no rights except those that the State may provisionally grant him. It has always made justice costly and difficult of access, and has invariably held itself above justice and common morality whenever it could advantage itself by so doing.

Albert Jay Nock Quotes

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Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.

Frederick Douglass Quotes

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Politics are about power; we cannot evade that truth or its consequences. We dream of a better world but it is in Utopia- that is, nowhere.

Denis William Brogan Quotes

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All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.

Harry Truman Quotes

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Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

Henry Adams Quotes

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Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer.

William Blackstone Quotes

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Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Henry Kissinger Quotes

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By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of the healing.

Richard Milhous Nixon Quotes

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