The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty
There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations
I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power not longer susceptible of any definition
When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys
There, in her den, lay pompous luxury,
Stretch'd out at length; no vice could boast such high
And genial victories as she had won;
Of which proud trophies there at large were shown,
Besides small states and kingdoms ruined
Those mighty monarchies that had o'erspread
The spacious earth, and stretch'd their conquering arms
From pole to pole, by her ensnaring charms
Were quite consum'd; there lay imperial Rome,
That vanquish'd all the world, by her o'ercome;
Fetter'd was th' old Assyrian lion there;
The Grecian leopard, and the Persian bear;
With others numberless, lamenting by,
Examples of the power of luxury.
The impression forces itself upon one that men measure by false standards, that everyone seeks power, success, riches for himself, and admires others who attain them, while undervaluing the truly precious thing in life.
The art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of our great men.
Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfillment.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness, and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.
All works are being done by the energy and power of nature, but due to delusion of ego people assume themselves to be the doer.
Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power if within, and it is available to you now.
Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think
The land is like poetry: it is inexplicably coherent, it is transcendent in its meaning, and it has the power to elevate a consideration of human life.
The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
“Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of the atom is talking moonshine”
“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”
Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
Engineering is the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man.
Power comes from the heart...your head will run away from you, but your heart is always with you.
Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.
Few men are so obstinate in their atheism, that a pressing danger will not compel them to the acknowledgement of a divine power.