We are not trying to entertain the critics. I'll take my chances with the public.
It is the common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They misjudge individual speeches for public policy
`Gay panic` is insidious. It is corrupt because it appeals to a public that is used to discarding and disregarding gay lives.
Government's first duty and highest obligation is public safety
The public welfare demands that constitutional cases must be decided according to the terms of the Constitution itself, and not according to judgesí views of fairness, reasonableness, or justice.
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.
The battle for conservation cannot be limited to the winning of new conquests. Like liberty itself, conservation must be fought for unceasingly to protect earlier victories. There are always plenty of hogs who are trying to get natural resources for their own personal benefit! Public lands and parks, our forests and our mineral reserves, are subject to many destructive influences. We have to remain constantly vigilant to prevent raids by those who would selfishly exploit our common heritage for their private gain. Such raids on our natural resources are not examples of enterprise and initiative. They are attempts to take from all the people for the benefit of a few.
The great, unreported story in globalization is about power, not ideology. It's about how finance and business regularly, continuously insert their own self-interested deals and exceptions into rules and agreements that are then announced to the public as "free trade."
Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion polls but for the consequences of their actions.
Those who call us terrorists wish to prevent world public opinion from discovering the truth about us and from seeing the justice on our faces. They seek to bide the terrorism and tyranny of their acts, and our own posture of self-defence.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion
Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice
The time will come when public opinion will no longer tolerate amusements based on the mistreatment and killing of animals. The time will come, but when? When will we reach the point that hunting, the pleasure in killing animals for sport, will be regarded as a mental aberration?
The media have just buried the last yuppie, a pathetic creature who had not heard the news that the great pendulum of public consciousness has just swung from Greed to Compassion and from Tex-Mex to meatballs
I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit
The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty
Democracy is an experiment, and the right of the majority to rule is no more inherent than the right of the minority to rule; and unless the majority represents sane, righteous, unselfish public sentiment, it has no inherent right
Applause, mingled with boos and hisses, is about all that the average voter is able or willing to contribute to public life
The greatest danger to liberty today comes from the men who are most needed and most powerful in modern government, namely, the efficient expert administrators exclusively concerned with what they regard as the public good
Sooner or later we've got to tie the saving of the natural world to our own public welfare.
A commuter tie-up consists of you - and people who for some reason won't use public transit.
No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.
“Applause, mingled with boos and hisses, is about all that the average voter is able or willing to contribute to public life.”
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Without Freedom of thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of speech