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
A compassionate government keeps faith with the trust of the people and cherishes the future of their children
Dedication and responsibility, Far beyond the laws governed by man, Releases the power within you, To attain all the wisdom of the universe
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it
Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens . . . There has never been a moment of my life in which I should have relinquished for it the enjoyments of my family, my farm, my friends and books.
A civil servant is sometimes like a broken cannon - it won't work and you can't fire it.
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment
If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also
Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
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
All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
If we get a government that reflects more of what this country is really about, we can turn the century -- and the economy -- around.
Centralization at the national capital or within a business undertaking always glorifies the importance of pieces of paper. This dims the sense of reality
Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote
It may be true that the government that governs best governs least. Unfortunately, the same is also true of the government that governs worst.
Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially for the lower classes of people, are so extremely wise and useful that to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.
If government were a product, selling it would be illegal
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned -- this is the sum of good government
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern
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