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The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.

    Topics: Government

The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.

    Topics: Government

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence - it is force.

    Topics: Government

My movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.

    Topics: Government, Feelings

'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances, with any portion of the foreign world - as far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it.

    Topics: Government

While just government protects all in their religious rites, true religion affords government its surest support.

    Topics: Government

It is among the evils, and perhaps not the smallest, of democratic governments, that the people must feel before they will see. When this happens, they are roused to action. Hence it is that those kinds of government are too slow.

    Topics: Government

Government is not mere advice; it is authority, with power to enforce its laws.

    Topics: Government, Authority

The aggregate happiness of society, which is best promoted by the practise of a virtuous policy, is, or ought to be, the end of all government.

    Topics: Government, Virtue, Happiness

The very idea of the power and right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.

    Topics: Government, Power

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government, and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This, within certain limits, is probably true. But in governments of a popular character, and purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent it bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

    Topics: Government, Politics, Liberty

In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude. Every man will speak as he thinks, or, more properly, without thinking, and consequently will judge of effects without attending to their causes.

    Topics: Government, Freedom

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