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The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no domination. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely give. We are but one of the champions of the rights of mankind. We shall be satisfied when those rights have been made as secure as the faith and freedom of nations can make them.

The worst of governments are always the most changeable, and cost the people dearest.

The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.

Themistocles said, "The Athenians govern the Greeks; I govern the Athenians; you, my wife, govern me; your son governs you."

There be three sorts of government, monarchical, aristocratical, and democratical, and they are to fall three different ways into ruin: the first, by tyranny; the second, by ambition; the last, by tumults. - A commonwealth, grounded on any one of these, is not of long continuance; but wisely mingled, each guards the other and makes government exact.

They that govern most make least noise. In rowing a barge, they that do drudgery work, slash, puff, and sweat; but he that governs, sits quietly at the stern, and scarce is seen to stir.

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.

This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Though the people support the government the government should not support the people.

To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.

To rule is easy, to govern difficult.

Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

We settle things by a majority vote, and the psychological effect of doing that is to create the impression that the majority is probably right. Of course, on any fine issue the majority is sure to be wrong. Think of taking a majority vote on the best music. Jazz would win over Chopin. Or on the best novel. Many cheap scribblers would win over Tolstoy. And any day a prizefight will get a bigger crowd, larger gate receipts and wider newspaper publicity than any new revelation of goodness, truth or beauty could hope to achieve in a century.

When any of the four pillars of government, religion, justice, counsel, and treasure, are mainly shaken or weakened, men had need to pray for fair weather.

When Tarquin the Proud was asked what was the best mode of governing a conquered city, he replied only by beating down with his staff all the tallest poppies in his garden.

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

You don't pay taxes - they take taxes.


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