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Every Government Degenerates When Trusted to the Rulers of the People Alone…

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” — Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XIV, 1781

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As I Would Not Be a Slave, So I Would Not Be a Master…

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.” — Abraham Lincoln

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The Accumulation of All Powers in the Same Hands is the Definition of Tyranny…

James Madison

James Madison

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”  ― James Madison, Federalist Papers

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A Fondness for Power is Implanted in Most Men

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired.” — Alexander Hamilton

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I Am for Not Making the Poor Easy in Poverty…

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” — Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 1766

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The Law of Nature and the Law of Revelation are Both Divine

James Wilson

James Wilson

“The law of nature and the law of revelation are both Divine: they flow, though in different channels, from the same adorable source. It is indeed preposterous to separate them from each other.” — James Wilson, 1804.

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The Main Cause of the Ruinous Revolution that Swallowed Up 60 Million People…

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible what was the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men had forgotten God; that is why all this has happened.’” — author and Russian dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

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