Aphorisms by theme: State

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

Albert Camus

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States are great engines moving slowly.

Francis Bacon

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In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top.

Benjamin Franklin

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By theme : Politics State
The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.

John Acton

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By theme : Democracy Liberty State
The science of government is only a science of combinations, of applications, and of exceptions, according to times, places and circumstances.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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By theme : Science Society State
Only a government that is rich and safe can afford to be a democracy, for democracy is the most expensive and nefarious kind of government ever heard of on earth.

Henry Louis Mencken

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By theme : Democracy State Wit
An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.

Plato

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By theme : Wisdom State Philosophy
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.

Aristotle

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By theme : Politics State
The power and prestige of the country depend primarily on the talent and ability of its people.

Margaret Thatcher

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By theme : Society State
Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies.

Charles de Montesquieu

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By theme : Democracy State Wealth
A man`s wife has more power over him than the state has.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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By theme : Men State Wife
A republic properly understood is a sovereignty of justice, in contradistinction to a sovereignty of will.

Thomas Paine

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By theme : Society State
Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy.

Adlai E. Stevenson

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By theme : Politics State
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.

Charles de Montesquieu

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By theme : Democracy Politics State
Fear is the foundation of most governments.

John Quincy Adams

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The state is the association of men, and not men themselves; the citizen may perish, and the man remain.

Charles de Montesquieu

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A thousand years scarce serve to form a state. An hour may lay it in the dust.

George Gordon Byron

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The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.

John Quincy Adams

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By theme : Society State
Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.

Thomas Jefferson

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By theme : Liberty Politics Society State
In every well-governed state, wealth is a sacred thing; in democracies it is the only sacred thing.

Anatole France

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By theme : Democracy Society State Wealth
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