Philosophers, Politicians and Poets
Philosophers and Politicians
(Some of my favorite quotes)
Those who are too smart to engage in politics Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
are punished by being governed by those who Anyone who has the power to make you
are dumber ~Plato believe absurdities has the power to make
you commit injustices. ~ Voltaire
“Toleration is not the opposite of intolerance, "Never exceed your rights and they will
but it is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotism, become unlimited"
the one assumes to itself the right of withholding ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau
liberty of conscience, the other of granting it.”
~ Thomas Paine
with materials of knowledge; it is all it an opinion; but they that dislike it
thinking that makes what we read ours.” heresy, and yet heresy signifies no more
~John Locke than private opinion."
"If men were angels, no "We have no right to prejudice another
government would be necessary." in his civil enjoyments because he is of
~ James Madison another church."
"From each according to his abilities, “Conservatives are not necessarily stupid,
to each according to his needs.” but most stupid people are conservatives.”
~Karl Marx ~ John Stuart Mills
"The test of our progress is not whether we add “ One person can make a difference
to the abundance of those who have much. It is and everyone should try."
whether we provide enough to those who have little.” ~John F. Kennedy
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' It was once said that the moral test
Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' of government is how that government
But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' treats those who are in the dawn of life,
And there comes a time when one must take the children; those who are in the twilight
a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor of life, the elderly; and those who are in
popular but because conscience tells one it is the shadows of life, the sick, the needy
right.” and the handicapped.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey
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