Philosophers, Politicians and Poets

Philosophers and Politicians

(Some of my favorite quotes)

                                                                                       See Poets  and Troubadours below



                                                       Plato (ca. 427 - 347 B.C.)                                                                                                             Voltaire 

    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   



                              “Reading furnishes the mind only                                    "They that approve a private opinion,

                              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."                               

                                                                                                                                                    ~Thomas Hobbes



                                     "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."

                                                                                                                                              ~Thomas Jefferson



                             "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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