Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
Talk is cheap – except when Congress does it.
Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
Thomas A. Edison
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.
Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.
Charles de Gaulle
We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism - and wars.
Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practised.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
My mother was a personal friend of God's. They had ongoing conversations.
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
My mother worked in factories, worked as a domestic, worked in a restaurant, always had a second job.
Giving birth was easier than having a tattoo.
How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.
I am no mother, and I won't be one.
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.
E. M. Forster
I am truly my mother's son.