Forms Of Government Quotes by Thomas Jefferson, Will Durant, Barack Obama, Aristotle, Winston Churchill, Alexander Hamilton and many others.
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.
I think I will still feel that same appreciation for what [Winston] Churchill and others have said is the worst form of government except all the alternatives.
Aristocracy is that form of government in which education and discipline are qualifications for suffrage and office holding.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government.
A republican form of government, without intelligence in the people, must be, on a vast scale, what a mad-house, without superintendent or keepers, would be on a small one.
I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government rather than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.
The form of government which communicates ease, comfort, security, or, in one word, happiness, to the greatest number of persons, and in the greatest degree, is the best.
The goodness or badness, justice or injustice, of laws varies of necessity with the constitution of states. This, however, is clear, that the laws must be adapted to the constitutions. But if so, true forms of government will of necessity have just laws, and perverted forms of government will have unjust laws.
A respect for the rights of other peoples to determine their forms of government and their economy will not weaken our democracy. It will inevitably strengthen it.
I hold no brief for Communists, but I believe in and will defend their right to act independently within the law. I question whether members of the committee are interested in defending our form of government or whether they are attempting to suppress political opinion at odds with their own.
Trusting each other is the beginning of a certain secular faith, a faith that allows us to live in families and communities and nations. Democracy, above all other forms of government, requires this faith.
People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.
If the English want a king, it is their business. If the Russians want communism, it is their business. If the Americans want our form of government, it is our business.
Forms of government are forged mainly in the fire of practice, not in the vacuum of theory. They respond to national character and to national realities.
The problem to be solved is, not what form of government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect.