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Edmund Burke, 1729 - 1797
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue?
It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
(Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790)
Circumstances...give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing colour, and discriminating effect.
The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
(Speech at a County Meeting of Buckinghamshire, 1784)
When bad men [and women] combine, the good must associate;
else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
(Thoughts on the Present Discontents, 1770)
The temper of the people amongst whom he [or she] presides ought therefore to be the first study of a Statesman [or Stateswoman].
And the knowledge of this temper it is by no means impossible for him [or her] to attain, if he [or she] has not
an interest in being ignorant of what it is his [or her] duty to learn.
Bonhomme Richard vs. HMS Serapis - 1900 Hours (Local) 23 Sept 1779; Off Flamborough Head, England
USS Constitution vs. HMS Guerriere - 1820 Hours (Local) 19 Aug 1812; Aprox.400 miles Southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia
USS Monitor vs. CSS Virginia - 9 Mar 1862; Hampton Roads, Virginia
...At Times, Some Lives Don't Matter...
Henry Louis Mencken, 1880 - 1956
Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.
If a politician found he [she] had cannibals among his [her] constituents, he [she] would promise them missionaries for dinner.
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety)
by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.