quotes tagged with 'despotism'
Author: Thomas S. Monson, Source: http://www.lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-851-23,...
We live in a complex world with currents of conflict everywhere to be found. Political machinations ruin the stability of nations, despots grasp for power, and segments of society seem forever downtrodden, deprived of opportunity, and left with a feeling of failure.
Actually, what is the political struggle that we witness? It is the instinctive struggle of all people toward liberty. And what is this liberty, whose very name makes the heart beat faster and shakes the world? Is it not the union of all liberties -- liberty of conscience, of education, of association, of the press, of travel, of labor, of trade? In short, is not liberty the freedom of every person to make full use of his faculties, so long as he does not harm other persons while doing so? Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism -- including, of course, legal despotism? Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self- defense; of punishing injustice?Author: Frederic Bastiat, Source: The Law, p. 51
(Dr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given to us?)Author: Benjamin Franklin, Source: Unknown
A Republic, if you can keep it.
(What do you mean, "if we can keep it"?)
This Republic, which we have given you with this constitution, will end in despotism, as other forms of government have done before it, when the people become so corrupt that they are incapable of any other form of government.
Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: http://books.google.com/books?id=W5MfcSfA_eUC&pg=PA147&dq=Timi...
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.