quotes tagged with 'king'
Author: Thomas Paine, Source: Common Sense
"... no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever ..."
Author: Thomas Paine, Source: Common Sense
It [government by kings] was the most prosperous invention the Devil ever set on foot for the promotion of idolatry.
The kingdom of God is an order of government established by divine authority. It is the only legal government that can exist in any part of the universe. All other governments are illegal and unauthorized. God having made all beings and worlds, has the supreme right to govern them by his own laws, and by officers of his own appointment. Any people attempting to govern themselves by laws of their own making, and by officers of their own appointment, are in direct rebellion against the kingdom of God.Author: Joseph Fielding Smith, Source: Seek Ye Earnestly, p. 22, Deseret Book, 1970
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.Author: James Madison, Source: Federalist Papers #47
Being a ruler is not so much a privilege of power as an obligation to practice what a man preaches. Author: Bruce C. Hafen and Marie K. Hafen, Source: “Crossing Thresholds and Becoming Equal Partners,” Ensign, Aug 2007, 24–29
Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If to-day he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him,--'I see no probability of the British invading us'; but he will say to you, 'Be silent: I see it, if you don't.'Author: Abraham Lincoln, Source: Abraham Lincoln: a Documentary Portrait Through His Speeches and Writings
The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood.
When did We the People ever vote to be ruled? Controlled? Herded? Has this nation come full circle, only to be ruled by another King George? But much has changed since 1776 and American guts and glory may already have been spent. America won its independence from King George (the one on the other side of the ocean) when local leaders joined the citizenry to form militias and fight for freedom. How can America possibly be taken, again, from King George (the one on this side of the ocean)? We are not to form local militias and our neighbors in uniform are all the king's men who have been blinded until they no longer recognize a royal imposter; an unconstitutional acting one, at that.Author: Linda Schrock Taylor, Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/taylor/taylor133.html
He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.Author: John Milton, Source: Unknown
After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.Author: Italian Proverb, Source: Unknown
Our lives have already become jeopardized by revealing the wicked and bloodthirsty purposes of our enemies; and for the future we must cease to do so. All we have said about them is truth, but it is not always wise to relate all the truth. Even Jesus, the Son of God, had to refrain from doing so, and had to restrain His feelings many times for the safety of Himself and His followers, and had to conceal the righteous purposes of His heart in relation to many things pertaining to His Father’s kingdom.Author: Joseph Smith, Source: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 392
When still a boy He had all the intelligence necessary to enable Him to rule and govern the kingdom of the Jews, and could reason with the wisest and most profound doctors of law and divinity, and make their theories and practice to appear like folly compared with the wisdom He possessed; but He was a boy only, and lacked physical strength even to defend His own person; and was subject to cold, to hunger and to death. So it is with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; we have the revelation of Jesus, and the knowledge within us is sufficient to organize a righteous government upon the earth, and to give universal peace to all mankind, if they would receive it, but we lack the physical strength, as did our Savior when a child, to defend our principles, and we have a necessity to be afflicted, persecuted and smitten, and to bear if patiently until Jacob is of age, then he will take care of himself.