quotes tagged with 'republic'
Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: 1824
In a republican nation whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance.
Author: Elmer Davis, Source: Unknown
The republic was not established by cowards, and cowards will not preserve it.
Author: Ronald Reagan, Source: Flag Day 1986
Today we celebrate Flag Day, the birthday of our Stars and Stripes. As we think back over the history of our nation's flag, we remember that the story of its early years was often one of hardship and trials, sometimes a fight for simple survival. ... As the American Republic grew and prospered and new stars were added to the flag, the ideal of freedom grew and prospered. From the rolling hills of Kentucky to the shores of California to the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon, our pioneers carried our flag before them, a symbol of the indomitable spirit of a free people. And let us never forget that in honoring our flag, we honor the American men and women who have courageously fought and died for it over the last 200 years, patriots who set an ideal above any consideration of self. Our flag flies free today because of their sacrifice.
The people made the Constitution, and the people can unmake it. It is the creature of their will, and lives only by their will.Author: John Marshall, Source: http://www.vlib.us/amdocs/texts/cohens.htm
The way to have good and safe government is not to trust it all to one; but to divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly the functions he is competent to. Let the National Government be entrusted with the defense of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations; the State governments with the civil rights, laws, police and administration of what concerns the state generally; the counties with the local concerns of the counties and each ward direct the interests within itself. It is by dividing and subdividing these republics, from the great national one down through all its subordinations, until it ends in the administration of every manís farm and affairs by himself; by placing under every one what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best. What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body, no matter whether of the autocrats of Russia or France, or the aristocrats of a Venetian Senate.Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: Letter to Joseph C. Cabell, 1816
...democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.Author: James Madison, The Federalist No. 10, Source: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa10.htm
A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking.
When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.Author: Montesquieu, Source: Spirit of the Laws, VIII,c.12
Every government that does not act on the principle of a Republic, or in other words, that does not make the res-publica [public good] its whole and sole object, is not good government. Republican government is no other than government established and conducted for the interest of the public, as well individually as collectively.Author: Thomas Paine, Source: Rights of Man, p. 119
In the representative system, the reason for everything must publicly appear. Every man is a proprietor in government, and considers it a necessary part of his business to understand. It concerns his interest, because it affects his property. He examines the cost, and compares it with the advantages; and above all, he does not adopt the slavish custom of following what in other governments are called LEADERS.Author: Thomas Paine, Source: Rights of Man, p. 123
When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.Author: Benjamin Franklin, Source: Unknown