Political Quotes

Borrowed from Intellectual Conservative, Light in Dark Places, and Kiwi Pundit.

Maimonides (1135-1204): It is “possible for a person to be born with a tendency to one of the virtues or one of the shortcomings – i.e., conduct [representative of this trait] will come easier to him than other types of conduct. He should not say that these shortcomings are already ingrained in his character and cannot be removed. For in every situation a person has the choice of changing from good to bad, and from bad to good. The choice is in his hands.”

George Washington, 1796: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness – these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”

John Adams, 1798: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Harry Truman, 150 years later: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State.”

G. K. Chesterton: “I am very glad that our fashionable fiction seems to be full of a return to paganism, for it may possibly be the first step of a return to Christianity. Neo-pagans have sometimes forgotten, when they set out to do everything the old pagans did, that the final thing the old pagans did was to get christened.”

C. S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity: “Whenever you find a man who says he doesn’t believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later.”

Alice Cooper: “But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s rebellion.”

Cicero: “When a government becomes powerful, it is destructive, extravagant and violent; it is an usurper which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance for votes with which to perpetuate itself.”

George Washington: “Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force.”

Abraham Lincoln: “In all that people can do for themselves, the government ought not to interfere.”

John Stuart Mill: “The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power.”

Helen Clark: “The government’s role is whatever the government defines it to be.”

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