Nourishment for the mind and soul

June 26, 2004
Singapore Democrats

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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” –Tacitus
 

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” –Benjamin Franklin
 

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.” — Mignon McLaughlin
 

Any doctrine that weakens personal responsibility for judgment and for action helps create the attitudes that welcome and support the totalitarian state.” –John Dewey
 

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.” –Mahatma Gandhi
 

He who allows oppression, shares the crime.” –Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin

I know of no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but the people. And if we think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take power from them, but to inform them by education.” –Thomas Jefferson

A great many laws in a country, like many physicians, is a sign of malady.” –Voltaire

Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic.” –Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Those who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order.” –John V. Lindsay
 

Justice will only exist where those not effected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended.” –Plato

If…the machine of government…is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.” –Henry David Thoreau