„The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his fellow-men.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child
Context: Only a few years ago there was a great awakening of the human mind. Men began to inquire by what right a crowned robber made them work for him? The man who asked this question was called a traitor. Others asked by what right does a robed hypocrite rule my thought? Such men were called infidels. The priest said, and the king said, where is this spirit of investigation to stop? They said then and they say now, that it is dangerous for man to be free. I deny it. Out on the intellectual sea there is room enough for every sail. In the intellectual air there is space enough for every wing. The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his fellow-men.
— Nathan Bedford Forrest Confederate Army general 1821 - 1877
As quoted in May I Quote You, General Forrest? by Randall Bedwell.
„It is not the rich man's son that the young struggler for advancement has to fear in the race of life, nor his nephew, nor his cousin. Let him look out for the "dark horse" in the boy who begins by sweeping out the office.“
— Andrew Carnegie American businessman and philanthropist 1835 - 1919
„I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety.“
— Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
The Petersburg men had written Douglass seeking advice about supporting John M. Langston as their Republican candidate for Congress. He would be their first black representative, but earlier he had worked against the Republican party. Douglass called him a trickster and said not to support anyone "whose mad ambition would imperil the success of the Republican party."
„From now on, any individual or any political party that opposes My policies will be declared a traitor to the Nation and... punished [accordingly].“
— Norodom Sihanouk Cambodian King 1922 - 2012
Radio adress (January 13, 1953), as quoted in Philip Short (2004) Pol Pot: The History of a Nightmare, page 83.
„This is the sentiment of the chosen leader of the Black Republican party; and can you doubt that it is not entertained by every solitary member of that same party? You cannot, I think. He is a representative man; his sentiments are the sentiments of his party; his principles of political action are the principles of political action of his party. I say, then; it is true, at least, that the Republican party of the North hates slavery.“
— Henry L. Benning Confederate Army general 1814 - 1875
Context: These are pregnant statements; they avow a sentiment, a political principle of action, a sentiment of hatred to slavery as extreme as hatred can exist. The political principle here avowed is, that his action against slavery is not to be restrained by the Constitution of the United States, as interpreted by the Supreme Court of the United States. I say, if you can find any degree of hatred greater than that, I should like to see it. This is the sentiment of the chosen leader of the Black Republican party; and can you doubt that it is not entertained by every solitary member of that same party? You cannot, I think. He is a representative man; his sentiments are the sentiments of his party; his principles of political action are the principles of political action of his party. I say, then; it is true, at least, that the Republican party of the North hates slavery.
„[T]he generation of the Founding Fathers, who certainly knew the story of Noah and his sons, nonetheless believed in the equality of the races.“
— Harry V. Jaffa American historian and collegiate professor 1918 - 2015
„He who thinks a great deal is not suited to be a party man: he thinks his way through the party and out the other side too soon.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
„The President of the United States of necessity owes his election to office to the suffrage and zealous labors of a political party, the members of which cherish with ardor and regard as of essential importance the principles of their party organization; but he should strive to be always mindful of the fact that he serves his party best who serves the country best.“
— Rutherford B. Hayes American politician, 19th President of the United States (in office from 1877 to 1881) 1822 - 1893
Inaugural Address (5 March 1877)
„I will be running for senator as an independent and I have no plans of joining any political party.“
— Francis Escudero Filipino politician 1969
The Philippine Daily Inquirer http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/696814/ive-never-been-part-of-liberal-party-escudero
„A man who becomes used to deluding himself, who fails to face his own faults with revolutionary honesty and even lies to himself, is the most likely to become a traitor, since lying is the beginning of treachery.“
— Ashraf Dehghani amongst the most well known Iranian female Communist revolutionary and member of the Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas 1948
Torture and Resistance in Iran, 1971