— Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
„There are some who lack confidence in the integrity and capacity of the people to govern themselves.“
„The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves - in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Context: The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves - in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere. The desirable things which the individuals of a people can not do, or can not well do, for themselves, fall into two classes: those which have relation to wrongs, and those which have not. Each of these branch off into an infinite variety of subdivisions. The first - that in relation to wrongs - embraces all crimes, misdemeanors, and nonperformance of contracts. The other embraces all which, in its nature, and without wrong, requires combined action, as public roads and highways, public schools, charities, pauperism, orphanage, estates of the deceased, and the machinery of government itself. From this it appears that if all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need for government. Fragment on Government http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/lincoln2/1:261?rgn=div1;view=fulltext (1 July 1854?) in "The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln", ed. Roy P. Basler, Vol. 2, pp. 220-221
— John C. Maxwell, Developing the Leader Within You
„Our lack of confidence is not the result of difficulty. The difficulty comes from our lack of confidence.“
— Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 a.C.
Context: But how much more highly do I think of these men! They can do these things, but decline to do them. To whom that ever tried have these tasks proved false? To what man did they not seem easier in the doing? Our lack of confidence is not the result of difficulty. The difficulty comes from our lack of confidence. Also translated as: It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, but because we do not dare, things are difficult. Letter CIV, verse 26
„Some party hack decreed that the people
had lost the government's confidence
and could only regain it with redoubled effort.
If that is the case, would it not be simpler,
If the government simply dissolved the people
And elected another?“
— Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956
"The Solution" ["Die Lösung"] (c. 1953), as translated in Brecht on Brecht : An Improvisation (1967) by George Tabori, p. 17 Variant translation: The Secretary of the Writers Union Had flyers distributed in Stalin Way that said That the People had frivolously Thrown away the Government's Confidence And that they could only regain it Through Redoubled Work. But wouldn't it be Simpler if the Government Simply dissolved the People And elected another?
„Do you know what happens with people who cannot govern themselves? That's right. Others come in to govern for them“
— Cormac McCarthy American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter 1933
„Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.“
— Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
Speech to the Los Angeles Town Club, Los Angeles, California (11 September 1952); Speeches of Adlai Stevenson (1952), p. 31
— Vince Lombardi American football player, coach, and executive 1913 - 1970
„Lack of love and egoism drags people into fragmentation. Love on the other hand brings about integration.“
— Harun Yahya Turkish author 1956
Context: Lack of love and egoism drags people into fragmentation. Love on the other hand brings about integration. Would anyone want to be separated from his loved one? One would only want to be separated from those he doesn’t love. One would not want to see those he hates. All these fragmentations in the world stem from a lack of love. 4 January 2014.
„In the last resort, the moral quality of a government—of any government—is conditioned by the moral quality of the people whom it governs: for it is the people themselves who produce the personnel of the great administrative machinery which we describe as "government".“
— Muhammad Asad Austro-Hungarian writer and academic 1900 - 1992
Chapter: Calling All Muslims, Radio Broadcast # 7, p 116
„In the end, young people are at risk of being disinherited from their community if that community lacks the courage and confidence to teach its history.“
— John Howard 25th Prime Minister of Australia 1939
Australia Day Address, January 25, 2006
— Herbert Hoover 31st President of the United States of America 1874 - 1964
Quoted in the New York Times (9 August 1964)
„Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.“
— James Madison 4th president of the United States (1809 to 1817) 1751 - 1836
Context: A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. Letter to W.T. Barry http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch18s35.html (4 August 1822), in The Writings of James Madison (1910) edited by Gaillard Hunt, Vol. 9, p. 103; these words, using the older spelling "Governours", are inscribed to the left of the main entrance, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.
— Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592