„There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.“

—  Andrew Jackson, 1830s, Context: It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society — the farmers, mechanics, and laborers — who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government. There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing. Veto Mesage Regarding the Bank of the United States http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/ajveto01.asp (10 July 1832).
Andrew Jackson photo
Andrew Jackson4
1767 - 1845
Publicidade

Citações relacionadas

Thomas Paine photo

„Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one;“

—  Thomas Paine English and American political activist 1737 - 1809
1770s, Common Sense (1776), Context: Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.

Edmund Burke photo

„Vice itself lost half its evil by losing all its grossness.“

—  Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), Volume iii, p. 332

Publicidade
George MacDonald photo
 Maimónides photo
Thomas Paine photo

„The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.“

—  Thomas Paine English and American political activist 1737 - 1809
1770s, Common Sense (1776), Context: Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.

Michel Foucault photo
Sri Aurobindo photo

„In God's providence there is no evil, but only good or its preparation.“

—  Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
Thoughts and Aphorisms (1913), Jnana

Alan Bennett photo

„I have no doubt that in heaven the angels will regard the blessed as a necessary evil.“

—  Alan Bennett English actor, author 1934
Writing Home (1994), Diary entry for August 9, 1985, p. 290.

Max Scheler photo
Jordan Peterson photo

„Evil is the force that believes its knowledge is complete.“

—  Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
Other

Eugene V. Debs photo

„There is no inspiration in evil and no power except for its own destruction.“

—  Eugene V. Debs American labor and political leader 1855 - 1926
The Secret of Efficient Expression (1911)

John F. Kennedy photo

„No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
1963, American University speech

Georg Brandes photo
Enrico Fermi photo

„The fact that no limits exist to the destructiveness of this weapon makes its very existence and the knowledge of its construction a danger to humanity as a whole. It is necessarily an evil thing considered in any light.“

—  Enrico Fermi Italian physicist 1901 - 1954
Context: Such a weapon goes far beyond any military objective and enters the range of very great natural catastrophes. By its very nature it cannot be confined to a military objective but becomes a weapon which in practical effect is almost one of genocide. It is clear that the use of such a weapon cannot be justified on any ethical ground which gives a human being a certain individuality and dignity even if he happens to be a resident of an enemy country... The fact that no limits exist to the destructiveness of this weapon makes its very existence and the knowledge of its construction a danger to humanity as a whole. It is necessarily an evil thing considered in any light. On the Hydrogen bomb in a minority addendum http://honors.umd.edu/HONR269J/archive/GACReport491030.html (co-authored with I. I. Rabi) to an official General Advisory Committee report for the Atomic Energy Commission (30 October 1949)

George F. Kennan photo

„And there is a real question as to whether "bigness" in a body politic is not an evil in itself, quite aside from the policies pursued in its name.“

—  George F. Kennan American advisor, diplomat, political scientist and historian 1904 - 2005
Context: We are, if territory and population be looked at together, one of the great countries of the world — a monster country, one might say, along with others such as China, India, the recent Soviet Union, and Brazil. And there is a real question as to whether "bigness" in a body politic is not an evil in itself, quite aside from the policies pursued in its name. Around the Cragged Hill : A Personal and Political Philosophy (1994), p. 143

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“