"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
-- Albert Einstein
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
“What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Non nobis solum nati sumus. (We are not born for ourselves alone.)”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero, On Duties
"The law of nature is that which God at the time of creation of the nature of man infused into his heart, for his preservation and direction. ... the ligeance or faith of the subject is due unto the king by the law of nature: secondly, that the law of nature is part of the law of England: thirdly, that the law of nature was before any judicial or municipal law: fourthly, that the law of nature is immutable."
-- Sir Edward Coke
Coke was an Englishman, obviously. In America, of course, we recognize the whole body of the people as the sovereign, under God.
"Justice is the constant and unfailing will to give to each his right.'
-- Azo of Bologna
"There is not in the whole science of politics a more solid or a more important maxim than this -- that of all governments, those are the best, which, by the natural effect of their constitutions, are frequently renewed or drawn back to their first principles."
-- James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791
"Every man, and every body of men on earth, possesses the right of self-government."