“Quote Unquote”

April 5, 2019 § Leave a comment

“It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery.”  —  Demosthenes

“There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.”  —  Lord Acton

“The public, therefore, among a democratic people, has a singular power, which aristocratic nations cannot conceive; for it does not persuade others to its beliefs, but it imposes them and makes them permeate the thinking of everyone by a sort of enormous pressure of the mind of all upon the individual intelligence. In the United States the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own. Everybody there adopts great numbers of theories, on philosophy, morals, and politics, without inquiry, upon public trust; and if we examine it very closely, it will be perceived that religion itself holds sway there much less as a doctrine of revelation than as a commonly received opinion.”  —  Alexis de Tocqueville

 

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