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When a government is arrived to that degree of corruption as to be incapable of reforming itself, it would not lose much by being new moulded
The culminating point of administration is to know well how much power, great or small, we ought to use in all circumstances
On the throne, one has many worries; and remorse is the one that weighs the least
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable
I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time
All government, of course, is against liberty
The worst government is the most moral
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top, there is no limit to repression
No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet every one thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government
When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."