In every age its (liberty's) progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man's craving for power, and the poor man's craving for food
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Power tends to corrupt absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority but still more when they are super bad and add the tendency of the certainty of corruption of authority.
History must be our deliverer not only from the undue influence of other times, but from the undue influence of our own, from the tyranny of environment and the pressures of the air we breathe
Two forces which are the worst enemies of civil freedom are the absolute monarchy and the revolution
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It's most presumptuous to believe we already know all the answers and will never get any more big surprises.
The court is like a palace of marble; it's composed of people very hard and very polished.
Jean de la Bruyere
In politics, you must let the other person have your way.