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  • God leaves to Man the choice of Forms in Government; and those who constitute one Form, may abrogate it.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • This submission is a restraint of liberty, but could be of no effect as to the good intended, unless it were general; nor general, unless it were natural.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • Laws and constitutions ought to be weighed... to constitute that which is most conducing to the establishment of justice and liberty.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • 'Tis hard to comprehend how one man can come to be master of many, equal to himself in right, unless it be by consent or by force.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • All the nations they had to deal with, had the same fate.
    (Algernon Sydney)


  • Many things are unknown to the wisest, and the best men can never wholly divest themselves of passions and affections... nothing can or ought to be permanent but that which is perfect.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • A general presumption that Icings will govern well, is not a sufficient security to the People... those who subjected themselves to the will of a man were governed by a beast.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • Who will wear a shoe that hurts him, because the shoe-maker tells him 'tis well made?
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • To depend upon the Will of a Man is Slavery.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • Such as have reason, understanding, or common sense, will, and ought to make use of it in those things that concern themselves and their posterity, and suspect the words of such as are interested in deceiving or persuading them not to see with their own eyes.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • Everyone sees they cannot well live asunder, nor many together, without some rule to which all must submit.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • The common Notions of Liberty are not from School Divines, but from Nature.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • The truth is, man is hereunto led by reason which is his nature.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • The general revolt of a Nation cannot be called a Rebellion.
    (Algernon Sydney)

  • That is the best Government, which best provides for war.
    (Algernon Sydney)


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