Quotes of Commonwealth

“ Citizenship is what makes a republic; monarchies can get along without it. ”

- Mark Twain

“ A monarchy is a merchantman, which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock and go to the bottom, whilst a republic is a raft which will never sink, but then your feet are always in water. ”

- Fisher Ames

“ Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom. ”

- Clarence Darrow

“ He did not tell us to make a revolution, he did not call for a coup, but he was so suggestive that we all had to define ourselves. The Polish nation and many other nations awoke. ”

- Lech Walesa

“ Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations? It cannot. ”

- Vladimir Lenin

“ Television is democracy at its ugliest. ”

- Paddy Chayefsky

“ I don't know exactly what democracy is. But we need more of it. ”

- Unknown

“ Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. ”

- John Adams

“ The fight against terror is a common imperative for democracies and must become so for all nations. ”

- Lionel Jospin

“ Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. ”

- G. K. Chesterton

“ Perhaps the grimmest aspect of this great paradox is that the very nations that are chiefly responsible for starting and for maintaining the Disarmament Conference are also the nations that have begun a new arms race. ”

- Arthur Henderson

“ It means that, in fact, it's - whether fascist is the right word I don't know - more of a plutocracy than anything resembling a democracy; it has become a nation controlled by a very small, very wealthy elite. ”

- Peter Singer

“ I wonder how so insupportable a thing as a bookseller was ever permitted to grow up in the Commonwealth. Many of our modern booksellers are but needless excrements, or rather vermin. ”

- George Wither

“ A family is but too often a commonwealth of malignants. ”

- Alexander Pope

“ A Parliament is that to the Commonwealth which the soul is to the body. It behooves us therefore to keep the facility of that soul from distemper. ”

- John Pym

“ Plots, true or false, are necessary things, to raise up commonwealths, and ruin kings. ”

- John Dryden

“ The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise men of all ages, as the surest foundation of the happiness both of private families and of commonwealths. ”

- Benjamin Franklin

“ There is not a more useful man in the commonwealth than a good physician; and by consequence no worthier a person than he that uses his skill with generosity, and compassion. ”

- Sir Richard Steele

“ Though bachelors be the strongest stakes, married men are the best binders, in the hedge of the commonwealth. ”

- Thomas Fuller

“ Mounting an expedition to actualize a Compassionate Commonwealth of all peoples…is the great spiritual challenge of our time. ”

- Sam Keen

“ The family farm is the foundation for who we are as a Commonwealth. And for over a century, the family farm in Kentucky has centered around one crop: tobacco. ”

- Jim Bunning

“ I am George Rogers Clark. You have just become a prisoner of the Commonwealth of Virginia. ”

- George Rogers Clark

“ It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime. ”

- Elizabeth II

“ Luxury ruins republics; poverty, monarchies. ”

- Charles de Montesquieu

“ In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave. ”

- John J. Ingalls

“ The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations — great or small — to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part of the twentieth century. ”

- Adlai E. Stevenson

“ The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations — great or small — to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part of the twentieth century. ”

- Adlai Stevenson

“ The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity. ”

- James Fenimore Cooper

“ Righteousness exalteth a nation. ”

- Bible

“ The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy. ”

- Charles de Montesquieu
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