Republicanism Quotes

Quotes tagged as "republicanism" (showing 1-21 of 21)
Abraham Lincoln
“Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
Abraham Lincoln

Christopher Hitchens
“So this is where all the vapid talk about the 'soul' of the universe is actually headed. Once the hard-won principles of reason and science have been discredited, the world will not pass into the hands of credulous herbivores who keep crystals by their sides and swoon over the poems of Khalil Gibran. The 'vacuum' will be invaded instead by determined fundamentalists of every stripe who already know the truth by means of revelation and who actually seek real and serious power in the here and now. One thinks of the painstaking, cloud-dispelling labor of British scientists from Isaac Newton to Joseph Priestley to Charles Darwin to Ernest Rutherford to Alan Turing and Francis Crick, much of it built upon the shoulders of Galileo and Copernicus, only to see it casually slandered by a moral and intellectual weakling from the usurping House of Hanover. An awful embarrassment awaits the British if they do not declare for a republic based on verifiable laws and principles, both political and scientific.”
Christopher Hitchens

“I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”
Oliver Cromwell.

Robert G. Ingersoll
“I believe in the fireside. I believe in the democracy of home. I believe in the republicanism of the family. I believe in liberty, equality and love.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

Thomas Jefferson
“God grant that men of principle shall be our principal men.”
Thomas Jefferson

Johann Hari
“The US head of state grew up on food stamps. The British head of state grew up on the postage stamps.”
Johann Hari

Johann Hari
“The American head of state grew up with a mother on food stamps. The British head of state grew up with a mother on postage stamps. Is that a contrast that fills you with pride?”
Johann Hari

Johann Hari
“I'm so patriotic, I think every British kid should have a chance to grow up to be our head of state.”
Johann Hari

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
“Europe's rise is written in the terms of Christianity & Monarchy, Europe's decay in the terms of Republicanism, Progressivism & Godlessness.”
Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, The Menace Of The Herd: Or, Procrustes At Large

Martha Gellhorn
“A dock worker from East Ham also spoke of freedom. "You'll never find the English going Communist" he said. "We don't like it. It's not true Communism, it dictatorial. We want to say what we think. I'm a republican myself and I don't like the Royal Family. They all look as if a good day's work would kill them".”
Martha Gellhorn, The View from the Ground

Gordon S. Wood
“In monarchies, each man's desire to do what was right in his own eyes could be restrained by beer, or force, by patronage, or by honor, and by professional standing armies. By contrast, republics had to hold themselves together from the bottom up, ultimately.”
Gordon S. Wood, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815

Montesquieu
“In republican governments, men are all equal; equal they are also in despotic governments: in the former, because they are everything; in the latter, because they are nothing.”
Montesquieu

Montesquieu
“Government should be set up so that no man need be afraid of another.”
Montesquieu

“Better to live under one tyrant a thousand miles away, than a thousand tyrants one mile away.”
Daniel Bliss

François Guizot
“Democracy is a cry of war; it is the flag of the party of numbers placed below raised against those above. A flag sometimes raised in the name of the rights of men, but sometimes in the name of crude passions; sometimes raised against the most iniquitous usurpations but also sometimes against legitimate superiority.”
François Guizot

“The substance of what I have to say to the disadvantage of the theory and practice of universal suffrage is that it tends to invert what I should have regarded as the true and natural relation between wisdom and folly. I think that wise and good men ought to rule those who are foolish and bad. To say that the sole function of the wise and good is to preach to their neighbors, and that everyone indiscriminately should be left to do what he likes, should be provided with a ratable share of the sovereign power in the shape of the vote, and that the result of this will be the direction of power by wisdom, seems to me the wildest romance that ever got possession of any considerable number of minds.”
James Fitzjames Stephen

“Civic virtue is not best justified in terms of fair play in a cooperative enterprise for mutual advantage, because citizenship is not a strictly reciprocal relationship in which people receive benefits in proportion to their contributions, but a joint relationship that realises the common good of freedom and self-government.”
Iseult Honohan, Civic Republicanism

Jon Meacham
“Democracy is easy; republicanism is hard. Democracy is fueled by passion; republicanism is founded on moderation. Democracy is loud, raucous, disorderly; republicanism is quiet, cool, judicious – and that we still live in its light is the Founders' most wondrous deed.”
Jon Meacham, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation

Herodotus
“The rule of the people has the fairest name of all, equality (isonomia), and does none of the things that a monarch does. The lot determines offices, power is held accountable, and deliberation is conducted in public.”
Herodotus, The Histories

“You're confusing weather with climate. When it's cold in the winter, that's weather. When it's cold in Alaska, that's climate.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories - Finding Happiness in Los Angeles

“We have seen the death of Republicanism, of special privilege and national boodle.”
Clyde Brion Davis, The Great American Novel