This is a list of quotes I find compelling. Disclaimer: I do not necessarily fully endorse all of them.
You may also be interested in a list of specifically political quotes.
- When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
- P.J. O'Rourke
- If you protect a man from folly, you will soon have a nation of fools.
- William Penn
- If the People only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system there would be a revolution before morning!
- Andrew Jackson, upon vetoing the Second Bank of the United States Charter
- And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Taylor (28 May 1816)
- Your republic will be as fearfully plundered and laid waste by barbarians in the twentieth century as the Roman Empire was in the fifth; with this difference; that the Huns and Vandals who ravaged the Roman Empire came from without and your Huns and Vandals will have been engendered within your own country, by your own institutions.
- Thomas B. Macaulay, speaking of America, 1857
- A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship.
- Alexander Tytler, 1800s
- The ultimate ignorance is the rejection of something you know nothing about and refuse to investigate.
- Dr. Wayne Dyer
- I swear upon the altar of God, eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
- Thomas Jefferson
- We may breathe for a time under the blighting shadow of a splendid, national, consolidated government; but, sir, it will be to us and our posterity the calm of despotism. Virginia will be Virginia no longer. She may, indeed, retain her place on that map; her rivers may continue to rail to the ocean; and her mountains may lift their eternal summits to the skies; but her spirit will be gone, and she will tamely crouch under the rod of tyrants. When we yield this principle of State Sovereignty, let us strike our proud motto from our arms, for the broken chain and the dagger, her sic semper tyrannis, and all the recollections of her ancient glory, will only remain as sad memorials of her degradation. To live under such a government is not the liberty I desire. I would rather have a crust of bread and a cup of cold water in a wilderness, where I was free, than to tread the halls of palaces, and be a slave.
- Mr. Gilmer, of Albemarle, Richmond Enquirer, 1833
- Sic Semper Tyrannis; thus always to tyrants.
- Great Seal of Virginia