Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
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There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.