What, then, is the government? An intermediate body established between the subjects and the sovereign for their mutual correspondence, charged with the execution of the laws and with the maintenance of liberty both civil and political.[Qu’est-ce donc que le gouvernement? Un corps intermédiaire établi entre les sujets et le souverain pour leur mutuelle correspondance, chargé de l’exécution des lois et du maintien de la liberté tant civile que politique.]
What experience and history teach is this – that people and governments never have learned anything from history or acted on the principles deduced from it.
The most tyrannical governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right over his thoughts—nay, such a state of things leads to the rule of popular passion.
Some men hope for revolution but when you revolt and set up your new government you find your new government is still the same old Papa, he has only put on a cardboard mask.
Of all the miseries that civil war can bring upon a country the greatest lies in the appeal which one of the contestants always ends by making to some foreign government.
If there were a nation of gods, it would be governed democratically. So perfect a government is unsuited to men.[S’il y avait un peuple de Dieux, il se gouvernerait démocratiquement. Un gouvernement si parfait ne convient pas à des hommes.]
I guess this is why I hate governments, all governments. It is always the rule, the fine print, carried out by fine-print men. There’s nothing to fight, no wall to hammer with frustrated fists.