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ALGERNON SIDNEY (SYDNEY)
English politician and patriot
(1622 - 1683)

I will believe in the right of one man to govern a nation despotically when I find a man born into the world with boots and spurs, and a nation born with saddles on their backs.
      - [Despotism]

If vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist; but if virtue have the advantage, arbitrary power cannot be established.
      - [Liberty]

Liars ought to have good memories.
      - [Lying]

Where liberty is, there is my country.
      - Algernon, his motto [Mottoes : Patriotism]

God helps those who help themselves.
      - Discourse Concerning Government
         (ch. II, pt. XXIII) [God : Help : Proverbs]

Men lived like fishes; the great ones devoured the small.
      - Discourses on Government (ch. II, sec. 18)
        [Fish : Society]

This shows that liars ought to have good memories.
      - Discourses on Government (ch. II, sec. XV)
        [Lying]

But it is not necessary to light a candle to the sun.
      - Discourses on Government
         (ch. II, sec. XXIII) [Light]


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