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Nothing is more deceptive or more dangerous than the pretence of a desire to simplify government. The simplest governments are despotisms; the next simplest, limited monarchies; but all republics, all governments of law, must impose numerous limitations and qualifications of authority, and give many positive and many qualified rights.
      - Daniel Webster

Nothing will ruin the country if the people themselves will undertake its safety; and nothing can save it if they leave that safety in any hands but their own.
      - Daniel Webster

Our government has been tried in peace, and it has been tried in war, and has proved itself fit for both. It has been assailed from without, and it has successfully resisted the shock; it has been disturbed within, and it has effectually quieted the disturbance. It can stand trial, it can stand assail, it can stand adversity, it can stand everything but the marring of its own beauty and the weakening of its own strength. It can stand everything but the effects of our own rashness and our own folly. It can stand everything but disorganization, disunion and nullification.
      - Daniel Webster

The people's government made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.
      - Daniel Webster,
        Second Speech on Foot's Resolution

When my eyes shall be turned to behold, for the last time, the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union; on States dissevered, discordant, belligerent; on a land rent with civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal blood!
      - Daniel Webster,
        Second Speech on Foot's Resolution

He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet.
      - Daniel Webster, Speech on Hamilton

We have been taught to regard a representative of the people as a sentinel on the watch-tower of liberty.
      - Daniel Webster, To the Senate

The government of man should be the monarchy of reason: it is too often the democracy of passions or the anarchy of humors.
      - Benjamin Whichcote (Whitchcote)

[He would do his duty as he saw it] without regard to scraps of paper called constitutions.
      - Wilhelm I (William I),
        said to Prussian Diet disregarding refusal of Representatives to grant appropriations

No man ever saw the people of whom he forms a part. No man ever saw a government. I live in the midst of the Government of the United States, but I never saw the Government of the United States. Its personnel extends through all the nations, and across the seas, and into every corner of the world in the persons of the representatives of the United States in foreign
  capitals and in foreign centres of commerce.
      - Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
        in a speech at Pittsburgh

Wherever magistrates were appointed from among those who complied with the injunctions of the laws, he (Socrates) considered the government to be an aristocracy.
      - Xenophon, Memorabilia of Socrates
         (bk. IV, ch. VI)

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