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"Any excuse will serve a tyrant."
--- Aesop - "The Wolf and the Lamb"

"A tyrant... is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the
people may require a leader."
--- Plato - "The Republic" (c. 380 B.C.)

"Probably all laws are useless; for good men do not want laws at all, and bad
men are made no better by them."
--- Demonax - (Roman philosopher c. 150 A.D.)

"Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and
hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful easily break through
them."
--- Anacharsis - (Philosopher - 600 B.C.)

"Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and
chains; those who steal from the public treasury go dressed in gold and
purple."
--- Marcus Porcius Cato - (Roman Statesman - 190 B.C.)

" The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they
suppress."
--- Frederick Douglas

"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other
man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free."
--- Clarence Darrow (1920)

"...for it is a truth, which the experience of all ages has attested, that
the people are commonly most in danger when the means of insuring their
rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least
suspicion."
--- Alexander Hamilton

"We, the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts --
not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the
Constitution."
--- Abraham Lincoln

"If there be a principle that ought not to be questioned within the United
States, it is that every man has a right to abolish an old government and
establish a new one.
--- James Madison

"The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by
their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of
the oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or
by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable."
--- Ulysses S. Grant - "Personal Memoirs" (1885)

"I heartily accept the motto, 'That government is best which governs least';
... Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe-- 'That
government is best which governs not at all'; and when men are prepared for
it, that will be the kind of government they will have."
--- Henry David Thoreau

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation
as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases
which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."
--- Charles A. Beard

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Elkhound
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I would add one from (I think)C.S. Lewis; this is from memory, but:

"If men were angels, government would be unnecessary; government, like clothing, is a sign of lost innocence."

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"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."--Iris Murdoch

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