XVI. Politics

~ Reception of the Grand Condé at Versailles by Jean-Léon Gérôme


That government of the people,

by the people,

for the people,

shall not perish from the Earth[1].


The true aim of government is liberty[2].

The sovereign is the first servant of the state[3].

The general will should come from all to apply to all[4].

The consent of the people is the sole basis of a government’s authority[5].


It is much safer for a prince to be feared than loved[6]

He that fears you present will hate you absent.

When the cat’s away, the mice will play.

Speak softly, and carry a big stick[7].


Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun[8].

A hungry man is an angry man.

No man can be a good ruler, unless he has first been ruled.

One must be a servant before one can be a master.

[1] Attributed to Abraham Lincoln.

[2] Attributed to Spinoza.

[3] Attributed to Frederick the Great.

[4] Attributed to Rousseau.

[5] Attributed to Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

[6] Attributed to Niccolo Machiavelli.

[7] Attributed to Theodore Roosevelt.

[8] Attributed to Mao Zedong.

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