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Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason... my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor sage. here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me, Amen.

Martin Luther, Diet of Worms

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government...

Declaration of Independence

The king's majesty justly and rightly is and ought to be...the only supreme head in earth of the Church of England

Act of Supremacy (King Henry 8th)

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants

Sir Isaac Newton

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration

Thomas Edison

Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible; it is therefore an emanation of virtue

Robespierre

A prudent ruler cannot, and must not, honor his word when it places him at a disadvantage and when the reasons for which he made his promise no longer exist.

Machiavelli

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect out dinner, but from their regard to their own interest

Adam Smith

I think, therefore I am

Descartes

Man is born free, yet everywhere he is in chains

Rousseau

Again, there is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers. Were it joined with the legislative, the life and liberty of the subject would be exposed to arbitrary control, for the judge would then be the legislator. Were it joined to the executive power, the judge might behave with all the violence of an oppressor

Montesquieu

Paris is well worth a mass

Henry IV

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity...

Preamble of Constitution

Man can do anything if he will

Alberti

A prince must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to fight wolves

Machiavelli

Such work as mine is not done twice in a century. I have saved the Revolution as it lay dying. I have cleansed it of its crimes, and have held it up to the people shining with fame. I have inspired France and Europe with new ideas that will never be forgotten

Napoleon

The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural... rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression

Declaration of Rights of Man

Dissect the bat, study it carefully, and on this model construct the machine

Da Vinci

When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They taught us to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, we had the Bible in our hand and they had the land.

Jomo Kenyatta (First President of Kenya)

L'état, c'est moi

Lous XIV

I contend that we are the finest race in the world and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race... What an alteration there would be if they [Africans[ were brought under Anglo-Saxon influence

Cecil Rhodes

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