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