"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
"Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants."
"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."
"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
"We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war [civil war] is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood ... It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."
~President Abraham Lincoln
"Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master."
~Dwight D. Eisenhower