Citizen Quotes

Every man among us is more fit to meet the duties and responsibilities of citizenship because of the perils over which, in the past, the nation has triumphed; because of the blood and sweat and tears, the labor and the anguish, through which, in the days that have gone, our forefathers moved on to triumph.

Any training school for free citizens must begin by teaching distrust, not trust. It must teach questioning, not acceptance of stock answers.

The citizen’s job is to be rude – to pierce the comfort of professional intercourse by boorish expressions of doubt.

Don’t always believe everything you hear from a Bill Clinton, or a Dan Rather, a George W. Bush or an Al Gore. Dig deeper than the headlines or the stump speeches or the television news. Don’t trust any of us – not a Michael Jordan, or a Dennis Miller, not even Charlton Heston. Because we […]

Most Americans aren’t the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right.

I always say, as you know, that if my fellow citizens want to go Hell I will help them. It’s my job.

I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world.

A citizen has a complex duty. He ought to learn to express his opinions and to make up his mind pro and con on the principal public issues. He ought never to miss the ballot box. And when he casts his vote for somebody, he should weigh that somebody in the scale of morals – […]

As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.

The crowd of changeable citizens.