Citizen Quotes

A wise prince must devise ways by which his citizens are always and in all circumstances dependent on him and his authority; and then they will always be faithful to him.

Socrates… said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight. That he shall not be a mere passenger.

The line of cleavage between good and bad citizenship lies, not between the man of wealth who acts squarely by his fellow and the man who seeks each day’s wage by that day’s work, wronging no one… On the contrary, it separates the rich man who does well from the rich man who does ill, […]

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.