The Substance of Faith

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Politics and Patriotism – Quotes for Independence Day

From Gandhi

The Roots of Violence:

Wealth without work,
Pleasure without conscience,
Knowledge without character,
Commerce without morality,
Science without humanity,
Worship without sacrifice,
Politics without principles.

From Baron Charles de Montesquieu in  The Spirit of Laws, 1748

 A dictatorship depends upon fear and when fear disappears, the dictatorship is overthrown.  A monarchy depends upon the loyalty of the people and dies when loyalty dies.  The most desirable form of government is a free republic, obviously; but it is also the most fragile form of government because it depends on a virtuous people. (summary, not a direct quote)

From Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America.  Anchor Books, 1969.

In order to enjoy the benefits of society, one must shoulder its obligations. p. 14

The great cause of the superiority of the federal Constitution lies in the actual character of the lawgivers.  p. 152

How can tyranny be resisted in country where each individual is weak and where no common interest unites individuals? p. 96

From  E. J.Dionne, Why Americans Hate Politics, New York, Touchstone Books, 1991.

 Americans hate politics as it is now practiced because we have lost all sense of the public good.  p.332

From Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon,  The Truth About God, Nashville, Abingdon Press, 1999.

 Democracy tends to delude us into thinking that we may live our lives as if no authority need be acknowledged unless it personally suits us. p. 75

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