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Craven, Bill
 If we [legislators] don't watch our respective tails, the people are going to be running the government.

Aug. 25, 1998 - quoted in the Los Angeles Times commenting on California's citizens' initiatives
King, Martin Luther
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

1958 - from Stride Toward Freedom
Madison, James
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. And a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.

Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.

The private interest of every individual may be a sentinel on the public rights.

Mill, John Stuart
Everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit.

Reagan, Ronald Wilson
[Normandy American Cemetery in France] Too many of these and other such graves are the final resting places of teenagers who became men in the roar of battle. Look what they gave to us who live. Never would they see another sunlit day glistening off a lake or river back home or miles of corn pushing up against the open sky of our plains. The pristine air of our mountains and the driving energy of our cities are theirs no more. Nor would they ever again be a son to their parents or a father to their own children. They did this for you, for me, for a new generation to carry our democratic experiment proudly forward. Well, that's something I think we're obliged to honor, because what they did for us means that we owe as a simple act of civic stewardship to use our freedom wisely for the common good.

Sep. 14, 1986 - from an address to the nation
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
As soon as any man says of the affairs of State, 'What does it matter to me?' the State may be given up as lost.

1762 - from The Social Contract
He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.

Brazilian proverb
Warren, Earl
Citizenship is man's basic right for it is nothing less than the right to have rights. Remove this priceless possession and there remains a stateless person, disgraced and degraded in the eyes of his countrymen.

1958 - from his dissenting opinion in Perez v. Brownell