The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
Speech at House of Commons
7 Feb 1771
We have sometimes been tempted to define democracy as an institution in which the whole is equal to the scum of all the parts.
Keith PrestonPot Shots for Pegasus
Power on an ancient consecrated throne,
Strong in possession, founded in old custom;
Power by a thousand tough and stringy roots,
Fixed to the people’s pious nursery-faith.
SchillerWallenstein Act 4, sc 4
If one is looking for rebels, one looks for principled men.
God Emperor of Dune
Men, by their constitutions, are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise, depository of the public interest…. In every country these two parties exist…. The appellation of Aristocrats and Democrats is the true one, expressing the essence of all.
Thomas JeffersonWritings Vol 14, p. 73