Quotes - Benjamin
Only a virtuous people are
capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more
need of masters.
that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve
neither liberty or safety.
Benjamin Franklin, before
the Constitutional Convention, (June 2, 1787):
"... as all history informs us, there has
been in every State & Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the
governing & governed: the one striving to obtain more for its support, and
the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions,
actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the Princes, or
enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power carries its
point, the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they
are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are
discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has
of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to
suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is
scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example
of Pharaoh, get first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and
then make them and their children servants for ever ..."
"It would be thought a hard
Government that should tax its People one tenth Part of their Time..."