Felix Morley quotes

  • The power of the state is measured by the power that men surrender to it.
    -- Felix Morley

    #Men #Surrender #States

  • A right without an attendant responsibility is as unreal as a sheet of paper which has only one side.
    -- Felix Morley

    #Responsibility #Liberty #Paper

  • It is a reality attested by all history that if a republic assumes imperial functions it will not remain a republic.
    -- Felix Morley

    #Reality #Liberty #Republic

  • In other words, the problem of empire-building is essentially mystical. It must somehow foster the impression that a man is great in the degree that his nation is great; that a German as such is superior to a Belgian as such; an Englishman, to an Irishman; an American, to a Mexican: merely because the first-named countries are in each case more powerful than their comparatives. And people who have no individual stature whatever are willing to accept this poisonous nonsense because it gives them a sense of importance without the trouble of any personal effort.
    -- Felix Morley

    #Country #Powerful #Men

  • The State, in short, subjects people, whereas Society associates them voluntarily.
    -- Felix Morley

    #People #States #Subjects

  • Socialism and federalism are necessarily political opposites, because the former demands that centralized concentration of power which the latter by definition denies.
    -- Felix Morley

    #Opposites #Political #Demand

  • Since people, in a competitive or any other society, are by no means always just to each other, some regulation by the state in its capacity of umpire is unavoidable, What must be kept in mind is that the greatest in of all is done when the umpire forgets that he too is bound by the rules, and begins to make them as between contestants in behalf of his own prejudices.
    -- Felix Morley

    #Mean #Government #Umpires

  • Free enterprise is a natural result of the American form of government, which says in so many words that the more men do for themselves, the less government does for them, the better off we will all be.
    -- Felix Morley

    #Men #Doe #Politics

  • Intelligence plus experience creates ideas, and experimentation with that form of chemistry-the contact of ideas with events-is the field of adult education.
    -- Felix Morley

    #Education #Ideas #Adults

  • Of one thing the executive may be sure: that the majority want more of the good things of life, and if they can get them without undue personal effort, so much the better. So the executive naturally tends to promise material gain, contingent of course on his remaining in power. The impetus to personal rule is obvious.
    -- Felix Morley

    #Effort #Promise #Majority