Citizens quotes

  • If there is any honor in all the world that I should like, it would be to be an honorary Jewish citizen.
    -- A. L. Rowse

    #Honor #Would Be #Citizens

  • Citizens who take it upon themselves to do unusual actions which attract the attention of the police should be careful to bring these actions into one of the recognized categories of crimes and offences, for it is intolerable that the police should be put to the pains of inventing reasons for finding them undesirable.
    -- A. P. Herbert

    #Pain #Police #Citizens

  • I am raising my voice as a citizen of the country. I don?t want to enter politics.
    -- Aamir Khan

    #Country #Voice #Citizens

  • Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character.
    -- Aaron Sorkin

    #Kindness #Character #Citizens

  • Decisions are made by those who show up. Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world.
    -- Aaron Sorkin

    #Decision #Citizens #World

  • the apathy and inattention of the average citizen is beyond comprehension.
    -- Abigail McCarthy

    #Average #Apathy #Citizens

  • The real struggle for us is for the citizen to cease to be the property of the state.
    -- Adam Michnik

    #Real #Struggle #Citizens

  • To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Gun Control #Citizens #Firsts

  • Be assured, fellow citizens, that in a democracy it is the laws that guard the person of the citizen and the constitution of the state, whereas the despot and the oligarch find their protection in suspicion and in armed guards.
    -- Aeschines

    #Law #Democracy #Citizens

  • Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Citizens #Indirect #Notes

  • The State claims and exercises the monopoly of crime. It forbids private murder, but itself organizes murder on a colossal scale. It punishes private theft, but itself lays unscrupulous hands on anything it wants, whether the property of citizen or of alien.
    -- Albert J. Nock

    #Exercise #Hands #Citizens

  • Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately.
    -- Alec Baldwin

    #Home #Enemy #Citizens

  • I had only been a citizen for two weeks when I received a summons to appear for jury duty!
    -- Alex Trebek

    #Two #Citizens #Week

  • To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people each individual citizen everywhere enjoying the same national rights, privileges, and protection.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Rights #People #Citizens

  • [W]e must extend the authority of the Union to the persons of the citizens - the only proper objects of government.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Government #People #Citizens

  • In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason. Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Passion #Character #Citizens

  • Effective resistance to usurpers is possible only provided the citizens understand their rights and are disposed to defend them.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Rights #Resistance #Citizens

  • The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Justice #Citizens #Used

  • In the Federal Government, electronic records are as indispensable as their paper counterparts for documenting citizens' rights, the actions for which officials are accountable, and the nation's history.
    -- Allen Weinstein

    #Rights #Government #Citizens

  • So, you know, I always say that I'm a Mexican, but if I had to be a citizen of anywhere else, I'd be a citizen of Manhattan. I feel very much a New Yorker.
    -- Alma Guillermoprieto

    #Mexican #Citizens #Manhattan

  • Many countries persecute their own citizens and intern them in prisons or concentration camps. Oppression is becoming more and more a part of the systems.
    -- Alva Myrdal

    #Country #Citizens #Becoming

  • I remind myself of the power of thought and how it's my obligation as a citizen (and student) of humanity to propel compassion.
    -- Alyssa Milano

    #Compassion #Humanity #Citizens

  • It is rather shocking to note that opposition leaders, who are representatives of the wananchi (citizens), are themselves rejecting the participation of the wananchi in this major public issue.
    -- Amani

    #Issues #Leader #Citizens

  • I'm obviously an American citizen. My parents are American citizens. But I'm not looked at as an American.
    -- Ana Castillo

    #Parent #Citizens

  • This whole fuss did not only damage Fischer's image, but that of the USA as well. The way the Americans treated one of their most popular citizens did not make a positive impression worldwide.
    -- Anatoly Karpov

    #Usa #America #Citizens

  • If there's a silver bullet in the battle to recapture Albany, it is the re-engagement of our citizens. This capital has become a physical metaphor for the isolation and alienation of our people.
    -- Andrew Cuomo

    #People #Battle #Citizens

  • All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.
    -- Andrew Jackson

    #Independent #Rights #Citizens

  • If they [Mexicans] touch the hair of the head of one of our citizens, tell him [Commodore Dallas] to batter down and destroy their town and exterminate the inhabitants from the face of the earth!
    -- Andrew Jackson

    #Hair #Dallas #Citizens

  • President Jimmy Carter was a citizen soldier. Ironically, he was considered weak because he didn't kill anybody and he didn't get anyone killed.
    -- Andrew Young

    #Soldier #President #Citizens

  • He doesn't like my name... Of course we couldn't all come over on the Mayflower... But I got here as soon as I could, and I never wanted to go back, because to me it is a great privilege to be an American citizen.
    -- Anton Cermak

    #Names #Immigration #Citizens

  • I love my country. And I would have to renounce my Spanish citizenship to become a U.S. Citizen.
    -- Antonio Banderas

    #Country #Citizens #Citizenship

  • But there's one thing we are not going to compromise at all: when it comes to security of Israeli citizens and the State of Israel, there are not going to be any compromises - not now and not in the future.
    -- Ariel Sharon

    #Israel #Citizens #Compromise

  • Peace should provide security. It should be durable. I'm ready to go far in making painful concessions. But there is one thing I will never make any concessions on and that's the security of the Israeli citizens and the very existence of the state of Israel. The Palestinians are losing time.
    -- Ariel Sharon

    #Israel #Citizens #Losing

  • In a polity, each citizen is to possess his own arms, which are not supplied or owned by the state.
    -- Aristotle

    #Gun #Citizens #Arms

  • For legislators make the citizens good by forming habits in them, and this is the wish of every legislator, and those who do not effect it miss their mark, and it is in this that a good constitution differs from a bad one.
    -- Aristotle

    #Missing #Wish #Citizens

  • Great is the good fortune of a state in which the citizens have a moderate and sufficient property.
    -- Aristotle

    #Citizens #States #Fortune

  • One citizen differs from another, but the salvation of the community is the common business of them all. This community is the constitution; the virtue of the citizen must therefore be relative to the constitution of which he is a member.
    -- Aristotle

    #Community #Citizens #Common

  • When the citizens at large administer the state for the common interest, the government is called by the generic name - a constitution.
    -- Aristotle

    #Government #Names #Citizens

  • Even if we could suppose the citizen body to be virtuous, without each of them being so, yet the latter would be better, for in the virtue of each the virtue of all is involved.
    -- Aristotle

    #Would Be #Citizens #Body

  • The fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens.
    -- Arlen Specter

    #Government #Citizens #Purpose

  • My business is that of every other good citizen - to uphold the law.
    -- Arthur Conan Doyle

    #Law #Citizens #Good Citizen

  • Freedom of the press, or, to be more precise, the benefit of freedom of the press, belongs to everyone – to the citizen as well as the publisher… The crux is not the publisher’s ‘freedom to print’; it is, rather, the citizen’s ‘right to know.’
    -- Arthur Hays Sulzberger

    #Citizens #Benefits #Crux

  • We are all actors: being a citizen is not living in society, it is changing it.
    -- Augusto Boal

    #Citizens #Actors

  • To seek to keep the established constitution unchanged argues a good citizen and a good man.
    -- Augustus

    #Men #Good Man #Citizens

  • Capitalism has been called a system of greed—yet it is the system that raised the standard of living of its poorest citizens to heights no collectivist system has ever begun to equal, and no tribal gang can conceive of.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Greed #Citizens #Height

  • To require a citizen to sign a loyalty oath is to destroy some of the loyalty he could otherwise claim, since any subsequent loyal behavior may then be attributed to the oath.
    -- B. F. Skinner

    #Loyalty #Citizens #May

  • You have to take ownership and leadership of tomorrow. For that to be possible, you have to strengthen your capacity and widen your vision as a global citizen.
    -- Ban Ki-moon

    #Vision #Citizens #Tomorrow

  • I would prefer to be a citizen of an independent country rather than Emperor of an enslaved one.
    -- Bao ?ai

    #Country #Independent #Citizens

  • We reaffirm that on days like this, there are no Republicans or Democrats. We are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens.
    -- Barack Obama

    #Inspiring #Citizens #Republican

  • An enlightened citizen is an indispensable ingredient of the infrastructure of democracy.
    -- Barbara

    #Democracy #Citizens #Ingredients

  • The citizens of America expect more. They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems.
    -- Barbara Jordan

    #America #Citizens #Want

  • Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.
    -- Barbara Jordan

    #Ideas #Suffering #Citizens

  • Each citizen contributes to the revenues of the State a portion of his property in order that his tenure of the rest may be secure.
    -- Baron de Montesquieu

    #Order #Citizens #May

  • I say further that for this great legislative body to ignore the Constitution and the fundamental concepts of our governmental system is to act in a manner which could ultimately destroy the freedom of all American citizens, including the freedoms of the very persons whose feelings and whose liberties are the major subject of this legislation.
    -- Barry Goldwater

    #Feelings #Liberty #Citizens

  • Today, the Iraqi citizen sees that America is coming and wants to occupy his country and kill him, and he is willing to experience for himself what happened in Palestine.
    -- Bashar al-Assad

    #Country #America #Citizens

  • On the whole it is the rights and freedoms of all citizens that are crucial in Saudi Arabia and from those the rights of women will emanate,
    -- Basmah bint Saud

    #Rights #Arabia #Citizens

  • Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... But not everyone must prove they are a citizen.
    -- Ben Stein

    #Government #Hypocrisy #Citizens

  • And now, any of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.
    -- Ben Stein

    #Citizens #Prove #Refuse

  • It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.
    -- Benito Mussolini

    #Giving #Unity #Citizens

  • Never trust a government that doesn't trust its own citizens with guns.
    -- Benjamin Franklin

    #Gun #Government #Citizens

  • Justice is as strictly due between neighbor nations as between neighbor citizens.
    -- Benjamin Franklin

    #Justice #Citizens #Neighbor

  • Congress is responsible for everything and unable to do anything, hated by the public creditors, insulted by the soldiers and unsupported by the citizens.
    -- Benjamin Hawkins

    #Soldier #Citizens #Revolution

  • We'll attack anyone who tries to harm our citizens
    -- Benjamin Netanyahu

    #Trying #Citizens #Harm

  • I don't want to govern the Palestinians. I don't want them as subjects of Israel or as citizens of Israel. I want them to have their own independent state but a demilitarized state.
    -- Benjamin Netanyahu

    #Independent #Israel #Citizens

  • Government is not a substitute for people, but simply the instrument through which they act. And if the individual fails to do his duty as a citizen, government becomes a very deadly instrument indeed.
    -- Bernard Baruch

    #Government #People #Citizens

  • One may lack words to express the impact of beauty but no one who has felt it remains untouched. It is renewal, enlargement, intensification. The parks preserve it permanently in the inheritance of the American citizens.
    -- Bernard DeVoto

    #Impact #Citizens #Inheritance

  • I certainly know German colleagues in the US who try to be Americans, try to melt into Americanism, even before they get married and become American citizens. But I've never tried that.
    -- Bernhard Schlink

    #Trying #Citizens #Married

  • To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.
    -- Bertrand Russell

    #Democracy #Citizens #Importance

  • I believe the equal rights amendment is a necessity of life for all citizens. The cabinet sometimes felt that I shouldn't be so outspoken.
    -- Betty Ford

    #Believe #Rights #Citizens

  • I am a naturalized U.S. citizen, which means that, unlike native-born citizens, I had to prove to the U.S. government that I merited citizenship.
    -- Bharati Mukherjee

    #Mean #Government #Citizens

  • I didn't want to be discriminated against because of my gender and status. I promised myself I was never going to be treated as a second-class citizen.
    -- Bianca Jagger

    #Class #House #Citizens

  • If you, the citizen, deliberately vote for someone who won't give you healthcare over someone who will, you need to have your head examined. Except you can't afford to have your head examined.
    -- Bill Maher

    #Giving #Needs #Citizens

  • We all agree that marriage is a fundamental right. And in our country, and in our society, there are no second-class citizens.
    -- Bill T. Jones

    #Country #Class #Citizens

  • I'm a citizen of the world. I like it that way. The world's a wonderful. I just think that some people are pretty badly represented. But when you speak to the people themselves they're delightful. They all want so little.
    -- Billy Connolly

    #Thinking #People #Citizens

  • We have no more fundamental obligation in government than to ensure the safety of our citizens.
    -- Bob Ehrlich

    #Government #Safety #Citizens

  • It's appropriate to celebrate public service, and the thoughtful people who choose to serve. They symbolize what is good and decent about this historic citizen legislature, and we thank them.
    -- Bob Ehrlich

    #Thoughtful #People #Citizens

  • The citizens must be certain that the governor is attending to the duties for which he was elected.
    -- Bob McDonnell

    #Citizens #Certain #Duty

  • When I was at Upright Citizens Brigade, I would pretend to be a sad, drunk rapper.
    -- Bobby Moynihan

    #Rapper #Drunk #Citizens

  • The Supreme Court of Canada has given prisoners the "right" to vote. Is it not time that non-jailed citizens were given reciprocity with a "right" that prisoners have; namely the freedom to bypass the public system when it fails to provide reasonable access?
    -- Brian Day

    #Citizens #Canada #Bypass

  • When I was a kid and going to the movies I was overwhelmed by the way women were always second-class citizens in the film.
    -- Brit Marling

    #Kids #Class #Citizens

  • You may consider yourself an individual, but as a cell biologist, I can tell you that you are in truth a cooperative community of approximately fifty trillion single-celled citizens.
    -- Bruce H. Lipton

    #Cells #Community #Citizens

  • What the Idaho Health Freedom Act says is that the citizens of our state won't be subject to another federal mandate or turn over another part of their life to government control.
    -- Butch Otter

    #Idaho #Government #Citizens

  • We will go to every part of Tamil Nadu and tell the people that Hindi is coming and that it is like a thunder strike on the heads of Tamil and Dravidian people.... If Hindi were to become the official language of India, Hindi-speaking people will govern us. We will be treated like third rate citizens
    -- C. N. Annadurai

    #People #India #Citizens

  • If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government... The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.
    -- Calvin Coolidge

    #Government #People #Citizens

  • The way I read Billy Carter's testimony, he was a model citizen himself until the voters went and ruined his life by making his brother President.
    -- Calvin Trillin

    #Brother #President #Citizens

  • What is this much repeated phrase 'active citizen' supposed to mean? The active citizens are the ones who took the Bastille.
    -- Camille Desmoulins

    #Mean #Citizens #Phrases

  • If you're a citizen of the State of New York, your kid has as much a right as another kid to an education, and the best education. The money should be distributed equally to all.
    -- Carl Paladino

    #New York #Kids #Citizens

  • What right can give anyone authority to inflict torture upon a citizen when it is still unknown whether he is innocent or guilty?
    -- Catherine the Great

    #Giving #Citizens #Guilty

  • A law is something which must have a moral basis, so that there is an inner compelling force for every citizen to obey.
    -- Chaim Weizmann

    #Law #Citizens #Moral

  • Imperial politics represents the conquest of domestic politics and the latter's conversion into a crucial element of inverted totalitarianism. It makes no sense to ask how the democratic citizen could 'participate' substantively in imperial politics; hence it is not surprising that the subject of empire is taboo in electoral debates. No major politician or party has so much as publicly remarked on the existence of an American empire.
    -- Chalmers Johnson

    #Party #Citizens #Elements

  • A lawyer’s either a social engineer or … a parasite on society … A social engineer [is] a highly skilled, perceptive, sensitive lawyer who [understands] the Constitution of the United States and [knows] how to explore its uses in the solving of problems of local communities and in bettering conditions of the underprivileged citizens.
    -- Charles Hamilton Houston

    #Community #United States #Citizens

  • I am a firm believer that upon release, ex-offenders should be afforded a second chance to become productive citizens by providing rehabilitation and education that will help them join the workforce.
    -- Charles Rangel

    #Second Chance #Citizens #Rehabilitation

  • After a lifetime of working, raising families, and contributing to the success of this nation in countless other ways, senior citizens deserve to retire with dignity.
    -- Charlie Gonzalez

    #Senior #Citizens #Way

  • I want my kids to grow up to be a useful citizen.
    -- Cheech Marin

    #Growing Up #Kids #Citizens

  • The freedom I have as a U.S. citizen is unparalleled. Despite the fact people may not like American passports, having that passport affords me more freedoms than any other passport could.
    -- Chris Cornell

    #People #Citizens #May

  • For the sake of public discourse, for the demands of the free market, and for the value we place in citizen advocacy, Rush Limbaugh must go.
    -- Christine Pelosi

    #Citizens #Demand #Sake

  • And so, today, if the state can no longer appeal to the old moral principles that belong to the Christian tradition, it will be forced to create a new official faith and new moral principles which will be binding on its citizens.
    -- Christopher Dawson

    #Christian #Principles #Citizens

  • The enemy combatants in LA are not the citizens and suspects, it's the police officers,
    -- Christopher Dorner

    #Police #Enemy #Citizens

  • The same historical development that turned the citizen into a client transformed the worker from a producer into a consumer.
    -- Christopher Lasch

    #Historical #Clients #Citizens

  • I am not a politician or a military strategist. I am just a citizen voicing my opinions.
    -- Cindy Sheehan

    #Military #Citizens #Opinion