Be a citizen

“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.”
Robert H. Jackson – United States Attorney General under Franklin Roosevelt


“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy”
Charles de Montesquieu (French Politician and Philosopher, 1689-1755)
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage”
Dwight David Eisenhower (American 34th President (1953-61)
“The most important political office is that of the private citizen.”
Louis D. Brandeis (American Supreme Court Justice, 1856-1941)
The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open.”
Gunter Grass (German poet, novelist, playwright, sculptor, and printmaker, 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature, b.1927)
The citizen’s job is to be rude – to pierce the comfort of professional intercourse by boorish expressions of doubt”
John Ralston Saul, Canadian professor and philosopher
“A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world.”
Andrew Gaines quotes (Creativity trainer, sustainability philosopher, b. 1938)
No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.”
Koffi Annan

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