A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
One man with courage is a majority.
ON AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE CRISIS
"Anywhere you have extreme poverty and no national health insurance, no promise of health care regardless of social standing, that's where you see the sharp limitations of market-based health care. " — Paul Farmer
The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend. — Benjamin Disraeli
As you improve health in a society, population growth goes down. You know, I thought it was... before I learned about it, I thought it was paradoxical. — Bill Gates
America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system. — Walter Cronkite
Everyone should have health insurance? I say everyone should have health care. I'm not selling insurance. — Dennis Kucinich
"Until everyone in our country has access to quality affordable health care, all of our other battles - whether organizing for a living wage or fighting foreclosures - are compromised.” — Maude Hurd
"For too long health care in America has been left up to the insurance industry and its allies who are focused on maximizing profits regardless of the consequences for working people. It's time to turn around the corporate-driven system and focus on providing quality, affordable health care for all." — Caren Benjamin
“This is the human rights movement of our time. If there is one thing that our government should be guaranteeing each one of us, it is the basic, fundamental right to affordable and quality health care. This must be the birthright of every American.” — Jeff Blum
“The crisis of health care hits communities of color and poor families the hardest. The majority of these communities lack coverage entirely, and when they are able to secure health insurance, the care they receive is abysmal.” — Deepak Bhargava
“RNs at the bedside have been centrally positioned to witness how a dysfunctional health care system has failed the patient, the patient’s family, and our country. This daily fact of life for RNs has kept us at the forefront in calling for comprehensive change. Tweaking the current so-called ‘system’ is not enough. Nurses cannot – will not -- stop there.” — Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR
“Working families are suffering mightily under health care that costs too much, covers too little, excludes too many and is getting worse! Both workers and our employers need relief soon.” — Arlene Holt-Baker