Consent Of The Governed Quotes by Abraham Lincoln, Leland Stanford, Adrian Cronauer, DeForest Soaries, Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson and many others.
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.
Government itself is founded upon the great doctrine of the consent of the governed, and has its cornerstone in the memorable principle that men are endowed with inalienable rights.
Our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Voting is the foundational act that breathes life into the principle of the consent of the governed.
Even the most despotic government cannot stand except for the consent of the governed…. Immediately the subject ceases to fear the despotic force, his power is gone.
If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
We set up government by consent of the governed, and the Bill of Rights denies those in power any legal opportunity to coerce that consent. Authority here is to be controlled by public opinion, not public opinion by authority.
We are a nation that has a government – not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the earth. Our government has no power except that granted to it by the people It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.
The mass of the citizens is the safest depositary of their own rights.
No peace can last, or ought to last, which does not recognize and accept the principle that governments derive all their just powers from the consent of the governed, and that no right anywhere exists to hand peoples from sovereignty to sovereignty as if they were property.
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
The consent of the governed is not consent if it is not informed.
Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
Two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers gave us a democracy. It was based upon the simple, yet noble, idea that government derives its validity from the consent of the governed.
‘All men are created equal’, ‘government by consent of the governed’, ‘give me liberty or give me death’. Well, those are not just clever words, or those are not just empty theories.
We are a nation that has a government-not the other way around. And that makes us special among the nations of the earth.