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    This submission is a restraint of liberty, but could be of no effect as to the good intended, unless it were general; nor general, unless it were natural.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: liberty 
     
    The truth is, man is hereunto led by reason which is his nature.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: truth  nature  men 
     
    To depend upon the Will of a Man is Slavery.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: men  slavery 
     
    The common Notions of Liberty are not from School Divines, but from Nature.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: nature  divine  liberty  school 
     
    All the nations they had to deal with, had the same fate.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: fate 
     
    A general presumption that Icings will govern well, is not a sufficient security to the People... those who subjected themselves to the will of a man were governed by a beast.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: men  people 
     
    Such as have reason, understanding, or common sense, will, and ought to make use of it in those things that concern themselves and their posterity, and suspect the words of such as are interested in deceiving or persuading them not to see with their own eyes.
    — Algernon Sidney
    Who will wear a shoe that hurts him, because the shoe-maker tells him 'tis well made?
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: hurt 
     
    The general revolt of a Nation cannot be called a Rebellion.
    — Algernon Sidney
    Liberty cannot be preserved, if the manners of the people are corrupted.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: people  liberty 
     
    If vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist; but if virtue have the advantage, arbitrary power cannot be established.
    — Algernon Sidney
    The best Governments of the World have bin composed of Monarchy, Aristocracy, and Democracy.
    — Algernon Sidney
    There may be a hundred thousand men in an army, who are all equally free; but they only are naturally most fit to be commanders or leaders, who most excel in the virtues required for the right performance of those offices.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: men  right  virtue  leader 
     
    God leaves to Man the choice of Forms in Government; and those who constitute one Form, may abrogate it.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: men  choice  god 
     
    Laws and constitutions ought to be weighed... to constitute that which is most conducing to the establishment of justice and liberty.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: justice  law  liberty 
     
    Many things are unknown to the wisest, and the best men can never wholly divest themselves of passions and affections... nothing can or ought to be permanent but that which is perfect.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: men  passion 
     
    No right can come by conquest, unless there were a right of making that conquest.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: right 
     
    Men lived like fishes; the great ones devoured the small.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: men 
     
    Liars need to have good memories.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: memory  liar 
     
    Everyone sees they cannot well live asunder, nor many together, without some rule to which all must submit.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: live  rules 
     
    If his Majesty is resolved to have my head, he may make a whistle of my arse if he pleases.
    — Algernon Sidney
    Swords were given to men, that none might be Slaves, but such as know not how to use them.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: men 
     
    It is not necessary to light a candle to the sun
    — Algernon Sidney
    The only ends for which governments are constituted, and obedience rendered to them, are the obtaining of and protection; and they who cannot provide for both give the people a right of taking such ways as best please themselves, in order to their own safety.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: people  right  government 
     
    Nay, all laws must fall, human societies that subsist by them be dissolved, and all innocent persons be exposed to the violence of the most wicked, if men might not justly defend themselves against injustice by their own natural right, when the ways prescribed by publick authority cannot be taken.
    — Algernon Sidney
    I will believe in the right of one man to govern a nation despotically when I find a man born unto the world with boots and spurs, and a nation with saddles on their backs.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: men  world  believe  right 
     
    That which is not just, is not Law; and that which is not Law, ought not to be obeyed.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: law 
     
    If the public safety be provided, liberty and propriety secured, justice administered, virtue encouraged, vice suppressed, and the true interest of the nation advanced, the ends of government are accomplished . . .
    — Algernon Sidney
    Violence and fraud can create no right.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: violence  right 
     
    Tis hard to comprehend how one man can come to be master of many, equal to himself in right, unless it be by consent or by force.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: men  master  right 
     
    Fruits are always of the same nature with the seeds and roots from which they come, and trees are known by the fruits they bear: as a man begets a man, and a beast a beast, that society of men which constitutes a government upon the foundation of justice, virtue, and the common good, will always have men to promote those ends; and that which intends the advancement of one man's desire and vanity, will abound in those that will foment them.
    — Algernon Sidney
    That is the best Government, which best provides for war.
    — Algernon Sidney
    tags: government  war 
     
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