The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. -James Madison
Evil unchecked, is the prelude to genocide.
-Joel Rosenberg (The Auschwitz Escape)
I know that the nature we are concerned with ultimately is human nature. That is the point of the beautification movement, and that finally is the point of architecture. Winston Churchill said, ‘First we shape our buildings, and then they shape us.’ The same is true of our highways, our parks, our public buildings — the environment we create. They shape us.
-Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson
Environmental champion and First Lady of the United States during the presidency of her husband, Lyndon B. Johnson.
The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves. -Ronald Reagan
We need not fear the expression of ideas—we do need to fear their suppression.
-Harry S. Truman
Peace is not made at the Council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.
To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it. -Thomas Jefferson