"When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Marquis de Lafayette on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Marquis de Lafayette on Winston Churchill
"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."Marquis de Lafayette on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Marquis de Lafayette on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Marquis de Lafayette on Thomas Paine