The people are responsible for the character of their Congress…

Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.

James A. Garfield, quoted by Andy Andrews in How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, kindle location 358

History shows that any people who are sheeplike…

History shows that any people who are sheeplike in following their leadership (so long as their personal self-interests are satisfied) may one day awaken to find that their nation has changed in dramatic ways.

Andy Andrews, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, kindle location 329

The punishment which the wise suffer…

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

Plato, quoted by Andy Andrews in How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, kindle location 60