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Don't try to be a great man; just be a man, and let history make its own judgments. ~Zefram Cochrane (Star Trek: First Contact)
With great power comes great responsibility.

~ Spider-Man comics
As good government is an empire of laws, how shall your laws be made? In a large society, inhabiting an extensive country, it is impossible that the whole should assemble to make laws. The first necessary step, then, is to depute power from the many to a few of the most wise and good.

~ John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

what was once impossible, will soon be possible
"The price of reliability is the pursuit of the utmost simplicity."
- Sir Charles Antony Richard Hoare
"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
-Pablo Picasso

"I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."

- Edward Everett Hale

"No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated.

Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literacy or artistic expression.

Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines.

Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race."

- Richard Feynman
"The way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent to.

Let the national government be entrusted with the defense of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations; the State governments with the civil rights, law, police, and administration of what concerns the State generally; the counties with the local concerns of the counties, and each ward direct the interests within itself.

It is by dividing and subdividing these republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations, until it ends in the administration of every man’s farm by himself; by placing under every one what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best.

What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body."

- Thomas Jefferson
"I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university." -- Albert Einstein.

thanks to ar0cketman for forwarding :)
it's not who wrote the idea that's important, it's the idea itself :)
"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?" -- Lee Iacocca
magnificent example of using a person's words for the *opposite* of what was intended... in this case, George W Bush vs Thomas Jefferson
From the page: "John Wayne did not say, "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" in the film Hondo. It's actually, "A man oughta do what he thinks is best"" // Ah, a fascinating mis-quote :D