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" I HEARTILY accept the motto, — "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — "That government is best which... "
Speech and Scrap Book for Speakers - Page 248
1924 - 304 pages
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Social Science Quotations: Who Said What, When, and Where

David L. Sills, Robert King Merton - 2000 - 437 pages
...230 THOREAU, HENRY DAVID William Thomson See LORD KELVIN. Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 US writer 1 I heartily accept the motto. "That government is best which governs least"; and 1 should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts...
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American Spiritualities: A Reader

Catherine L. Albanese - 2001 - 530 pages
...follow an organic instead of mechanistic life — to act as a "counter friction to stop the machine." I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best...kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient....
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Law and the Web of Society

Cynthia L. Cates, Wayne V. McIntosh - 2001 - 272 pages
...psyche that reveres "[a] government of laws, and not of men,"6 there is the American self that shouts: I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best...will be the kind of government which they will have (Thoreau [1849] 1975,789). The two sides of the American self are occasionally played out and most...
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Political Ideology Today

Ian Adams - 2001 - 315 pages
...which attacks government and insists upon putting his own conscience above the law. The essay begins: I heartily accept the motto, 'That government is best which governs least'; and I would like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to...
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The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace

Howard Zinn - 2002 - 202 pages
...here, we ask, Shall it be war, or shall it be peace? Henry David Thoreau Civil Disobedience (t84g) I heartily accept the motto, — "That government is...kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient....
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Thoreau's Walden

Tim Smith - 2002 - 128 pages
...damage to the environment and, after many years of use, burned down in 1902. It was never rebuilt. heartily accept the motto, — "That government is...will be the kind of government which they will have. Here is a vintage photograph of Old Marlborough Road, today a lovely residential area adjacent to Walden...
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Government, a Public Administration Perspective

J. C. N. Raadschelders, Jozef Cornelis Nicolaas Raadschelders - 2003 - 442 pages
...parent of evil. . . . The best government is that which governs least. — John L. O'Sullivan, 1837 / heartily accept the motto, "That government is best...systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe, — "That government is best which governs not at all." — Henry David Thoreau, 1849...
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Walden Or Life in the Woods: And "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience"

Henry David Thoreau - 2004 - 305 pages
...awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star. On tne Duty of Civil Disobedience I HEARTILY accept the motto, — "That government is...kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient....
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The Second Great Awakening and the Transcendentalists

Barry Hankins - 2004 - 200 pages
...twentiethcentury activists such as Mahatma Gandhi in India and Martin Luther King, Jr., in the United States. I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best...kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient....
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Voices of a People's History of the United States

Howard Zinn, Anthony Arnove - 2011
...effort and, therefore, the extension of slavery. Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849)6 I heartily accept the motto, — "That government is...Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe,^"That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that...
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