liv asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 decade ago

know of any good quotes showing the importance of the government being honest to americans?

so i'm writing na essay about the credibility gap b/w the gov. and the american people during hte vietnam war. know of any good quotes in history at all saying the imporrtance of gov. officials being honest?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.- Thomas Jefferson

    We have the greatest opportunity the world has ever seen, as long as we remain honest which will be as long as we can keep the attention of our people alive. If they once become inattentive to public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors would all become wolves.

    -Thomas Jefferson

    When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion - when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed. -Ayn Rand

    We cannot afford to differ on the question of honesty if we expect our republic permanently to endure. Honesty is not so much a credit as an absolute prerequisite to efficient service to the public. Unless a man is honest, we have no right to keep him in public life; it matters not how brilliant his capacity.

    -Theodore Roosevelt

  • 1 decade ago

    "It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."

    Thomas Jefferson

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