"He who would do good to another, must do it in minute particulars
General good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite and flatterer."
-- William Blake, "Jerusalem" (1815)
"A soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good cause becomes indistinguishable from the evil they set out to destroy." -- Christopher Dawson, Judgement of Nations (1942)
"Governments need both shepherds and butchers." -- Voltaire
"The state is like the human body. Not all of its functions are dignified." -- Anatole France (1893)
"Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but percievers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1860)