Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty—power is ever stealing from the many to the few…. The hand entrusted with power becomes … the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot: only by unintermitted Agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.

Wendell Phillips (1811-1884) American abolitionist, orator
Speech in Boston (28 Jan 1852)
Added on 8-Dec-07 | Last updated 8-Dec-07
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