Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.
We ought not so much to ground our hopes on the reasonableness of the thing we ask, as on the reasonableness of the person of whom we ask it: who would expect discretion from a fool, candor from a tyrant, or justice from a villain?
It is impossible to be a hypocrite and to be brave at the same instant.
The wretch who will write on any subject for bread, or in any service for pay, and he who will plead in any case for a fee, stands equally in rank with the prostitute who lets out her person.
Falsehoods, if uncontradicted, might have passed for truths.
This is my creed of politics. If I have any where expressed myself overwarmly, ’tis from a fixed, immovable hatred I have, and ever had, to cruel men and cruel measures.
There is something in corruption, which, like a jaundiced eye, transfers the colour of itself to the object it looks upon, and sees everything stained and impure.
For men who act from principle, however separated by circumstances, will, without contrivance, act alike, and the concurrence of their conduct is an evidence of their rectitude.
— [rectitude: morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness]
— Thomas Paine 1737 – 1809