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Letter "F" » faction
«In the weakness of one kind of authority, and in the fluctuation of all, the officers of an army will remain for some time mutinous and full of faction, until some popular general, who understands the art of conciliating the soldiery, and who possesses the true spirit of command, shall draw the eyes of all men upon himself. Armies will obey him on his personal account. There is no other way of securing military obedience in this state of things.»
Author: Edmund Burke
, military officer
«The ecclesiastical writers, who, in the heat of religious faction, are apt to despise the profane virtues of sincerity and moderation.»
«(Liberty) is indeed little less than a name, where the Government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction, to confine each member of society within the limits prescribed by the law, and to maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoyme»
«Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment withoutwhich it instantly expires. But it could not be less folly toabolish liberty, which is essential to political life, becauseit nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilationof air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts tofire its destructive agency.»
Author: James Madison
, political liberty
, The Agency
«Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery of party, faction, and division of society»
«To die for faction is a common evil, / But to be hanged for nonsense is the Devil.»
«Controversies merely speculative are of small importance in themselves, however they may have sometimes heated a disputant, or provoked a faction»
«Carry the name of God to every door, wake the sleeping with it, purify the atmosphere of the streets, rendered unclean by angry shouts of hate or greed, faction or fight.»
«Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar thought.»