C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Republicanism and ignorance are in bitter antagonism.


Happiness is more effectually dispensed to mankind under a republican form of government than any other.


At twenty every one is republican.


Republics come to an end by luxurious habits; monarchies, by poverty.


Kings are for nations in their swaddling clothes; France has attained her majority.

Victor Hugo.

The same fact that Boccaccio offers in support of religion might be adduced in behalf of a republic: “It exists in spite of its ministers.”

Heinrich Heine.

Republics, like individuals, who are benefited by personal sacrifices, are proverbially ungrateful.

Epes Sargent.

A republic properly understood is a sovereignty of justice, in contradistinction to a sovereignty of will.

Thomas Paine.

Republicanism is not the phantom of a deluded imagination. On the contrary, laws, under no form of government, are better supported, liberty and property better secured, or happiness more effectually dispensed to mankind.


Though I admire republican principles in theory, yet I am afraid the practice may be too perfect for human nature. We tried a republic last century, and it failed. Let our enemies try next. I hate political experiments.


Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations,—entangling alliances with none; the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns, and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies; the preservation of the General Government in its whole constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad;***freedom of religion; freedom of the press; freedom of person under the protection of habeas corpus; and trials by juries impartially selected,—these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation.

Thomas Jefferson.