Citizen

Famous quotes containing the word citizen:

    While the system of holding people in hostage is as old as the oldest war, a fresher note is introduced when a tyrannic state is at war with its own subjects and may hold any citizen in hostage with no law to restrain it.
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977)

    The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society.
    James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851)

    To be a born American citizen seems a guarantee against pauperism; and this, perhaps, springs from the virtue of a vote.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)