George Soros

The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more
needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed
by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all
men fall in and keep step and obey in silence the
tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is
the duty of the good citizen not to be silent

— Charles Eliot Norton

The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and
guided, men are seldom forced to act, but they are
constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not
destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize,
but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a
people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than
a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the
government is the shepherd

— Alexis de Tocqueville