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Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself.

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

Why, Sir, most schemes of political improvement are very laughable things.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Turn where we may, within, around, the voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve!

Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859) English politician, essayist and poet.

If there are people who feel that God wants them to change the structures of society, that is something between them and their God. We must serve him in whatever way we are called. I am called to help the individual; to love each poor person. Not to deal with institutions. I am in no position to judge.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian-born missionary.

I believe that what so saddens the reformer is not his sympathy with his fellows in distress, but, though he be the holiest son of God, is his private ail. Let this be righted, let the spring come to him, the morning rise over his couch, and he will forsake his generous companions without apology.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.


The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1889) French social philosopher.

Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) American author.

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.