"I may be dangerous," he said, "but I am not wicked. No, I am not wicked." - Henry James, The American
"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
attributed to D. Eisenhower, close to Scipio Africanus remarks after defeating Hannibal on Carthage's employment of mercenary armies.