"Authority under law must, I know, be respected as the foundation of society and as the protection of peace. The extension of state power, however, into every phase of man's life and thought is the abuse of authority, the destroyer of freedom, and the enemy of real peace." -- Lester Bowles Pearson (b. 1897-04-23, d. 1972-12-27), 14th Prime Minister of Canada (1963-1968), in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 1957
[And a happy Canada Day to my Canadian readers! I actually stumbled across this quote while searching for something QotD-worthy about the phrase "Peace, Order, and Good Government". I was about to use:
"Indeed, the phrase 'peace, order and good government' has become meaningful to Canadians and defines Canadian values in a way that is comparable to 'liberté, égalité, fraternité' in France or 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' in the United States. It is a phrase that truly articulates the journey toward peaceful accommodation throughout Canada's evolution as a nation." -- from "Canadians and Their Government: A Resource Guide"
until I read a little farther down the page and saw the Pearson quote.]
[Also, a happy birthday to a beloved college friend who I know sometimes reads this -- hello, Barbara!]
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