Single Idea 7542

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 1. Purpose of a State]

Full Idea

You ask which form of government is the best? Whichever teaches us to govern ourselves.

Gist of Idea

The best form of government teaches us to govern ourselves


Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections [1825], 353)

Book Reference

Goethe,J. Wolfgang: 'Maxims and Reflections' [Penguin 1840], p.42

A Reaction

Not a fashionable view, since the rise of freedom as the highest political ideal, but I identify with the idea that a good government should educate, and should try to facilitate virtue as well as pleasure.