Bertrand de JouvenelBertrand de Jouvenel, (1903-1987) French philosopher, political economist, and futurist

Famous Bertrand de Jouvenel Quote

“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.”

Bertrand de JouvenelBertrand de Jouvenel
~ Bertrand de Jouvenel


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Billy Bob, Texas

We the Sheeple...

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Anonymous    2/3/05

Who is he calling sheep, and which government his he refering to as being like wolves. I do not find is argument or quote very useful. It fails to elucidate.

Anonymous, saugus

makes perfect sence, history certainly proves the point...

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

A perfect description of the USA since 1980... and especially since 2000.

john, oakville

the weak create a void which is always filled by the opportunistic

D.M., Bozeman, MT

I like this quote although almost anyone can use it to support their own agenda.

Underdog, Chantilly (Lace) Va

Regardless of whether you think it refers to real sheep/wolves, or communistic government, or just plain "today", its about personal responsibility. How much more comfortable it is to let "someone else" take care of all of the worries and cares... 'til we get to the point that we depend upon someone else for just about EVERYthing, including the most important thing, our own defense. Thus, we are portrayed as sheep... peaceful, defenseless, herbivors. If we're lucky, they just shear us and set us out to graze again until our coats (wallets) are thick. But, there ARE wolves who will dine, and if necessary, the shepherd that we trust for our safety isn't above mutton for dinner. Being sheep, we don't fight baa-aa-aack.

Nate, Ogden, UT

We go as lambs to the slaughter, for when the flock is in peril we become divided allowing the wolves to prey on the weak, yet we manage to escape. We permit new wolves to be born who will one day fleece us in the night while our guard is down.

Charles E. Hughes, Indianapolis, IN

The quotation certainly describes the deregulated world created by Reagan, the two Bushes, and the right wing biased Fox news that lulls the unthinking sheep to sleep.

ElizaBeth Marshall-Smith, Princeton, TX

Someone who's REALLY worked with sheep knows they are STUPID! They must be watched ALL OF THE TIME! They will die of thirst because, they are afraid of inch deep running water. The same sheep will drown wading into deep water if, it's still. Is it an insult to be called a sheep? HELLO!!!!!! YES!!!!!! Sheeple don't know how to live under the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They weren't written for someone who wants to wear mental diapers.

Robert, St. Emilion, France

The truth hurts - how can you not give this five or more stars....

Mike, Norwalk

Welcome to Amerika, the land of the fleeced and the home of the flocked.

Mike, Pleasant Hill

Amen to that brother Mike.

Bruski, Naples FL

We sheep are being led to the slaughter as we surrender to the "wolves" aka bureaucrats who control us with central planning and central banking.

History guides us and speaks loudly.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

States exist not to ennoble men but to level them, rendering them sheep.

Robert, Somewher in the USA

Perhaps vegetarian's should go back to eating Lamb...

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