Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth: in that day all their thoughts shall perish.
- The plans of most princes, like those of most of us, perish long before the die.
- This works both ways. Our hope does not lie in princes -- or Founding Fathers -- because they inevitably die and cannot make their good visions permanent. On the other hand, although it may often feel that an oppressing tyrant's reign will never end, or that a bad trend will keep getting worse forever, mortality touches them, too.