Theodore Beza was a French Reformed Protestant theologian, reformer and scholar who played an important role in the Reformation. He was a disciple of John Calvin and lived most of his life in Geneva. Beza succeeded Calvin as a spiritual leader of the Republic of Geneva, which was originally founded by John Calvin himself.
|Have regard not merely to what is permissible but especially to what is expedient.||Policy & Policy Making|
|He who has once been approved and accepted by his people, though he abuse his right, yet retains the basis of his authority as against his own private subjects, since an obligation entered upon publicly and by mutual consent cannot be dissolved and broken by the will of any private citizen. For were this otherwise, endless disorders, worse even than tyranny itself, would ensue…||Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance|
|I would not hold that we must judge by the favorable or adverse result alone whether an undertaking was just or unjust.||Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest|
|If the tyrant forbids what God commands, you should not at all judge that you have performed your duty if you have merely refused to obey the tyrant, unless at the same time you obey the command of God.||Religion & God|
|Peoples did not in the first instance originate from rulers, but whatever peoples desired to be ruled by a single monarch or by chief men elected by them were anterior to their rulers. Hence it follows that peoples were not created for the sake of rulers, but on the contrary the rulers for the sake of the people.||Leaders & Leadership|
|Since the origin of the world there has never been a king—even if you were to select the very best—who did not in some measure abuse his authority…||Power|
|The authority of all magistrates (with however great power and sovereignty they be vested) is as it were hedged in by these two limits set by God himself, namely Piety and Charity||Religion & God|