QUOTATIONS


“By pursuing his own interest [every individual] frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.”

                                                                                                       —Adam Smith


“A free man is he that, in those things which by his strength and wit he is able to do, is not hindered to do what he has a will to.”                  —Thomas J-Iobbes


“Freedom is not a luxury that we can indulge in when at last we have security and prosperity and enlightenment; it is, rather, antecedent to all of these, for without it we can have neither security nor prosperity nor enlightenment.”

                                                                                  --Henry Steele Commager


“There are those who believe that a new modernity demands a new morality. What they fail to consider is the harsh reality that there is no such thing as a new morality. There is only one morality . All else is immorality.” --Theodore Roosevelt


“Liberal students are being let down by their professors, by the world. . . .(They’re buffeted along by a liberal media. They have liberal public school teachers.... They have liberal professors. They don’t know how to argue. They can’t put together a logical thought, whereas you could put a college Republican on TV right now and he can debate you...and do a credible job. But liberals, they throw food, they even curse.”                                                                                           --Ann Coulter


“If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows not fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened. The courageous man is the man who forces himself, in spite of his fear, to carry on.” —General George Patton


“It occurred to me.. that ‘illegal immigration’ is an oxymoron. If it’s immigration, it is not illegal, and if they are here illegally they are not immigrants, are they? Maybe it’s time that a more accurate term be coined to describe these people. I’ll start the process -- how about ‘foreign trespassers?”’                                 --Ron Olliff

 

“We do not admire a man of timid peace.”                         --Theodore Roosevelt



“At the foundation of our civil liberties lies the principle that denies to government officials an exceptional position before the law and which subjects them to the same >rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.” --Justice Louis Brandeis


“Why, it appears that we appointed all of our worst generals to command the armies and we appointed all of our best generals to edit the newspapers. I mean, I found by reading a newspaper that these editor generals saw all of the defects plainly from the start but didn’t tell me until it was too late. I’m willing to yield my place to these best generals and I’ll do my best for the cause by editing a newspaper.”

                                                                                                       --Robert E. Lee


“The efforts which we make to escape from our destiny only serve to lead us into it.”               —Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. [To approve such spending] would be contrary to and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is for.

                                                                                  ----President Franklin Pierce


“If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just power from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth and their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction cannot lay claim to progress. They are just reactionary.”                                                                        --Calvin Coolidge


“Courage is the first of all the virtues because if you haven’t courage, you may not have the opportunity to use any of the others.” —Samuel Johnson


“We have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.”

                                                                                            —Winston Churchill


“Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”          --John F. Kennedy


“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” . --Jonathan Swift


“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” --Gene Fowler


“I like a person who knows his own mind and sticks to it; who sees at once what, in given circumstances, is to be done, and does it.” --William Hazlitt


“We’d all like to vote for the best man but he’s never a candidate.”

                                                                                            --Kin Hummbard


 “When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘guilty’.”   --Theodore Roosevelt


 “Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens ---- and then everybody disagrees.”               --Boris Marshalov


 “We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex -- but Congress can.”                  --Cullen Hightower


“In your country club, your church, and business, about fifteen percent of the people are screwballs, lightweights, and boobs, and you would not want those people unrepresented in Congress.”               --Alan Simpson


 “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”                         --Will Rogers


“Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.” --Frank Dane


“We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.”

                                                                                                      --H.L.Mencken

 

“Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.” --Jean de Ia Fontaine



“When a government takes over a people’s economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs.”                            --Maxwell Anderson


“If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows not fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened. The courageous man is the man who forces himself, in spite of his fear, to carry on.”                  --General George Patton



“The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.” —Thomas Carlyle


“The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human power, whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism, and ought to have no place among Republicans and Christians.” --Angelica Grimke


“Let us understand that God is a physician~ and that suffering is a medicine for salvation, not a punishment for damnation.” --Augustine


“People.. .love to say that ‘Violence never solved anything.’ But what solved Hitler? Was It a team of social workers? Was it putting daisies into the gun barrels of Nazi Panzer divisions? Was it a commission that tried to understand what made Hitler sorry? ?No. What solved Hitler was violence.” --Michael Medved


“I could not say less in view of questions of such gravity that go down to the very foundations of the government. If the provisions of the Constitution can be set aside by an Act of Congress, where is the course of usurpation to end? The present assault upon capital is but the beginning . It will be but the stepping-stone to others, larger and more sweeping, till our political contests will become a war of the poor against the rich; a war growing in intensity and bitterness.” --Justice Stephen Field



“[Without Pope John Paul II] there would be no end of Communism or at least much later, and the end would have been bloody.” --Lech Walesa, former President of Poland and leader of the Solidarity Movement


“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”                                                                 --Henry David Thoreau


“And then she understood the devilish cunning of the enemies’ plan. By mixing a little truth with it they had made their lie far stronger.”                 --C. S. Lewis


“There are two races of men in this world.. .the ‘race’ of the decent man and the ‘race’ of the indecent man.”                                      —Victor Frankl


“In order to discover new lands, one must be willing to lose sight of the shore for a very long, long time.                                       —Andre Gide


“When great causes are on the move in the world we learn we are spirits, not animals, and that something is going on in space and time, and beyond space and time, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.” --Winston Churchill


“If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instruction and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”                                      --Daniel Webster


“Doesn’t anyone wonder why the NAACP does not have events celebrating the first black woman secretary of state?.. Why does an organization whose mission is to advance the lot of blacks not celebrate Clarence Thomas, our black Supreme Court justice?”                                               --Star Parker


“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”                        --Thomas Reed


 “I never liked the atmosphere of Washington.... [The leaders were spending most of their time, thought and energy in trying to get into office, or in trying to stay there after they were in.”                                                   --Booker T. Washington


“Let no man turn aside, ever so slightly, from the broad path of honor, on the plausible pretence that he is justified by the goodness of his end. All good ends can be worked out by good means.”                               --Charles Dickens


“There is no outward sign of true chivalry that does not rest on a deep moral foundation.”--                  -Johann Goethe


“The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind forward.”

--lgor Sikorsky

 

“Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end.” --Lord Acton


“When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing -- they believe in anything.”                                             --C. K. Chesterton


“A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.” --Oscar Wilde


“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” --Aesop


“Under every stone lurks a politician.” --Aristophanes


“One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” --Neil Armstrong (July 20, 1969) Addressing a joint session of Congress in September of 1969, Commander Armstrong stated: “To those of you who have advocated looking high we owe our sincere gratitude, for you have granted us the opportunity to see some of the grandest views of the Creator.”


“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.”                                    --C. L. De Montesquieu


“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”                                    --George Bernard Shaw


“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”                                                --Plato


“The sword of Muhammad and the Quran are the most fatal enemies of civilization, liberty and truth which the world has yet known.”              —Sir William Muir


“There never was an idea stated that woke men out of their stupid indifference but its originator was spoken of as a crank.”                   —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.



“In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.”                    —Mark Twain


“The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it’s goodbye to the Bill of Rights.”                          —H. L. Mencken


“[The situation in New Orleans is] the best commercial for owning a gun I’ve ever seen.                                 ----Hugh Hewitt


It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense, either by sumptuary laws, or by prohibiting the importation of foreign luxuries. They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs. If their own extravagance does not ruin the state, that of their subjects never will.”                                          --Adam Smith


“My sword 1 give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder.”

                                                                                  —John Bunyan


“To laugh often and much; To win respect of intelligent people and the affection of children. To leave the world a better place. To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

                                                                        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” --William James


“The self-sufficient man is the richest among humans.” --Menander


“You vote yourselves salaries out of the public funds and care only for your own personal interests; hence the state limps along.” --Aristophanes


“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”                                         --Pericles



“Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.”                      --Augustine


“An ambassador is a person who, having failed to secure an office from the people, is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.” --Ambrose Bierce


“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” --Edward Murrow


“At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its triumphs have been due to minorities.”                                —Lord Acton


“There is no robbery so terrible as the robbery committed by those who think they are doing right.”                          —Mary Catherwood


“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be.”                       —Socrates


“How should it happen that the individual should be without rights, but the combination of individuals should possess unlimited rights?” —Auberon Herbert



“Time after time mankind is driven against the rocks of the horrid reality of a fallen creation. And time after time mankind must learn the hard lessons of history—the lessons that for some dangerous and awful reason we can’t seem to keep in our collective memory.”                             —Hilaire Belloc


“I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or >any kindness I can show to any creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it, for I shall not pass this way again.”             --Stephen Grellet



“On this showing, the nature of the breakdowns of civilizations can be summed up in three points: a failure of creative power in the minority, an answering withdrawal of mimesis on the part of the majority, and a consequent loss of social unity in the society as a whole.”                                        --Arnold Joseph Toynbee


The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”                      --Plato


“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”                                --Louis L’Amour



“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: quality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

                                                                        --Alexis de Tocqueville


“Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.”                             —Jean Francojs Revel


“What is freedom? It means not being a slave to any circumstance, to any restraint, to any chance.”                          —Lucius Annaeus Seneca


“Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purpose is beneficent.’

                              ----Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis


“Great is the road I climb, but the garland offered by an easier effort is not worth the gathering.”                           —Sextus Proper

 

“Nothing arouses ambition so much.. .as the trumpet clang of another’s fame.” —Baltasar Gracian


“The Modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. Thus some scientists care for truth; but their truth is pitiless. And thus some humanitarians care only for pity; but their pity is often untruthful”

                                                   --G.K. Chestertoft


“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”                               --C. K. Chesterton



“No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.”                               --Sam Rayburn


“Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.”

                                                                        --Mark Twain )



“A State, I cheerfully admit, is the noblest work of Man: But Man, himself, free and honest, is, I speak as to this noblest work of God..” —James Wilson


“If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish prig.” --Woodrow Wilson



“The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”                                                 --John Jay


“What would happen if all these neutral nations.. .were with one spontaneous impulse to do their duty.. .and were to stand together.. .against aggression and wrong? At present their plight is lamentable and it will become much worse. They bow humbly and in fear to.. ,threats of violence. ... Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured. But I fear.. .the storm will not pass. It will rage and it will roar, ever more loudly, ever more widely. It will spread to the South; it will spread to the North. There is no chance of a speedy end except through united action. “

                                                             ---Sir Winston Churchill



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