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My Quotes

"Who dares wins." -British SAS

“Know, think, choose, do.” – Card

“On the mountain of truth, you never climb in vain. You either reach a higher step today or you exercise your strength in order to climb higher tomorrow.” - Nietzsche.

"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body." - Whitman

"Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions, and composed our masterpieces. Never will the world know all it owes them, nor all they have suffered to enrich us." - Proust

"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away." - Goldwater

“The porcupine teaches that you don’t have to be strong enough to defeat a predator to avoid being that predator’s lunch. It suffices to be an expensive meal.” - Kennedy

“All things are transitory.”

“Less is more.” - Browning

“Through hunger, not greed.”

"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant." - Mill

“Always know the reason why.”

“Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the naïve, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as empty, meaningless or dishonest and scorn to use them. No matter how pure their motives, they thereby throw sand into machinery that does not work too well at best.” - Heinlein

“It is immoral to initiate force or fraud against any sentient being.”

"Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them." -Hesse

"To create, you must destroy."

“Companions the creator seeks, not corpses, not herds and believers.  Fellow creators the creator seeks – those who write new values on new tablets.  Companions the creator seeks, and fellow harvesters; for everything about him is ripe for the harvest.” - Nietzsche

“It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.” - Wodewouse

"No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Jefferson

“It is possible for a single individual to defy the whole might of an unjust empire to save his honor, his religion, his soul, and lay the foundation for that empire’s fall or its regeneration.” - Gandhi

“It simply is not true that war never settles anything.” - Frankfurter

"We're drowning in information and starving for knowledge." -Rogers

"Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you." -Luke 6:26

“Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.” - Heinlein

"When the passions become masters, they are vices." - Pascal

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” -Eliot

“Failing Tao, man resorts to virtue.  Failing virtue, man resorts to humanity.  Failing humanity, man resorts to morality.  Failing morality, man resorts to ceremony.  Now, ceremony is the merest husk of faith and loyalty;  It is the beginning of all confusion and disorder.”  - Lao Tzu

“Self-respect is the root of discipline: the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” - Heschel

“Silence is not always tact, and it is tact that is golden, not silence.” - Butler

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” - Eisenhower

"You are remembered for the rules you break." -McArthur

"A joke is an epigram on the death of a feeling." -Nietzsche

“Data data everywhere but not a thought to thing.” - Roszak

"Almost all of our relationships begin, and most of them continue, as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods." - Auden

"Being entirely honest with oneself is good exercise." – Freud

"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." - Tacitus

“The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.” - Stevenson

"Give the historians something to write about." -Propertius

"Hate is a luxury of the idle." - Spencer

"The notion that the church, the press, and the universities should serve the state is essentially a Communist notion ... In a free society these institutions must be wholly free -- which is to say that their function is to serve as checks upon the state." - Barth

"I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called `brightness', but it doesn't work." - Gallagher

"First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst." - Carnegie

"God sells knowledge for labor - honor for risk."

“The road to wisdom? Well, it’s plain and simple to express: Err and err and err again but less and less and less.” - Hein

"He deserves paradise who make his companions laugh." - The Koran

"He that is not with me is against me." -Matthew 12:30

"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." - Boetcker

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but habit.” - Aristotle

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” - Asimov

“To tolerate everything is to teach nothing.” - Kinsman

“Nature will weed out the mutants that live against nature.”

“Unhurt people are not much good in the world.” - Starkie

“Violence is the quest for identity.” - McLuhan

“We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stovelid. She will never sit down on a hot stovelid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.” - Twain

"Do not believe hastily: what harm quick belief can do." -Ovid

"Fixation is the way to death, fluidity is the way to life." - Musashi

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." - Gandi

“Learn to unlearn one’s learning.” - Hummel

“A Police State is a country run by criminals.”  - Harris

“The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting and retain them without preaching are Wealth, Health and Power.” – Colton

“Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever Gods may be for my unconquerable Soul.

In the fell clutch of Circumstance, I have not winced, nor cried aloud. Beneath the bludgeonings of Chance, My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of Wrath and Tears Looms but the Horror of the Shade, And yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find me, unafraid. I matters not how Strait the Gate, How charged with punishments the Scroll, I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul.” - Henley
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Einstein

“The true definition of a snob is one who craves for what separates men rather than what unites them.” - Buchan

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the roots.” - Thoreau

"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours." - Bach

"If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought or deed, I will gladly change. I seek the truth, which never yet hurt anybody. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm." - Marcus Aurelius

"The more laws and restrictions there are, the poorer people become. The sharper men's weapons, the more troubled the land." -Lao Tsu

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Roosevelt

“Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. Sin is behavior that ignore the welfare of others.” - Heinlein

"To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves." - Helvetius

"If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; if you would know and not be known, live in a city" - Colton

“Folks who blurt out just what they think wouldn’t be so bad if they thought.” - Hubbard

“I hold it, that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” - Jefferson

“I keep six honest serving men. They taught me all I know; their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.” - Kipling

"When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves." - Hoffer

"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." -Freud

"Bed is the poor man's opera."

“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” - Disraeli

"No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” - Donne

“If you have made a mistake, cut your losses as quickly as possible.” - Baruch

“Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.”

“When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.” - Shaw

“The silent dog is the first to bite.”

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be." - Vonnegut

"Grant me the Serenity to prioritize things I cannot delegate, the Courage to say No when I need to, and the Wisdom to know when to go home."

"A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side." - Lindberg

"I'm interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice." - Eastwood

"A man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe." -Eurpides

"I sweat. If anything comes easy to me, I mistrust it." -Palmer

"There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that never otherwise would have occurred ... Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genious power and magic in it. Begin it now." -Goethe

"Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking." -Keynes

"Natural laws have no pity." -Heinlein

"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future." - Hitler

"Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have." - Fosdick

“But when it comes to human beings, the only type of cause that matters is final cause, the purpose. What a person had in mind. Once you understand what people really want, you can't hate them anymore. You can fear them, but you can't hate them, because you can always find the same desires in your own heart." - Card

"We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert." - Oppenheimer

"Having served on various committees, I have drawn up a list of rules. Never arrive on time; this stamps you as a beginner. Don't say anything until the meeting is half over; this stamps you as being wise. Be as vague as possible; this avoids irritating others. When in doubt, suggest that a sub-committee be appointed. Be the first to move to for adjournment; this will make you popular; it's what everyone is waiting for." - Chapman

"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." - Wiesel

“Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it.  Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” - Chief Seattle

"The best is the enemy of the good." -Voltaire

"I don't think the Constitution is studied almost anywhere anymore, including law schools. In law schools, what they study is what the court said about the Constitution. They study the opinions. They don't study the Constitution itself." - Bork
"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" - Paige

“The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles. The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them.” - Sun Tzu

"America and its demons, Europe and its ghosts." - Le Monde

"When pain ends, gain ends too." - Browning

"All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it--walk!" - Rand

"A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim." - Santayana

"If the wind will not serve, take to the oars."

“Things forbidden have a secret charm.” - Tactius

"The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens." -Keynes

"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written." - Wilde

"Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry." - Beecher

"In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence." - Peter

"By pursuing his own interest, the 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." - Smith

"He who wants a rose must respect the thorn."

"They are able who think they are able." -Virgil

“When you have done your work, retire!” – Lao Tzu

"It's the whole, not the detail, that matters."

"The fair request ought to be followed by the deed, in silence." - Dante

"At every single moment of one's life, one is going to be no less than what one has been." - Wilde

"Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you." -  Gide

"I will not Reason and Compare; my business is to Create." - Blake

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." - Russell

"The temptation to moralize is strong; it is emotionally satisfying to have enemies rather than problems, to seek out culprits rather than the flaws in the system. God knows it is emotionally satisfying to be righteous with that righteousness that nourishes itself on the blood of sinners. But God also knows that what is emotionally satisfying can be spiritually devastating." - Coffin

"Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him." - Proverbs 26:12

"Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do." -Lin Yutang

"Let him who desires peace prepare for war." -Vegetius

"For the mob is impressed by appearances and by results; and the world is composed of the mob. The few cannot prevail when the many have something to rely upon." -Machiavelli

“He who thinks by the inch and talks by the yard deserves to be kicked by the foot.”

"In action, be primitive; in foresight, a strategist." - Char

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." - Druker

“Anything free is worth what you pay for it.”

"The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination." -Voltaire

"The weak have on weapon - the errors of those who thing they are strong." -Bidault

"Everyone lives by selling something." - Stevenson

"Knowledge cannot defile, nor consequently the books, if the will and conscience be not defiled." - Milton

"In the field of observation, chance favors the prepared mind." - Pastor

"There is nothing permanent except change." - Heraclitus

"One loses so many laughs by not laughing at oneself." -Duncan

“To succeed, planning alone is insufficient.  One must improvise as well.” - Asimov

"Remember this: If you work for a man, in Heaven's name, work for him. If he pays you wages which supply you bread and butter, work for him; speak well of him; stand by the institution he represents. If put to a pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. If you must vilify, condemn and eternally disparage - resign your position, and when you are on the outside, damn to your heart's content, but as long as you are part of the institution do not condemn it." -Hubbard

"Reasons are whores." -Michaels

“To thine own self be true” - Shakespeare

"When a man blames others for his failures, it's a good idea to credit others with his successes." - Newton

"Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable." - Goethe

"Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.  Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.  Never spend your money before you have it.  Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.  Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.  We never repent of having eaten too little.  Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.  How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.  Take things always by their smooth handle.  When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred." - Jefferson

"The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded."- Montesquieu

"Ideas won't keep: something must be done about them." - Whitehead

“As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.” - Socrates

"The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it." - Emerson

"God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars." - Hubbard

"A year from now you may wish you had started today." - Lamb

"I never practice, I always play." - Landowska

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." - Fitzgerald

"Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve." - Shaw

"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." - Camus

"If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives." - South

"The point to remember is that what Government gives it must first take away." - Caldwell

"The more the world is specialized the more it will be run by generalists." -Masse

“Therefore a wise prince will seek means by which his subjects will always and in every possible condition of thing have need of his government, and that they will always be faithful to him.” – Machiavelli

"Imagination is more important then knowledge." -Einstein

“Space we can recover, time never.” - Napoleon

"A living thing seeks above all to discharge its strength - life itself is Will to Power." -Nietzche

"A civilized society is one that exhibits the five qualities of truth, beauty, adventure, art and peace." - Whitehead

"Bureaucrats are the only people in the world who can say absolutely nothing and mean it." -Sidey

"The enemies of Freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot." -Inge

"Boredom is rage spread thin." - Tillich

"Patience is a most necessary quality for business; many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request." - Chesterfield

"It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change." - Colette

"The best audience is intelligent, well-educated, and a little drunk." - Barkley

"A man is what he fights for."

"Your trust in rationality makes you irrational." - Card

“Thus, while the tangible has advantages, it is the intangible that makes it useful.” – Lao Tzu

“This above all:  to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” - Shakespeare

"In a lie the spirit practices treason against itself." -Buber

"When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inward and examine ourselves." -Confucius

“As a matter of biology, if something bites you it is probably female.” - Kruse

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight--it's the size of the fight in the dog." - Eisenhower

"A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave." - Gandhi

"The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice." - Larson

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?" - Lincoln

“My work is a game, a very serious game.” - Escher

“Big Brother is watching you.” - Orwell

“Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.” - Landers

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.  So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” - Roosevelt

“Any business arrangement that is not profitable to the other person will in the end prove unprofitable for you.  The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated.” - Forbes

“Out of life's school of war:  What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” - Nietzche

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price  of chains or slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty  or give me death!” - Henry

“The man who comes with a tale about others has himself an ax to grind.”

"Seek freedom and become captive of your desires, Seek discipline and find your liberty." -Herbert

"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness." - Santayana

“Numbers constitute the only universal language.” - West

“Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.” - Beerbohm

“Privacy is as necessary as company.” - Heinlein”

“Riots are the voices of the unheard.” - King

"Word is bond."

“The truth is generally seen, rarely heard.” - Gracian

"Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation. " -Sheldon

"We love without reason, and without reason we hate." - Regnard

"Whenever opponents try to attack you, let then go ahead and do anything that is useless, while preventing them from doing anything useful." - Musashi

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” - LeGuin

"He who laughs, lasts."

"Home is not where you live but where they understand you." -Morgenstern

"Imagination is a poor substitute for experience." -Ellis

“Most of what we need is quite close at hand.”

"It is the aim of good government to stimulate production, of bad government to encourage consumption." - Say

“A known enemy is relatively safe.” – Asimov

“Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended in Action alone.” – Caryle

“A pure soul must never grow attached to any one thing.  A pure soul must expose himself to new things every day.” - Card

"Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck by the difference between what things are and what they might have been." -Hazlitt

“All is well that ends well.” - Heywood

"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity." -Thoreau

"Age and treachery will triumph over youth and skill."

"Originally, to be sure, everything was id." -Freud

"There is a fine line between genius and madness." -Seneca

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” - Roosevelt

“I expect nothing.  I fear no one.  I am free.” - Kazantzakis

"The longer the excuse, the less likely it's the truth." - Half

"It is easier to be critical than correct." - Disraeli

"I can't keep from fooling around with our irrefutable certainties. It is, for example, a pleasure knowingly to mix up two and three dimensionalities, flat and spatial, and to make fun of gravity." - Escher

"Building a great tradition is more rewarding than simply having one." - Slaughter

"The best index to people's character is A, how they treat people who can't do them any good, and B, how they treat people who can't fight back." - van Buren

"Prosperity tries the fortunate; adversity the great." -Pliny the Younger

"Advertising - a judicious mixture of flattery and threats." -Frye

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" -Paige

“Kindness in words creates confidence.  Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.  Kindness in giving creates love.” -Lao-Tzu

"Have more than thou showest, Speak less than thou knowest." -Shakespeare

"When pain ends, gain ends too." -Browning

"A picture is worth a thousand facts."

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” - Seneca

“See the simple and embrace the primal, diminish the self and curb the desires!” – Lao Tzu

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” - Toynbee

"Seek not, my soul, the life of the immortals; but enjoy to the full the resources that are within reach." -Pindor

“Make it a rule of life never to regret and never look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s good only for wallowing in.” - Mansfield

“Never do today what you can put off tomorrow if tomorrow might improve the odds. - Heinlein

"Go into emptiness, strike voids, bypass what he defends, hit him where he does not expect you." -Ts'ao Ts'ao

"We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves." -Becker

"Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important" -Eliot

"Anarchy is against the law."

"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." -Keller

“All our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.” - Pascal

“All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching?” - Johnson

“Any government will work if authority and responsibility are equal and coordinate. This does not insure “good” government; it simply insures that it will work.” - Heinlein

"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live ." - King

"Knowledge for its own sake - that is the last snare laid by morality: we are thereby completely entangled in morals once more." -Nietzche

"Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly." -Crassus

“The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity.  The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating.  The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.” - Schaar

"There are three modes of bearing the ills of life: by indifference, by philosophy and by religion." -Colton

“A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes, but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.” - Freud

“A man surprised is half beaten.” - Fuller

“Age does not bring wisdom, often it merely changes simple stupidity into arrogant conceit.” - Heinlein

“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.” - Kennedy

“Use what talents you possess:  the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang the best.”

“All movements go too far.” - Russell

"They sicken of the calm that know the storm." -Parker

"Your aim must be to take All-under-Heaven intact. Consequently, the art of using troops is this: When ten to the enemy's one, surround him; When five times his strength, attack him; If double his strength, divide him. If equally matched you may engage him. If weaker numerically, be capable of withdrawing; and if in all respects unequal, be capable of eluding him." -Sun Tzu

“Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them.” - Eliot

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

"There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will ever tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on. From now on, I am your teacher." - Card

“All truth passes through 3 stages.  First, it is ridiculed.  Second, it is violently opposed.  Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” - Schopenhauer

"Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist - it reduces him to his fighting weight." -Billings

"Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed." - Berenson

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” -Roosevelt

"It is not the strength, but the duration, of great sentiments that makes great men." - Nietzsche

"History is a vast early warning system." - Cousins

“The more complex the structure, the faster the response to change.” - Card

"I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong." - Rosten

“Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.” - Heinlein

“Wisdom comes alone through suffering.” - Aeschylus

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” - Toffler

“Your enemy in never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend.” - Heinlein

"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself." - Lawrence

"Luck is a lack of fear."

“Tempt not a desperate man.” - Shakespeare

"We will either find a way, or make one." -Hannibal

"There is only one force that motivates men - interest." - Freeman

"To be three is to be in public - you feel safe." - Bowen

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”  -Nin

“Quantity is a quality in itself.”

"See everything: overlook a great deal: correct a little." -Pope John XXIII

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." - Burke

“Opportunity makes the thief.”

“What is success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; That is to have succeeded.” - Emerson.

“When the mouse laughs at the cat there’s a hole nearby.”

"The more you let yourself go, the less others let you go." - Nietzche

“Nobody really has it all together.”

"It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." -Holmes

"Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss nature leads, or you shall learn nothing." -Huxley

"The intellect of man is forced to chose Perfection of the life or of the work." -Yeats

"The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic… The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent." -Holmes

"There are things of deadly earnest that can only be safely mentioned under cover of a joke." - Procter

"Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity." -Thurber

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” - Adams

“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?  Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” - Eliot

"I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be 'happy.' I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something; to have made some difference that you lived at all." - Rosten

“Every day all people judge all other people.  The question is whether we judge wisely.” - Card

“Don’t laugh at a youth for his affectations; he’s only trying on one face after another till he finds his own.” - Smith

“Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.” - Peter

"One person with a belief is worth a thousand with interest."

“Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared.” - Einstein

"Creativity comes from a series of shocks." - Burroughs.

“Evil spelled backward is live.”

"The secret is to go with the mystery. When a situation doesn’t make immediate sense, a larger overall message may appear if you let it unfold naturally." - Orloff

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light - not our darkness - that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?" - Mandela

“Every man I meet is in some way my superior.” – Emerson

“When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” - Doyle

“Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.” - Stern

“Machines are human because they are made in our image. They share both our virtues and our faults - magnified.” - Heinlein

"Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied." - George

"No one is more profoundly sad than he who laughs too much." -Richter

"Nostalgia is a seductive liar." -Ball

"Not to he who is offensive to us are we most unfair, but to he who does not concern us at all." -Nietzche

“Quarrels never could last long, if on one side only lay the wrong.” - Franklin

“The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise ” - Franklin

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” - Morris

“I don’t think anyone is free - one creates one’s own prison.” - Sutherland

“Good people do not let others suffer needlessly" - Card

"The history of almost every civilization furnishes examples of geographical expansion coinciding with deterioration in quality." -Toynbee

“Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.” - Blake

“Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave.” - Brougham

“Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.” - Honore de Balzac

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” - Huxley

“Share what you know. Learn what you don't.”

“Failure changes for the better, success for the worse.” - Seneca

“If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” - Mark 3:25

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” - Twain

“In an easy cause any man may be eloquent.” - Ovid

"We believe nothing so firmly as what we least know." – Montaigne

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." -Dante

“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is an invisible labor.” - Hugo

"The strongest human instinct is to impart information, the second strongest is to resist it." - Grahame

"There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference." -Montalvo

"What makes life dreary is want of motive." -Elliot

"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin--real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." - D'Souza

"To live in fear is a life half-lived."

"People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend." - Landor

"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther." - Carlyle

"Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was." - Hammarskjold

"Without civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value." - Russell

“Television is the literature of the illiterate, the culture of the low-brow, the wealth of the poor, the privilege of the underprivileged, the exclusive club of the excluded masses.” - Lowvinger

"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it." - Barrie

"Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves: to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today."

"No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be...." - Asimov

"One must have chaos in oneself in order to give birth to a dancing star." - Nietzsche

"We can do noble acts without ruling earth and sea." - Aristotle

“The best place to hide a needle is in a stack of needles.” - Heinlein

"Wit is the only wall between us and the dark." -Doren

“You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.” - Johnson

"Propaganda is the process of covering your own defects while exposing the defects of your opponents." -Sheets

"An arch never sleeps."

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” - Curie

“If you don't control your mind, someone else will.” - Allston

"Form ever follows function." - Sullivan

“When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.” - Campbell

“When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.” - Tse

“May the road rise to meet you.  May the wind always be at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

“Trust each other again and again.  When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparent limits, discovering new and awesome abilities for which they were previously unaware.” - Armistead

“Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings.” - Miller

“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain:  either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.” - Nietzsche

“To find something you can enjoy is far better than finding something you can possess.”- Holm

“Time is our most basic and precious commodity--only a fool has enough for boredom.”

“Every man shall bear his own burden.” - Galatians 6:5

“So long as the anti-militarists propose no substitute for war’s disciplinary function, no moral equivalent of war, analogous, as one might say, to the mechanical equivalent of hate, so long they fail to realize the full equities of the situation.” - James

“Swifter, higher, stronger” - Olympic Games

“There is one certain means by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin -- I will die in the last ditch.” - William Of Orange

"No man consciously chooses evil because it is evil: he only mistakes it for the happiness he seeks." - Shelley

"Nothing will change until we demolish the we-they mentality. We are human, and therefore all human concerns are ours." - Hamill

"Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models. We lose sight of the men and women who do not simply seem great because they are famous but are famous because they are great." - Boorstin

“The first way to lie artistically is to tell the truth - but not all of it. The second way involves telling the truth, too, but is harder: Tell the exact truth and maybe all of it … but tell it so unconvincingly that your listener is sure you are lying.” - Heinlein

“The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves.” - Hazlitt

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” - Lytton

"The scholar seeks, the artist finds." - Gide

"In any evolutionary process the search for novelty becomes corrupting." - Boulding

“We aim above the mark to hit the mark.” - Emerson

"The answer to any question starting, "Why don't they-" is almost always, "Money." - Heinlein
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." - Galatians 6:7

"Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch." -Baldwin

"Behind many acts that are thought ridiculous there lie wise and weighty motives." - La Rochefoucauld

"If you don't want to be replaced by a machine, don't act like one." - Penzias
"Music is a higher revelation than philosophy." - Beethoven
"Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile...initially scared me to death." - Bender

"The faculty of imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses." - Leonardo da Vinci
"People are far more interesting and successful when they are less concerned about being normal, and more concerned on being natural." - Nolan

"Victory belongs to the most persevering." -Napoleon

"If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo." -Lee

"Envy is an admission of inferiority."

"Knowledge is power." -Bacon

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." -Kennedy

"Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace." -Hubbard

"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular." -Stevenson

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." -Patton

"I hate quotations." -Emerson

"Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child." – Cicero

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” – Jefferson

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” – Jefferson

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” – Goethe

“Where morality is present, laws are unnecessary. Without morality, laws are unenforceable.”

“The power to tax is the power to destroy.” – Marshall

“There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws.” –  Rand

"Sometimes you have to be silent to be heard."

"Half the vices that the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence." - Butler

"One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, 'What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?" - Carson

"Without work life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies." - Camus

"You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." - Bradbury

"Beware the fury of a patient man." - Dryden

“Don't compete. Create. Find out what everyone else is doing and then don't do it.” - Weldon

"I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up wrinkles the soul." - MacArthur

"Two things one should never be angry at: what one can help, and what one cannot help." - Fuller

"Nothing is more useful to mankind than those arts which have no utility."

"When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic." - Galbraith

"Babe Ruth struck out 1330 times."

“To penetrate one’s being, one must go armed to the teeth.” - Valery

“When virtue has slept, she will get up more refreshed.” - Nietzsche

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will." - Nehru

"The truth that many people never understand until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt." - Merton

"Talent is formed in still waters; character in the world's torrent." - Goethe

"There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking." - Korzybski

“Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first call promising.” - Connolly

"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." - Jefferson

"No animal admires another animal." - Pascal

"The great aim of education is not knowledge but action." -Spencer

"It is no rest to be idle." - Peel

"Some people just don't seem to realize, when they're moaning about not getting prayers answered, that no is the answer." - White

"Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well." - Buddha

"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never; in nothing, great or small, large or petty; never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense." - Churchill

"The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose." - Bejar

"Power is never taken, it is given."

"Nothing sways the stupid more than arguments they can't understand." -Retz

"After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box."

"If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!" -Rochejaquelin

"If something is done simply because that is the way it has always been done, it is time for a change."

"Intelligence is derived from two words - inter and legere - inter meaning 'between' and legere meaning 'to choose'. An intelligent person, therefore, is one who has learned 'to choose between'. He knows that good is better than evil, that confidence should supersede fear, that love is superior to hate, that gentleness is better than cruelty, forbearance than intolerance, compassion than arrogance, and truth has more virtue than ignorance." -Klotsche

“Sometimes a cigar is only a cigar.” - Freud

“Strangers present.” - Heinlein

“Your paradigm is so intrinsic to your mental process that you are hardly aware of its existence, until you try to communicate with someone with a different paradigm.” - Meadows

“The squeaky wheel may get the oil, but sometimes, the raised nail gets hammered.”

“No man ever really finds out what he believes until he begins to instruct his children.”

"It is a characteristic of all movements and crusades that the psychopathic element rises to the top." -Linder

"There is nothing more frightening that ignorance in action." -Gothe

"A weak mind does not accumulate force enough to hurt itself; stupidity often saves a man from going mad." -Holmes

"Magic lives in curves, not angles." - Cooley

"From error to error, one discovers the entire truth." - Freud

"For every action, you have to watch out for the unintended consequences." - Zagaris

"If you don't ask the right questions, you don't get the right answers.  A question asked in the right way often points to its own answer. Asking questions is the ABC of diagnosis. Only the inquiring mind solves problems." - Hodnett

"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish." - Michelangelo
“It’s all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.” - Shaw

“Kiss principle: Keep it simple, stupid.”

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial.  The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.” - Brandeis

“A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.” - Acheson

“Light is the ultimate messenger of the universe.”

“You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.” - Beard

“When they took the fourth amendment, I was silent because I don't deal drugs.  When they took the sixth amendment, I kept quiet because I know I'm innocent.  When they took the second amendment, I said nothing because I don't own a gun.  Now they've come for the first amendment, and I can't say anything at all.” - Freeman

"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit." - Maugham

“Life is nothing, if you’re not obsessed.”

“When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple.  Take it and copy it.” - France

“A witty saying proves nothing.” - Voltaire

“We suppress what we can not control. We can not control what we do not understand.”

"Two basic reasons underlie the attempt to separate America from its spiritual roots. First, the liberal goal of state socialism is incompatible with a citizenry who look to themselves and to God, rather than the state, for the satisfaction of their needs. Socialism requires that citizens do obeisance to the state as the Source from which all blessings flow. The supreme State can have no other God before it. The second reason for outlawing religion derives from the lobbying of those who wish their sins declared virtues. They seek the validation of the law, in the futile belief that legal right to be wrong makes wrong right." - Bowles

"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." - Ecclesiastes 10:2

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." - Jefferson

“We have our various ways of avoiding reality.  If you forced us to face it every moment of our days we’d all go mad.” – Herbert

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." - Goldwater

"Political correctness is just tyranny with manners. I wish for you the courage to be unpopular. Popularity is history's pocket change. Courage is history's true currency." - Heston

“It is a great moral failing of our age that the extent of communism's atrocities remains dimly understood. We know that 6 million perished in the Nazi holocaust. Yet who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 62 million? Or that China's dictators have slaughtered an estimated 38 million? Or that the communist plague has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all the wars of the 20th century combined?" - Fuelner

“The government profits more from tobacco sales than the tobacco companies do. Tobacco companies make about 28 cents per pack. Cigarette taxes average 53 cents per pack. The government also saves 37 cents per pack because, by dying younger, smokers use fewer government benefits.”

“Every tyrant in history is marked by indifference to misery.” – Herbert

“If I am not for myself, who is for me?  But if I am for myself alone, who am I for?” – Hillel

“Guilt should attach only to anyone who remains ignorant in the presence of an opportunity to learn.” – Herbert

"The only way to understand the mathematical concept of infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity."   -Voltaire

"If one is really a superior person, the fact is likely to leak out without too much assistance" – Holmes

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when adults are afraid of the light." – Plato

“Liberty has never come from government.  Liberty has always come from the subjects of government.  The history of liberty is the history of resistance. - Wilson

“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them. – Lee

“An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.” - Cooper

“Ask not what the government can do for you.  Ask what the government is doing to you. - Friedman

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” - Pitt

“False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature ... laws not preventive but fearful of crimes. – Beccaria

"He who fears he will suffer, already suffers from his fear." – Montaigne

"If anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nothingness." – St. Exupry

“Ask not what the government can do for you.  Ask what the government is doing to you.” -  Friedman

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” – Pitt

"Freedom of movement is the very essence of our free society once the right to travel is curtailed, all other rights suffer." - Justice Douglas

"Delegated Authority is not Surrendered Authority...the ultimate Authority resides in the People." - Madison

"It is easy to be blinded to the essential uselessness of computers by the sense of accomplishment you get from getting them to work at all." - Adams

"We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."  - Keen

"Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down." -Proverbs 26:20

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

“No short speech can be all bad.” – Lincoln

"Your parents are frightened, your educators are frightened, the governments and religions are frightened of your becoming a total individual, because they all want you to remain safely within the prison of environmental and cultural influences."


“It is necessary to have understanding in order to be able to interpret the evidence of eyes and ears.  The step from the obvious to the latent truth is like the translation of utterances in a language which is foreign to most men.” – Heraclitus

“A poor man is more deadly than a rich man because he puts less value on his own life.” – Salvatore

“I know my friends, and dismiss my enemies.” – Salvatore

“Nostalgia is a necessary thing, I believe, and a way for all of us to find peace in that which we have accomplished, or even failed to accomplish.  At the same time, if nostalgia precipitates actions to return to that fabled, rosy-painted time, particularly in one who believes his life to be a failure, then it is an empty thing, doomed to produce nothing but frustration, then it is an empty thing, doomed to produce nothing but frustration and an even grater sense of failure.  Even worse, if nostalgia throws barriers in the path toward evolution, then it is a limiting thing indeed.” – Salvatore

“Beware the engineers of society, I say, who would make everyone in all the world equal.  Opportunity should be equal, must be equal, but achievement must remain individual.” – Salvatore

“Nowhere might you learn more than in a land unlike your own.” – Salvatore

“It is the insolence of willful ignorance I cannot abide.” – Holman

“Nothing without labour.” – Holman

"Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor." – Lowell

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." – Adams

"My political curiosity, exclusive of my anxious solicitude for the public welfare, leads me to ask who authorized them (the framers of the Constitution) to speak the language of 'We, the People,' instead of 'We, the States?'" - Henry

"The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it." - Rochefoucauld

“The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.” - D'Israeli
“Self-defence is Nature's eldest law.” - Dryden

“A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.” - Jefferson

“There is no constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen. It is monstrous if the state fails to protect its residents against such predators but it does not violate the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, or, we suppose, any other provision of the Constitution. The Constitution is a charter of negative liberties; it tells the state to let the people alone; it does not require the federal government or the state to provide services, even so elementary a service as maintaining law and order.” - Bowers v. DeVito
“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops .” – Webster

“Englishmen never will be slaves: they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do.” - Shaw

“When you disarm your subjects you offend them by showing that either from cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you.” - Machiavelli

“The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.” – Burke

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft
living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.” – Roosevelt

“Well, in the first place an armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization. That's a personal evaluation only. But gunfighting has a strong biological use. We do not have enough things that kill off the weak and the stupid these days. But to stay alive as an armed citizen a man has to be either quick with his wits or with his hands, preferably both. It's a good thing.” – Heinlein

“I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don't believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn't want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn't know how to return the treatment.” - Malcolm X

“Speed is fine but accuracy is final.” - Jordan
“Accuracy is the product of consistency.”
 “One hundred rounds do not constitute fire power. One hit constitutes fire power.” - Edson
"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own homestead, his possessions are undisturbed; but when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he relied, and distributes his plunder." - Luke 11:21-22
“Jesus Said "But now, let him who has a purse take it along, likewise also a bag, and let him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one." - Luke 22:36

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” - Mencken

"It's not the repression by the bad people that hurts- it's the silence of the good" - King
"Let me say, at the risk of seeming ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love" - Che
"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." - Schweitzer
"Believe you can't, believe you can. Either way you're right!" - Ford
"In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. Therefore ... in the Old Silurian Period the Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long ... seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long. ... There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact." - Twain

"Therefore the considerations of the intelligent always include both benefit and harm." - Sun Tzu
“Insults, like violence, are the last refuge of the incompetent.”

"Voters decide nothing. Vote counters decide everything!" - Stalin

``If you don't turn on to politics, politics will turn on you.''PRIVATE

"Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them." - Jefferson

"If ever this vast country is brought under a single government, it will be one of the most extensive corruption, indifferent and incapable of a wholesome care over so wide a spread of surface. This will not be borne, and you will have to choose between reform and revolution. If I know the spirit of this country, the one or the other is inevitable." – Jefferson

"Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."

“Free men are not equal.  Equal men are not free.”

“Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.” - Balzac

“It is not the evil itself which is horrifying about our times -- it is the way we not only tolerate evil, but have made a cult of positively worshipping weakness, depravity, rottenness and evil itself.” - Rockwell

“The destiny of the human race is to widen the gap separating it from the lower races of animals. Any code of morality which retains its permanence and authority after the conditions of existence which gave rise to it have changed, works against this upward progress of man.” - Nietzsche

“Our situation is desperate, and we can afford no illusions, no retreat into a land of dreams. Now, more than ever, optimism is cowardice.” - Oliver

“Good intentions are impotent unless based on reality.” - Jensen

“Truth seldom is pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter.”

“Truth purchaseth hatred.” - Wilson

“A state of true and universal tolerance is best ensured by leaving alone the peculiarities of men and peoples.” - Wolfgang von Goethe

“That is the source of our ideological trouble today, the "liberal" idea that man can disobey natural law.” - Rockwell

What you have inherited from your forefathers, you must first win for yourself if you are to possess it.” - Goethe

“Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” - Nietzche

“There should only be charity when it does not increase the need for charity.” – Pendell

“If you take in a lie, you must take in all that belongs to it.” - Emerson

"The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance." – Paine

“Isn’t it about time we found Congress in contempt of The People?”

“When only cops have guns, it’s called a police state.”

“Four boxes keep us free: ballot, jury, soap and cartridge.”

“Washington is a joke.  Have you laughed lately?”

"The road does not have to have an end. It does however always have a running total."

“When the government fears the people; that's liberty. When the people fear the government; that's tyranny!”
"It is better to die on my feet than to continue living on my knees. " - Zapata
“Banning guns to reduce crime is like banning sex to reduce rape.”
“Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.”
“Enslavement is like old age, it creeps up on you.”
“Only Tyrants and Criminals need fear an armed citizen.”
"If someone comes to kill you, arise and kill him." - The Talmud
"One man with a gun can control 100 without one." - Lenin
“Guns don't kill people; massive tissue trauma does.”
"In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant." – de Gaulle
"For your own good is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction." - Frame
"Once you stop fearing government, the government fears you." - Graham
"Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers." - McLaughlin
"Work harder: millions on welfare are depending on you."
"If we all ignore the government, it'll go away."
"Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God." - Jefferson
"Freedom is the ability to say, I won't!"
"Don't drink to excess. You might shoot at tax collectors and miss." - Heinlein
"A well-educated electorate being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and read book s shall not be
infringed. Does that mean only well-educated people have a right to own and read books? Then how can this: A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed possibly mean only members of the militia have a right to own weapons?"
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can exist only until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a Democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed
through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to
abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependency back again into bondage." - Tyler
"The government is mainly an expensive organization to regulate evildoers and tax those who behave; government does little for fairly respectable people except annoy them." - Howe
"How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today?  I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it." - Thoreau
"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing." - Hitler

“It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satisfied; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” - C. S. Lewis
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." - Jefferson

"A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or
perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives." - Madison
"Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal." -  Reno

"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” - Mark Twain

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” - Abbey

“Frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or laziness on the part of a government.” - Rousseau

“Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.” - Valery

“Some would ask, how could a Perfect God create a universe filled with so much that is evil.  They have missed a greater conundrum: why would a perfect God create a universe at all?”

“I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights.” - Lincoln

“To spend too much time in studies is sloth; to use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgement wholly by their rules, is the humour of a scholar....Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested....Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man....Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtile; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend.” – Bacon

“He who cheats on an oath acknowledges that he is afraid of his enemy, and he thinks little of God.” - Plutarch

“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.” - Jefferson

“The true foundation of Republican government is the equal right of every citizen, in his person and property, and in their management.” – Jefferson

"Don't mistake activity for production." Effort and want are wasted if not focussed and disciplined." - Billick

"One definition of a police state is when government agents get to do things that send normal citizens to prison."

“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” - Glasgow

"There are three reasons you need guns - to defend yourself and your property from common criminals; to defend against foreign invasion; and to defend yourself from your government." - Edmonds
"Toleration is not the opposite of intolerance but the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms: the one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, the other of granting it." - Paine
"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." - Chomsky

You will find that the State is the kind of Organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly too." - Galbraith

"A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes, but to get into accord with them, for they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world." - Freud

"Somebody recently figured out that we have 35 million laws to enforce the Ten Commandments." - Masterson

"So long as they don't get violent, I want to let everyone say what they wish, for I myself have always said exactly what pleased me." -  Einstein

"The man who produces while others dispose of his product is a slave." - Rand

"Politicians never accuse you of 'greed' for wanting other people's money, only for wanting to keep your own money." – Sobran

“The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-by to the Bill of Rights.” – Mencken

"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods." – Mencken

"In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, 'Make us your slaves, but feed us.'" - Dosteovsky

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage." - Tyler

"The main plank in the National Socialist program is to abolish the liberalistic concept of the individual and the Marxist concept of humanity and to substitute for them the folk community, rooted in the soil and bound together by the bond of its common blood." -  Hitler

"Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all." – Khrushchev

"All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all." – Lenin

”We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society." - Clinton

"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans." – Clinton

"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." - Rand

“When will the world learn that a million men are of no importance compared with one man?” - Thoreau

"Do we really think that a government-dominated education is going to produce citizens capable of dominating their government, as the education of a truly vigilant self-governing people requires?" – Keyes

"If we love peace, why play at war? After all, the traditional spiritual urges us to 'study war no more' on the apparent assumption that this will lead to peace. It sounds reasonable. Yet if we say, 'We love health, so why study disease?' we begin to see a paradox. Anti-AIDS protestors call for more money to study AIDS, yet few anti-war protestors call for more money to study war. Perhaps they should." – Lt. Colonel Caffrey

“Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” - Joseph Stalin

"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism...A hyphenated American is not an American at all. Americanism is a matter of the spirit, and of the soul. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans...each preserving its separate nationality. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American." - Roosevelt

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” - Jefferson

"The 2nd amendment was never intended to allow private citizens to 'keep and bear arms.' If it had, there would have been wording such as 'the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'" – Konecki

“Every good communist should know that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” – Mao Tse Tung
“The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." – Chalmers

“Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.” - Emerson

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it." - Paine

"Let individuals contribute as they desire; but let us prohibit in effective fashion all corporations from making contributions for any
political purpose, directly or indirectly." - Roosevelt

"I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren't." - Whitehead

"History is the propaganda of the victors." – Toller

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” - Heinlein

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." – Franklin

“The true danger is when Liberty is nibbled away, for expedients.” – Burke

“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” –  Jefferson

“The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society.” – Skousen

"The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.” – Hay

"It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good." - Mead

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." - Reagan

“It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked through understanding.” – Gibran

“The possession of arms by the people is the ultimate warrant that government governs only with the consent of the governed.” - Snyder
“As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not itself worthy of trust. Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people.” - Snyder
“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” – Madison

"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." – Hamilton

“The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, short swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types of arms. The possession of unnecessary implements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues and tends to foment uprisings.” – Hideyoshi

"The bearing of arms is the essential medium through which the individual asserts both his social power and his participation in politics as a responsible moral being..." - Pocock
"As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives [only] moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.  Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion to your walks." – Jefferson

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them." – Joseph

“Militias, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves and include all men capable of bearing arms. [...] To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” – Lee

”A sword never kills anybody; it's a tool in the killer's hand.” - Seneca
“No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave.”
“The danger (where there is any) from armed citizens, is only to the *government*, not to *society*; and as long as they have nothing to revenge in the government (which they cannot have while it is in their own hands) there are many advantages in their being accustomed to the use of arms, and no possible disadvantage.” – Barlow

“The disarming of citizens has a double effect, it palsies the hand and brutalizes the mind: a habitual disuse of physical forces totally destroys the moral [force]; and men lose at once the power of protecting themselves, and of discerning the cause of their oppression.” -  Barlow

“The right to buy weapons is the right to be free.” – Vogt

“Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. [...] the right of the citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.”
- Humphrey, 1960
“No matter how one approaches the figures, one is forced to the rather startling conclusion that the use of firearms in crime was very much less when there were no controls of any sort and when anyone, convicted criminal or lunatic, could buy any type of firearm without restriction.  Half a century of strict controls on pistols has ended, perversely, with a far greater use of this weapon in crime than ever before.” – Greenwood

“In recent years it has been suggested that the Second Amendment protects the "collective" right of states to maintain militias, while it does not protect the right of "the people" to keep and bear arms. If anyone entertained this notion in the period during which the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were debated and ratified, it remains one of the most closely guarded secrets of the eighteenth century, for no known writing surviving from the period between 1787 and 1791 states such a thesis.” – Halbrook

“To make inexpensive guns impossible to get is to say that you're putting a money test on getting a gun. It's racism in its worst form.” - Innis
“I don't like the idea that the police department seems bent on keeping a pool of unarmed victims available for the predations of the criminal class.” – Mohler

“Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power.” – Ishikawa

“You know why there's a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.” – Limbaugh

“The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose.” - Jones
“Whether the authorities be invaders or merely local tyrants, the effect of such [gun control] laws is to place the individual at the mercy of the state, unable to resist.” - Heinlein
“Strict gun laws are about as effective as strict drug laws...It pains me to say this, but the NRA seems to be right: The cities and states that have the toughest gun laws have the most murder and mayhem.” – Royko

“According to the National Crime Survey administered by the Bureau of the Census and the National Institute of Justice, it was found that only 12 percent of those who use a gun to resist assault are injured, as are 17 percent of those who use a gun to resist robbery. These percentages are 27 and 25 percent, respectively, if they passively comply with the felon's demands. Three times as many were injured if they used other means of resistance.” – Kleck

“Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” - Miranda vs. Arizona, 384 US 436 p. 491
“The right of self-defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction." – Tucker

"A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie." - Lenin
"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of arms." - Aristotle
"It's better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it."

“In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou has attained it thou art a fool.” – Azzai

“Debt is the slavery of the free" – Syrus

“Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.” – Bacon

"Contrary to popular opinion, the Constitution was not - and is not - a grant of rights to the citizenry. Instead, the Constitution is a 'barbed-wire entanglement' designed to interfere with, restrict, and impede government officials in the exercise of political power." - Hornberger

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without a rebellion." - Jefferson

"In Germany, they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't in a union. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up." - Niemoller

“Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government.” – Kissinger

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the rights of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” - Madison

"I regard it as the foremost task of education to ensure survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity; an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial and above all, compassion."- Hahn

"A citizenry armed with both the right to possess firearms and to speak freely is less likely to fall victim to a tyrannical government than a citizenry that is disarmed from criticizing government or defending themselves." - Ashcroft

“Covetousness, anger and foolishness are things to sort out well.  When bad things happen in the world, if you look at them comparatively, they are not unrelated to these three things.  Looking comparatively at the good things, you will see that they are not excluded from wisdom, humanity and bravery.” – Tsunetomo

“Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily.  Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master.  And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead.” – Tsunetomo

"Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people." - Qubein

“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.” – Yutang

“Luck is opportunity met with preparation.”

"The triumph of persuasion over force is the sign of a civilized society." – Skousen

"My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life." - Iacocca

“It goes without saying that the more power a government assumes, the bigger it grows, and the bigger it grows, the more it costs. The more a government costs, the more it requires of its citizens, and the more it requires of its citizens, the more subjugated those citizens become. The more subjugated the citizens become, the more power a government assumes... You get the idea.” - Shelton 

“He that's secure is not safe.” - Franklin

“Necessity has no law.” - Franklin

"Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny, which gave rise to the second amendment, will ever be a major danger to our nation, the amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic military-civilian relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country." - Kennedy

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home." - Michener

“ No one is more hopelessly enslaved than the person who falsely believes he is free.” - Goethe

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” - Sowell
”The aggressor is always peace-loving; he would prefer to take over our country unopposed.” - Clausewitz

“Each of us acts only in anticipation of being better off afterwards as a result of our actions.”

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” - Jefferson

" I think you devise your own limits for your own personal convenience. There are some people who wish to have limits, and they'll invent as many boxes for themselves as they want. It's like, you know, men invented armor. They wanted to protect themselves from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and so forth. And people do the same things physically and psychologically. They build their own armor. They build their own rathole, whatever it is. And they choose their existence. Whether they do it consciously or whether it is helped along by a government or an education system, somebody is helping to shape this imaginary box you live in, but it doesn't have to be there." - Zappa

“A function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purposes when it induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger.” - Douglas, Terminiello v. Chicago

"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." - Jefferson

"Those who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it's not an individual right are courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don't like." – Dershowitz

"Ask a question and you're a fool for three minutes; do not ask a question and you're a fool for the rest of your life."     

"The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us noble and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false." - Johnson

"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever." - Napoleon

“Whenever a bill is found to be unconstitutional, every senator or representative who voted for the bill gets a strike against them.  When a total of three strikes is accumulated, that senator or representative is kicked out of office, immediately, no appeal.  The strike count is cumulative over a career.  This means that strikes accumulated while a representative, still count even if the person moves up to the senate, ... or even to the presidency.”  - Mark Wilson

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes." - Jefferson

“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.” - Mencken

"Little minds try to defend everything at once, but sensible people look at the main point only; they parry the worst blows and stand a little hurt if thereby they avoid a greater one."   - Frederick the Great

"Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver.  Situation excellent. I am attacking!" - Foch

"The State governments will, in all possible contingencies, afford complete security against invasions of the public liberty by the national authority." - Alexander Hamilton

"Love your country, but never trust its government."- Heinlein

"There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!" - Savio

“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.” - Heinlein 

"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none." - Jefferson

“No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words "no" and "not" employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights.” - Opitz

“The war for liberty never ends. One day liberty has to be defended against the power of wealth, on another day against the intrigues of politicians, on another against the dead hand of bureaucrats, on another against the patriot and the militarist, on another against the profiteer, and then against the hysteria and the passions of the mobs, against obscurantism and stupidity, against the criminal and against the over righteous. In this campaign every civilized man is enlisted till he dies, and he only has known the full joy of living who somewhere and at some time has struck a decisive blow for the freedom of the human spirit.” - Lippmann

"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." - Curran

“Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.” – Sallust

“The key to understanding the American system is to imagine that you have the power to make nearly any law you want. But your worst enemy will be the one to enforce it.” - Cook

“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what has worked with what sounded good. In area after area- crime, education, housing, race relations- the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them.” - Sowell

"A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them." - O'Rourke

"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators." - O'Rourke

"There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with other people's money. Well, who isn't? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he'll do good with his own money - if a gun is held to his head." - O'Rourke

"The second item in the liberal creed, after self-righteousness, is unaccountability. Liberals have invented whole college majors - psychology, sociology, women's studies - to prove that nothing is anybody's fault. No one is fond of taking responsibility for his actions, but consider how much you'd have to hate free will to come up with a political platform that advocates killing unborn babies but not convicted murderers. A callous pragmatist might favor abortion and capital punishment. A devout Christian would sanction neither. But it takes years of therapy to arrive at the liberal view." - O'Rourke

“They that are on their guard and appear ready to receive their adversaries, are in much less danger of being attacked than the supine, secure and negligent.” - Franklin

“A little government involvement is just as dangerous as a lot because the first leads inevitably to the second.” - Browne

"No human rights can exist without property rights. Since material goods are produced by the mind and effort of individual men, and are needed to sustain their lives, if the producer does not own the result of his effort, he does not own his life." - Rand

"War is delightful to those who have no experience of it." -Erasmus

“Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?  Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” - Harrington
”War is the health of the State.” – Bourne

“There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.” - Rand

“Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few.” - Franklin

“Choose loss, rather than shameful gains.”

“Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” - Reagan

“Free your heart from hatred, free you mind from worries, live simply, give more, expect less.”

“Hate is a negative emotion.”

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Franklin

“The Constitution is a written instrument. As such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.” - SC v. US, 199 U.S. 437, 448

"In the United States Senate, one of the things I observed in the early days - and it's still used - and that is that you take someone's argument and then you misrepresent it and misstate and disagree with it. And it's very effective. I've done it myself a number of times. But eventually, eventually people catch on." - Kennedy

"The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war."  - Harris

“Political freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow men.” - Friedman

" The philosophy of one generation of school children will be the philosophy of government in the next generation." - Lincoln

“He who is kind to the cruel is cruel to the kind.”

“After food, shelter, and safety, the greatest generator of happiness is human relations.” – Dixon

“Time conquers all and we must time obey.”

“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” - Paine

“They who have nothing to trouble them, will be troubled at nothing.” - Franklin

“What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love. Contact with this energy results in the exercise of a kind of balance in the chaos of existence. A saint does not dissolve the chaos; if he did the world would have changed long ago. I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order. It is a kind of balance that is his glory.  Something in him so loves the world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance. Far from flying with the angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape. His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world. He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart. It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love.” – Cohen

“He does not possess wealth that allows it to possess him.” - Franklin

“There was never a good war, or a bad peace.” - Franklin

"The way is void" –Musashi

“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” – Patton

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell

"No on should pass an American in uniform without saying “Thank you, we are grateful.” 

Always mindful that they are prepared to risk all their dreams so that all of us can reach ours.” 
- Cohen 

“Wealth is not his who has it but his who enjoys it.” - Franklin

"Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning." - Colonel Shoup

“The fact that slaughter is a horrifying spectacle must make us take war more seriously, but it does not provide an excuse for gradually blunting our swords in the name of humanity.  Sooner or later someone will come along with a sharp sword and hack off our arms.” - Clausewitz
”Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” - Sowell

"Debt is the slavery of the free" - Syrus

“The excrement of the city is the law of the world.” - St. Jerome

"If goods don’t cross borders, then armies will.” - Bastiat

“Although war is evil, it is occasionally the lesser of two evils.” – Bundy

“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.”- Kennedy

“Preparation for war is a constant stimulus to suspicion and ill will.” – Monroe

“True humility consists of recognizing the truth about yourself.”- Card

“Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort.” – Epictetus.

“ Adventure is a commitment made by the entire being, and can search our depths to bring out the best, most human qualities which remain in us.  When the pack of cards has not been rigged so we win every time, then the game is real, and we find surprise, imagination, enthusiasm to succeed and the possibility of failure.” – Bonatti

“Of all criminals, the worst are those who see beauty only as an opportunity for destruction.” – Card

“Neither seek nor shun the fight.”

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

“Love designates a subjective condition in which the welfare and happiness of another person are essential to one’s own happiness.” – Heinlein

“It’s good for every human being to have an unfulfilled wish.  It makes life so much more meaningful.” – Card

“Our freedoms are being whittled away, and Joe Citizen better wake up.” – Atwater

“What a man believes may be ascertained not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts.” – Anthony

“Time conquers all and we must time obey.”

“Equal in law is not equal in nature.” – Card

“Forewarned is forearmed.”

“Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily.  All other “sins” are invented nonsense.  Hurting yourself is not sinful, just stupid.”- Heinlein

“The soul of the journey is liberty.”

“It’s not the meek who shall inherit the earth, but rather the well-disciplined pleasure-seekers who have balanced the masculine and feminine sides of their own nature and mastered the fine arts of working at their play and playing at their work.” – Brezsny

“In the light, where can shadows hide?” – Card

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson

“Repressed anger seeks outlets.” – Reed

"A people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives." – Madison

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities and the smallest minority on earth is the individual.” - Rand
”The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.” - Sowell

“The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.” - Spencer

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.  Then the victory is yours.  It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” – Buddha

"For formerly, when our people were fed out of the common store and labored jointly in the manuring of the ground and planting corn, glad was the man that could slip from his labor. Nay, the most honest of them in a general business would not take so much faithful and true pains in a week as now he will do in a day." - Hamor

“Withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy.”

“Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.”

“If our society seems more nihilistic than that of previous eras, perhaps this is simply a sign of our maturity as a sentient species. As our collective consciousness expands beyond a crucial point, we are at last ready to accept life's fundamental truth: that life's only purpose is life itself.”

“Without sensibility no object would be given to us, without understanding no object would be thought. Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.” - Kant 

“Some vices miss what is right because they are deficient, others because they are excessive, in feelings or in actions, while virtue finds and chooses the mean.” - Aristotle 

“Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman--a rope over an abyss. A dangerous across, a dangerous on-the-way, a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous shuddering and stopping. What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end: what can be loved in man is that he is an overture and a going under. I love those who do not know how to live, for they are those who cross over.” - Nietzsche
“Information, the first principle of warfare, must form the foundation of all your efforts. Know, of course, thine enemy. But in knowing him do not forget above all to know thyself. The commander who embraces this totality of battle shall win even with the inferior force.”

“Human behavior is economic behavior. The particulars may vary, but competition for limited resources remains a constant.”

“Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.”

“Children not only shape our future; they determine in many ways our present. Men and women work harder knowing their children are safe and close at hand. And never forget that, with children present, parents will defend their home to the death.”

“America needs fewer laws, not more prisons.” – Bovard

“War is just one more big government program.” – Sobran

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

"The First Amendment has erected a wall of separation between church and state, but that wall is a one directional wall; it keeps the government from running the church, but it makes sure Christian principles will always stay in government." - Jefferson

"In the beginning of change, the patriot is a scarce man; brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot" - Twain

To say that a bad government must be established for fear of anarchy is really saying that we should kill ourselves for fear of dying. –Lee

Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure. – LeFevre

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. – Madison

The word "Democracy" cannot be found in the American Declaration of Independence, or the Constitution, or in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, or the Constitutions of any of the States.

Unless a good deed is voluntary, it has no moral significance. – Martin

I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone. –Mencken

The true remedy for most evils is none other than liberty, unlimited and complete liberty, liberty in every field of human endeavor. – Molinari

It is a reality attested by all history that if a republic assumes imperial functions it will not remain a republic. – Morley

It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government. – Paine

A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state. – Paterson

It is not the business of the law to make anyone good or reverent or moral or clean or upright. –Rothbard

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country –Russell

The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave. –Tocqueville

The state is essentially an apparatus of compulsion and coercion. The characteristic feature of its activities is to compel people through the application or the threat of force to behave otherwise than they would like to behave. –Mises

It is easy to be conspicuously "compassionate" if others are being forced to pay the cost. – Rothbard

When the people have no tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one. – Lytton

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. – Madison

It stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there's someone being served.  The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master. – Rand

The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic. – Mencken

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul. – Shaw

America needs fewer laws, not more prisons. –Bovard

War is just one more big government program. –Sobran

"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation. We must take steps to insure our domestic security and protect our homeland." – Hitler

If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all. – Hornberger

The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates. – Tacitus

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. –Washington

"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. - Liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition - The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. - Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Action

“The freedom to own and carry the weapon of your choice is a natural, fundamental, and inalienable human, individual, civil, and Constitutional right — subject neither to the democratic process nor to arguments grounded in social utility.” — Smith

"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country." – Goering

"The person who gives up his individual self and becomes an automaton, identical with millions of other automatons around him, need not feel alone and anxious any more. But the price he pays, however, is high; it is the loss of his self." - Fromm

“The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.” - Adams

“The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.” – Agar

“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.” – Anderson

“A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider godfearing and pious.” – Aristotle

As of Monday, November 13, 2006       

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