The Painful Truth of It

Some day, you'll appreciate this opportunity to quit filling your head with nonsense.

Great Quotes…

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“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” — Benjamin Franklin

“Cowardice asks the question ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question ‘Is it politic?’ But conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but because conscience tells one it is right.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.” – James Madison

“If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past”. — George Orwell.

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” — Benjamin Franklin

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

“We must execute not only the guilty. Execution of the innocent will impress the masses even more.” – Nikolai Krylenko, Bolshevik Justice Commissar

“When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice — you may know that your society is doomed.” — Ayn Rand

“In marriage we ought to observe … there is something peculiarly distinguished, dignified, and solemn in marriage among men. This distinction is necessary and founded in reason and nature … [M]an is manifestly superior in dignity to the other animals, and it was intended that all his enjoyments, and even his indulgence of instinctive propensities [sex] should be of a more exalted and rational kind than theirs. Therefore the propensity of the sexes to one another, is not only reined in by modesty, but is so ordered as to require that reason and friendship, and some of the noblest affections, should have place. The particulars which reason and nature point out relating to the marriage contract are …
“1. That it be between one man and one woman…
“2. The fundamental and essential part of the contract is fidelity and chastity…
“3. The contract should be for life …
“4. If superiority and authority be given to the man, it should be used with so much gentleness and love as to make it a state of as great equality as possible…”
— John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence

“How might our founders have commented about [the] U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding our rights to keep and bear arms? Justice Samuel Alito, in writing the majority opinion, said, ‘Individual self-defense is the central component of the Second Amendment.’ The founders would have responded ‘Balderdash!’ Jefferson said, ‘What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.’ George Mason explained, ‘(T)o disarm the people (is) the best and most effectual way to enslave them.’ Noah Webster elaborated: ‘Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed. … 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 that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.’ Contrary to Alito’s assertion, the central component of the Second Amendment is to protect ourselves from U.S. Congress, not street thugs.” — Walter Williams

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” — Ronald Reagan

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

“Fear is the foundation of most governments.” –John Adams

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

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” — John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

“I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.” — Thomas Jefferson

“[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” — James Madison

“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” — C.S. Lewis

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

“There is good news from Washington today. The Congress is deadlocked and can’t act.” — Will Rogers

“There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief.” — Edmund Burke

“Every measure which establishes legal charity on a permanent basis and gives to it an administrative form creates thereby a class unproductive and idle, living at the expense of the class which is industrious and given to work.” — Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

“The world ain’t going to be saved by nobody’s scheme. It’s fellows with schemes that got us into this mess. Plans can get you into things, but you got to work your way out.” –Will Rogers

“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” –Benjamin Franklin

“[G]reat innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” Leviticus 19:15 (NIV)

“The main vice of capitalism is the uneven distribution of prosperity. The main vice of socialism is the even distribution of misery.” — Winston Churchill

“The law is not some brooding omnipresence in the sky. It is a set of explicit rules by which human beings structure their lives and their relationships with one another.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

“There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.” — Richard Feynman, American physicist and Nobel laureate (1918-1988)

“When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.” –Chinese writer Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

“The American people, the most generous on earth, who created the highest standard of living, are not going to accept the notion that we can only make a better world for others by moving backwards ourselves. Those who believe we can have no business leading the nation. I will not stand by and watch this great country destroy itself under mediocre leadership that drifts from one crisis to the next, eroding our national will and purpose. We have come together here because the American people deserve better from those to whom they entrust our nation’s highest offices, and we stand united in our resolve to do something about it.” — Ronald Reagan

“Avarice, ambition would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams

“The essential characteristic of the Argument from Intimidation is its appeal to moral self-doubt and its reliance on the fear, guilt or ignorance of the victim. It is used in the form of an ultimatum demanding that the victim renounce a given idea without discussion, under threat of being considered morally unworthy. The pattern is always: ‘Only those who are evil (dishonest, heartless, insensitive, ignorant, etc.) can hold such an idea.’” –Ayn Rand

“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.” — Thomas Jefferson

“There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go, if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.” — Ronald Reagan

“A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves against those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“You cannot reason a man out of a position he has not reasoned himself into.” — Benjamin Franklin

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” — Winston Churchill

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.” — Anonymous

“If I were going there, I wouldn’t start from here.” — Anonymous Irishman to a traveler asking for directions

“The secret to happiness is freedom, and the secret to freedom is courage.” — Thucydides

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” — Samuel Adams

“Can you then consent to be the only sufferers by this revolution, and retiring from the field, grow old in poverty, wretchedness and contempt? Can you consent to wade through the vile mire of dependency, and owe the miserable remnant of that life to charity, which has hitherto been spent in honor? If you can — GO — and carry with you the jest of Tories and scorn of Whigs — the ridicule, and what is worse, the pity of the world. Go, starve, and be forgotten!” — George Washington

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” — Alexander Hamilton

“A people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. … What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual & surest support?” — James Madison

“Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. … If a nation expects to be ignorant — and free — in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson

“When I speak I put on a mask. When I act, I am forced to take it off.” — Helvetius

“A constitution is not a thing in name only, but in fact. It has not an ideal, but a real existence; and wherever it cannot be produced in a visible form, there is none. A constitution is a thing antecedent to a government, and a government is only the creature of a constitution. The constitution of a country is not the act of its government, but of the people constituting its government. It is the body of elements, to which you can refer, and quote article by article; and which contains the principles on which the government shall be established, the manner in which it shall be organised, the powers it shall have, the mode of elections, the duration of Parliaments, or by what other name such bodies may be called; the powers which the executive part of the government shall have; and in fine, everything that relates to the complete organisation of a civil government, and the principles on which it shall act, and by which it shall be bound. A constitution, therefore, is to a government what the laws made afterwards by that government are to a court of judicature. The court of judicature does not make the laws, neither can it alter them; it only acts in conformity to the laws made: and the government is in like manner governed by the constitution.” — Thomas Paine, “The Rights of Man” (1789)

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” — James Madison (1792), objecting to a congressional appropriation of $15,000 to assist French refugees

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” — Thomas Paine

“The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.” –Thomas Jefferson

“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” — Ayn Rand

“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts.” — Patrick Henry

“The state tends to expand in proportion to its means of existence and to live beyond its means, and these are, in the last analysis, nothing but the substance of the people. Woe to the people that cannot limit the sphere of action of the state! Freedom, private enterprise, wealth, happiness, independence, personal dignity, all vanish.” — Frederic Bastiat (French economist, 1801-1850)

“Among the many infirmities of age is omniscience.” — Thomas Sowell

“No statement is more unnecessary than the statement that the government should ‘do something’ about some issue. Politicians are going to ‘do something’ whether or not something needs to be done, and regardless of whether what they do makes matters better or worse. All their incentives are to keep themselves in the public eye.” — Thomas Sowell

“There is no point dwelling on all the foolish mistakes we have made in our lives. For one thing, it can be very time-consuming. ” — Thomas Sowell

“What is most frightening about the political left is that they seem to have no sense of the tragedy of the human condition. All problems seem to them to be due to other people not being as wise or as noble as they are.” — Thomas Sowell

“I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” — Thomas Jefferson

“[W]e ought to deprecate the hazard attending ardent and susceptible minds, from being too strongly, and too early prepossessed in favor of other political systems, before they are capable of appreciating their own.” — George Washington

“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false front for the urge to rule it.” — H.L. Mencken

“I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.” — H. L. Mencken

“Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.” — H. L. Mencken

“There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus and upset the convictions and debauch the emotions of an audience not practiced in the tricks and delusions of oratory.” — Mark Twain

“Oliver Wendell Holmes said, ‘Think things, not words.’ In words, many see a need for ‘social justice’ to override ‘the dictates of the market.’ In reality, what is called ‘the market’ consists of human beings making their own choices at their own cost. What is called ‘social justice’ is government imposition of the notions of third parties, who pay no price for being wrong.” — Thomas Sowell

“In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they have brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? – The cuckoo clock!” — Orson Welles, playing the character “Harry Lime,” in the 1949 movie classic “The Third Man,” written by Graham Greene and Orson Welles

“A despotism may almost be defined as a tired democracy. As fatigue falls on a community, the citizens are less inclined for that eternal vigilance which has truly been called the price of liberty; and they prefer to arm only one single sentinel to watch the city while they sleep.” — GK Chesterton

“It is obvious what the fraudulent issue of fascism versus communism accomplishes: it sets up, as opposites, two variants of the same political system; it eliminates the possibility of considering capitalism; it switches the choice of ‘Freedom or dictatorship?’ into ‘Which kind of dictatorship?’ — thus establishing dictatorship as an inevitable fact and offering only a choice of rulers. The choice — according to the proponents of that fraud — is: a dictatorship of the rich (fascism) or a dictatorship of the poor (communism). That fraud collapsed in the 1940’s, in the aftermath of World War II. It is too obvious, too easily demonstrable that fascism and communism are not two opposites, but two rival gangs fighting over the same territory — that both are variants of statism, based on the collectivist principle that man is the rightless slave of the state — that both are socialistic, in theory, in practice, and in the explicit statements of their leaders — that under both systems, the poor are enslaved and the rich are expropriated in favor of a ruling clique — that fascism is not the product of the political ‘right,’ but of the ‘left’ — that the basic issue is not ‘rich versus poor,’ but man versus the state, or: individual rights versus totalitarian government — which means: capitalism versus socialism.” — Ayn Rand

“The United States is organized on the principle of the consent of the governed. Power and legitimacy do not flow from the state to the people, but the other way around. In this respect, what individuals do is entirely their own business, just so long as they do not violate the law or the sovereignty of other citizens. Generating wealth is therefore no different from any other private human activity; it is and should remain private, outside the reach of government, until the point at which it impinges on others.” — Francis Cianfrocca

“The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.” — Plutarch

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” — Albert Einstein

“Vote: The instrument and symbol of a free man’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.” — Ambrose Bierce

“I guess truth can hurt you worse in an election than about anything that can happen to you.” — Will Rogers

“Because half-a-dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that of course they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little shrivelled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome insects of the hour.” — Edmund Burke, commenting on the French Revolution

“Politicians are worse than thieves. At least when thieves take your money, they don’t expect you to thank them for it.” — Walter Williams (economist, professor and columnist)

“No feminist whose concern for women stems from a concern for justice in general can ever legitimately allow her only interest to be the advantage of women.” — Janet Radcliffe Richards (British feminist philosopher)

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” — H.L. Mencken

“There is absolutely no moral case, much less a constitutional case, for Congress forcibly using one American to serve the purposes of another American, a practice that differs only in degree from slavery, which we all should find morally offensive.” — Walter Williams, (African-American) economist

On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.” — Thomas Jefferson (letter to William Johnson, 1823)

“Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace.” — Thomas Jefferson

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, is like administering medicine to the dead.” — Thomas Paine

“Boy, when those liberals start mixing into policy, it’s murder.” — John F. Kennedy (Newsweek Magazine, 1962)

“Even the worst martini is better than no martini at all.” — Werner Dannhauser

“I look upon an increase of the power of the state with the greatest fear, because although while apparently doing good by minimizing exploitation, it does the greatest harm to mankind by destroying individuality, which lies at the root of all progress. We know of so many cases where [individual] men have adopted trusteeship [charity], but none where the State has really lived for the poor.” — Mohandas (“Mahatma”) Gandhi

“[The] left became so ideologically attached to anti-Americanism and pro-communism and Third Worldism that I believe we have a problem on our hands” — Eldridge Cleaver, founder of the Black Panthers

“Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Personally, I have never understood liberalism’s blind spot for liberty when it comes to taxation. A 24-hour waiting period before a teenager can have an abortion is an allegedly grotesque violation of individual freedom, but a federal government that takes vast amounts of your money — the means by which you exercise your every freedom — to distribute as it sees fit is “progressive”?” — Jonah Goldberg

“Liberals are ruled by their driving obsession: Life is unfair, inequality must be corrected, the government must step in and do something right away. Basically, the liberal mind is possessed by a revolutionary spirit. They think of government as teleocratic. It aims to bring about particular ends. It turns laws into missions. To conservatives (exemplified by the Founding Fathers) government is nomocratic, or rule-based. It no more seeks a particular outcome than the rules of baseball decree that either side shall win. Since the liberal goal — eliminating inequality — is an unattainable fantasy, life will always be unsatisfactory for liberals.” — Tom Bethell

“There is, a thought that stops thought. That is the only thought that ought to be stopped.” — G.K. Chesterton

“Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. … Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame and danger that their acts would otherwise involve. But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn’t belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another… Then abolish that law without delay; No legal plunder; this is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony and logic.” — Frederic Bastiat

“The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.” — Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (a/k/a Lenin)

“Money is time made tangible — the time invested in the earning of it. Taxation is the confiscation of the earner’s time. Although some taxation is necessary, all taxation diminishes freedom.” — George Will

“That government is best which governs least.” — Henry David Thoreau

“The trouble with socialism is socialism. The trouble with capitalism is capitalists.” Willi Schlamm, Austrian analyst

“Ironically, in our highly driven culture, it would appear the only people not interested in pushing the envelope are postal employees.” — Dennis Miller

“A certain section of medical opinion, in late years, has succumbed to the messianic delusion. Its spokesmen are not content to deal with the patients who come to them for advice; they conceive it to be their duty to force their advice upon everyone, including especially those who don’t want it. That duty is purely imaginary. It is born of vanity, not of public spirit. The impulse behind it is not altruism, but a mere yearning to run things.” — H.L. Mencken

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein

“The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.” — Edmund Burke

“Simply put, semantic infiltration is the process whereby we come to adopt the language of our adversaries in describing political reality. The most brutal totalitarian regimes in the world call themselves ‘liberation movements.’ It is perfectly predictable that they should misuse words to conceal their real nature. But must we aid them in that effort by repeating those words? Worse, do we begin to influence our own perceptions by using them?” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan

“The Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals … it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government … it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen’s protection against the government.” — Ayn Rand

“Over himself and over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.” — John Stuart Mill (in “On Liberty”)

“The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause.” – Eric Hoffer

“Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from the threat of force!” — Barbie in the film “Toy Story 3”

“[T]oday, as has been the case for 100 years, and as will be the case for the foreseeable future, the American political argument is an argument between two Princetonians: James Madison of the class of 1771, and Thomas Woodrow Wilson of the class of 1879. I firmly believe that the most important decision taken anywhere in the 20th century was the decision where to locate the Princeton graduate college. Woodrow Wilson, then Princeton’s president, wanted it located on the campus, others wanted it located, where it in fact is, up on the golf course away from campus. When Wilson lost that, he had one of his characteristic tantrums, went into politics, and ruined the 20th century.” – George Will

‎”Evils which are patiently endured when they seem inevitable become intolerable when once the idea of escape from them is suggested.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

“Nature gives you the face you have at 20. But at 50, you get the face you deserve.” — Coco Chanel

“Being President of the United States is not an episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, where subtle commentary and snarky remarks produce results. It’s more like an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger, where there are good guys and bad guys, and the bad guys need a roundhouse kick to the face. But President Obama is busy watching Bravo.” – Carol Taber

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.” — Winston Churchill

“Those who have been intoxicated with power … can never willingly abandon it.” — Edmund Burke

“Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” — Will Rogers

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” — George Washington

“We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Feminism, Socialism, and Communism are one in [sic] the same, and Socialist/Communist government is the goal of feminism.” — Catherine McKinnon, feminist

“No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.” — Alan Bullock

“It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” — Noel Coward

“Conservatives were brought up to hate deficits, and justifiably so. We’ve long thought there are two things in Washington that are unbalanced — the budget and the liberals.” — Ronald Reagan

“Who knew that the American public would get accused of bigotry more often after electing an African-American president than before?” — Rich Lowry

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. 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 satiated; 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

“One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

“The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.” — Leo Tolstoy

“What the American people want is to be left alone.” — Will Rogers

“I never met a communist who treated his maid well.” – Will Rogers

“The … inescapable truth is government does not have all the answers. In too many instances, government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.” — Ronald Reagan

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” — Milton Friedman

“Eloquence may exist without a proportionate degree of wisdom.” — Edmund Burke

“I don’t think it’s the nature of any man to be monogamous. Men are propelled by genetically ordained impulses over which they have no control to distribute their seed.” — Marlon Brando

“The constitutionality and propriety of the Federal Government assuming to enter into a novel and vast field of legislation, namely, that of providing for the care and support of all those … who by any form of calamity become fit objects of public philanthropy. … I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States. To do so would, in my judgment, be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” — President Franklin Pierce

“The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas. Not, indeed, immediately, but after a certain interval … Soon or late, it is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.” – John Maynard Keynes

“It is easier to be brilliant than right.” – Ed Bottum

“I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.” – Isaac Newton

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” – Max Planck

“A period of transition is a period between two periods of transition.” – Jacob Viner

“The strength or weakness of a society depends more on the level of its spiritual life than on its level of industrialization. Neither a market economy nor even general abundance constitutes the crowning achievement of human life. If a nation’s spiritual energies have been exhausted, it will not be saved from collapse by the most perfect government structure or by any industrial development. A tree with a rotten core cannot stand.” — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“It is as much the duty of the House of Representatives, of the Senate, and of the President to decide upon the constitutionality of any bill or resolution which may be presented to them for passage or approval as it is of the supreme judges when it may be brought before them for judicial decision.” – Andrew Jackson

“What convinces is conviction. Believe in the argument you’re advancing. If you don’t you’re as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn’t there, and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brillant, will win your case for you.– Lyndon Johnson

“Politicians never accuse you of ‘greed’ for wanting other people’s money — only for wanting to keep your own money.” — Joe Sobran

“I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit.” — Grover Cleveland

“Things in our country run in spite of the government, not by the aid of it.” — Will Rogers

“In America, the young are always ready to give those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.” — Oscar Wilde

“Our liberty and our equality demand that we hold one another to common standards and that we reject all hierarchy based on heredity—even the hierarchy that comes about when we grant present privileges to make up for past privileges denied.” – Peter Wood (Anthropology professor and author of Diversity – The Invention of a Concept)

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.” – Muhammad Ali

“I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on. ” – Muhammad Ali

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize. ” – Muhammad Ali

“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” – Muhammad Ali

“It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people …” – Muhammad Ali

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire

“If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.” — Jay Leno

“There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost. Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m sure going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get. And that’s government.” – Milton Friedman

“[D]iscrimination is legal unless it is — as the courts have said for many years — invidious. In the 1984 case of McLaughlin v. Florida, the Supreme Court said that invidious discrimination is a classification which is arbitrary, irrational, and not reasonably related to a legitimate purpose. [¶] The facts of Islamic terrorism demonstrate that additional screening for Muslim men in that age group is supported objectively and rationally and is related to the legitimate purpose of preventing terrorist attacks. It may be discrimination, but it is both legal and necessary. And it should be done, comprehensively, throughout our air travel system.” — Jed Babbin

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” — John Maynard Keynes

“If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.” — Benjamin Netanyahu

“Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.” — Jacques Barzun

“How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.” — Adolf Hitler

“Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that ‘violence never solves anything,’ I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.” – Robert Heinlein, in Starship Troopers

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as ‘bad luck.’” – Robert Heinlein

“He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave.” — Andrew Carnegie

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.” – Benjamin Franklin

“No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.” — Lily Tomlin

“Some people use the excuse of colonialism to explain Third World poverty, but that’s nonsense. Some the world’s richest countries are former colonies: United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Some of the world’s poorest countries were never colonies, at least for not long, such as Ethiopia, Liberia, Tibet and Nepal. Pointing to the U.S., some say that it’s bountiful natural resources that explain wealth. Again nonsense. The two natural resources richest continents, Africa and South America, are home to the world’s most miserably poor. Hong Kong, Great Britain and Japan, poor in natural resources, are among the world’s richest nations.” – Walter Williams

“If liberals were merely stupid, the laws of probability would dictate that at least some of their decisions would serve America’s interests.” – Joseph McCarthy

“Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child.” — Ecclesiastes 10:16

“One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians.” — William F. Buckley

“Your attitude about who you are and what you have is a very little thing that makes a very big difference.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.” — George Washington

“The America Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” — Ben Franklin

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” — John Stuart Mill

“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.” — Gen William T. Sherman

“History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly, it is not a sufficient condition.” — Milton Friedman

“The legislative cannot transfer the power of making laws to any other hands. … The power of the legislative, being derived from the people … (is) only to make laws, and not to make legislators.” — John Locke

“The permanent misfits can find salvation only in a complete separation from the self; and they usually find it by losing themselves in the compact collectivity of a mass movement. By renouncing individual will, judgment and ambition, and dedicating all their powers to the service of an eternal cause, they are at last lifted off the endless treadmill which can never lead them to fulfillment.” — Eric Hoffer, True Believer

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