"Always be suspicious of those who pretend to know it all, claim their way is the best way and are willing to force their way on the rest of us."
Walter Williams, Economist
"Physical courage is easy. Moral courage is a tough one, I'll tell you. You must really stay when you figure you are losing; and get up off your face and make a counterattack when things seem to be all going against you."
Brig. Gen. James Gavin, Asst. Div. Cdr, 82nd Airborne Div., D-Day, Utah Beach Normandy, 1944.
(Utah Beach, by Joseph Balkoski, p. 319)
"They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin, American Statesman
"Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else".
Chuck Noll, football coach
"One of the many disservices done to young people by our schools and colleges is giving them the puffed up notion that they are in a position to pass sweeping judgments on a world that they have barely begun to experience."
Thomas Sowell, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, in an editorial dated August 16, 2010.
"... the British parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them;..."
"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."
"Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly."
"The doors of wisdom are never shut."
"The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy."
Robert E. Lee
"Double, no triple, our troubles and we'd still be better off than any other people on earth. It is time that we recognized that ours was, in truth, a noble cause."
"Modesty forbids what the law does not."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"Even peace may be purchased at too high a price."
(Do you think Harry Ried and Nancy Pelosi have heard this statement?)
"People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous."
"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people."
"Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."
"Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing."
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. ..."
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
"To a Christian, Easter Sunday means everything, when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
Bernhard Langer, professional golfer
"Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide."
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
"Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."
"How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!"
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
Gen. George S. Patton
"Patience and perseverance have a magical affect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
John Quincy Adams
"We forbid any course that says we restrict free speech!"
Dr. Kathleen Dixon of Bowling Green University commenting on the resignation of another professor, who wanted to teach a course in how liberalism has led to political correctness. (from Page-A-Day calender)
"A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone."
Rev. Billy Graham
"With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."
"There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 percent Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else."
"Don't be afraid to see what you see."
"No human should be coerced by the state to bear the medical expense, or any other expense, for his fellow man. In other words, the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another is morally offensive."
Walter E. Williams
"Our Constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule"
Gerald Ford, upon succeeding Nixon as president.
"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment's would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."
"The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves teh love and thanks of man and woman".
Thomas Paine (from The American Crisis)
"I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses."
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
James Ch. 3 v. 8
"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood."
"Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country. "
"I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and 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."
Pres. Grover Cleveland, upon vetoing a bill for relief charity
"Inside of many liberals is a fascist struggling to get out."
"Why do they have a problem? They perform abortions, murder babies all the time."
NC Death row inmate on the state medical board's decision declaring that any physician participating in an execution is violating medical ethics.
"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. "
"I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible."
"Happiness and Prosperity are now within our Reach; but to attain and preserve them must depend upon our own Wisdom and Virtue."
"Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong."
"Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer."
"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."
- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
"I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"The tree of liberty only grows when watered by the blood of tyrants."
"You're not always going to be at your best, but it better be the best you've got that day."
Jim Leyland, MLB Manager
"I'm worried that too many people, both in politics and out, don't appreciate the seriousness of the threat to American security and the evil of the enemy that faces us -more evil or as evil as Nazism and probably more dangerous than the Soviet communists we fought during the long Cold War."
Sen. Joseph Lieberman
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
Thomas Paine, American Statesman
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
"It is a strange thing that, while all would live long, none would be old."
"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: It's just that they know so much that isn't so."
"The people never give up their liberties except under some delusion."
Edmund Burke, 18th Century British Statesman
"[We seek] a constitutional amendment to permit voluntary school prayer. God should never have been expelled from America's classrooms in the first place."
"One man with courage makes a majority."
Pres. Andrew Jackson, 7th US President
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
"For all its faults, it is partisanship - based on core principles- that clarifies our debates, that prevents one party from straying too far from the mainstream and that constantly refreshes our politics with new ideas and new leaders."
"If you can't say yes, it's no. Don't sugarcoat it. Don't talk yourself into yes just to seem like a nice guy. No one ever went broke because he or she said "NO" too often."
"That 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."
John Stuart Mill, from "On Liberty"
"The Constitution does not say the government shall decree the right to bear arms. The Constitution says 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'"
Pres. Ronald Reagan, 40th US President
"Let us remember that if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it."
Samuel Adams, American Statesman
"Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity; ... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind."
Leonardo da Vinci
"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."
Henry Ford, Automotive Industrialist
"It is not who is right ,but what is right that is of importance."
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up."
Vincent T. Lombardi, NFL Coach
"In order to succeed we must first believe that we can."
"Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on your front door forever."
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery."
"Never miss a good chance to shut up."
"The Spartans do not enquire how many the enemy are, but where they are."
Agis II, 427 B.C.
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."
Tommy Lasorda, MLB Manager
"Success is peace of mind in knowing you did your best."
John Wooden, College Basketball Coach
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is
always followed by a dictatorship."
Alexander Tyler, Scottish Professor
"When you're a winner, you come back no matter what happened the day before."
Billy Martin, MLB Manager
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains it's original shape."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
"People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well."
Joe Gibbs, NFL Coach
"Never miss a good chance to shut up."
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards."
"The biggest difference between people is between those who are trying to do the right thing - whether or not they succeed - and those for whom the only question is how much they can get away with."
Thomas Sowell, Economist & Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
"France has never gotten over the fact that it was once a great power and is now just a great nuisance."
"If we were directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should all want bread."
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President
"How much more of an injustice is it that people who work get more money than people who don't work?"
"Genuine peace must be based on truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The absence of war was not in itself peace."
Pedro Padilla Tonos, Dominican Republic
"It is better to have no ideas than false ones."
"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
Thomas Paine, from The American Crisis
"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange, indeed, it so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated."
Thomas Paine, from the American Crisis
"Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies."
"The great object is, that every man be armed... Every one who is able may have a gun."
Patrick Henry, Virginia Convention on the Constitution
"I don't do a lot of political jokes. Too many are getting elected."
Bob Hope, Laughing with the Presidents (1996)
1903-2003 Thanks for the Memories!
"It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God, it shall be my dying sentiment, -Independence now, and Independence forever!
"That which is everybody's business is nobody's business."
"When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property."
"Young men think old men fools, and old men know young men to be so."
"If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there."
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?"
Patrick Henry, 1775
"If you step out of a tenth story window you do not break the law of gravity, you confirm it."
Zig Ziglar, Humorist and Motivational Speaker
"Tis more brave to live than to die."
"When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm."
from an email message
"Bureaucracy is adept at protecting its nest."
Ronald Reagan, 1976
"There is always a best way of doing things (even) if it be boil an egg."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Giving leaders enough power to create "social justice" is giving them enough power to destroy all justice, all freedom, and all human dignity."
"A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterward. More than that no man is entitled to , and less than that no man shall have."
Teddy Roosevelt, 1903
"As a rule of thumb. Congressional legislation that is bipartisan is usually twice as bad as legislation that is partisan."
"A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well."
"Our leisure, even our play, is a matter of serious concern. There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan."
C. S. Lewis
"As a black man, I am offended when white people take the likes of Al Sharpton seriously- or pretend to.
"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil,
but because of the people who do nothing about them".
"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."
"Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side. "
"The trouble with political jokes is that very often they get elected."
"Failure is only opportunity to more intelligently begin again."
"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
"When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this county of ours and eternal optimism for its future."
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."
"Courage is not the lack of fear, but the ability to face fear and overcome it."
"Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of government. "
Pierre Joseph Proudhon
"I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."
"Thomas Jefferson once said, “We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.” And ever since he told me that I stopped worrying."
"To exist is to adapt, and if one could not adapt, one died and made room for those who could."
Louis L'Amour, Author
"It's never too late to be what you might have been."
George Eliot, writer
"I do not believe you can do today's job with yesterday's methods and be in business tomorrow"
Nelson Jackson, Businessman
"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15."
"It was the basic principle of the tyrant to unarm his people of weapons, money, and all means whereby they resist his power."
Sir Walter Raleigh
"Don't worry about what you can't do; focus instead on what you can do... and then do it."
Rev. Billy Graham
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
"Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you."
"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."
"In the beginning we make our habits; in the end our habits make us."
"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."
"I haven't failed. I've found 10,000 ways that won't work."
"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened."
Rev. Billy Graham
"Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good."
Daniel P. Moynihan
"New opinions are always suspect, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common."
"If I had some idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?"
"I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and the noblest driving force behind scientific research."
(Wouldn't it be nice if today's "learned" men would follow this advice?)
The reason congressmen try so hard to get re-elected is that they would hate to have to make a living under the laws they've passed."
"Let us be thankful for fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed."
"When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned."
"I made one great mistake in my life—when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made ... but there was some justification—the danger that the Germans would make them."
"...break up your fallow ground..."
"[Their] insatiable lust for power is only equaled by their incurable impotence in exercising it."
Winston Churchill... on opposition government after World War II,
"You will never be ready to deal with success until you have learned to deal with failure"
Anthony W. Hager
"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American..."
"... better to learn the hard way than never to learn at all."
"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..."
"For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat."
Apostle Paul, 2 Thessalonians 3:10
"Anything that is over your head is under God's feet."
Rev. Wayne Barber
"... 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..."
Richard Henry Lee
"No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms."
"Whosoever uses force without right... puts himself into a state of war with those, against whom he so uses it, and in that state all former ties are cancelled, all other rights cease, and every one has a right to defend himself, and to resist the aggressor."
"[It was the basic principle of a tyrant] to unarm his people of weapons, money, and all means whereby they resist his power."
Sir Walter Raleigh
"A covenant not to defend myself from force, by force, is always void. for... no man can transfer or lay down his Right to save himself from death."
"When your 'I get to' becomes your 'I've got to', your 'want to' disappears".
"The rights of conscience, of bearing arms, of changing the governments, are declared to be inherent in the people."
"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants..."
"The said constitution [shall] never be construed to authorize congress... to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms..."
"A string of amendments were presented to the lower House; these altogether respected personal liberty..."
William Grayson, letter to Patrick Henry
"Adding more failure to failure will never equal success."
"The 'militia' was the entire adult male citizenry, who were not simply allowed to keep their own arms, but affirmatively required to do so..."
Don B. Kates
"The principle of equality kills all initiative."
Okasan Levina, Ukrainian Businesswoman
"... for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
"Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
Jay Leno, on (fall '05) hurricanes, floods, etc.
"Neither the depth of despondency nor the height of euphoria tells you how long either will last."
"Whosoever uses force without Right... puts himself into a state of War with those, against whom he so uses it, and in that state all former Ties are cancelled, all other Rights cease, and every one has a Right to defend himself, and to resist the Aggressor."
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
"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."
"If a word means everything, then in means nothing."
"...for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."
Jesus Christ (Luke's Gospel, 18:14)
"Virtually no idea is too ridiculous to be accepted , even by very intelligent and highly educated people, if it provides a way for them to feel special and important."
"The laws allow arms to be taken against an armed foe."
Ovid, Roman poet
"Knowing God is not only seeing His works but also learning His ways."
"Little more can reasonably be aimed at with respect to the people at large than to have them properly armed and equipped;"
"I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another."
"A covenant not to defend myself from force, by force, is alwasys void, For... no man can transfer or lay down his Right to save hmself from Death."
"I'm against ignorance, I'm against sloppy, emotional thinking. I'm against fashionable thinking. I am against the whole cliche' of the moment".
"That [disapproval] is what happens when you try to talk sense to people who prefer to believe nonsense"
"Let us be thankful for fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed."
"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."
"He who can take advice is sometimes superior to those who give it."
from a Fortune Cookie