"Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of
--- Rabindranath Tagore
"The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves."
--- William Hazlitt
"Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society
is peacemaking. Peace and not war is the father of all things."
--- Ludwig Von Mises
"And in man is a three-pound brain which, as far as we know, is the most complex
and orderly arrangement of matter in the universe."
--- Isaac Asimov
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
--- Arthur C. Clarke
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
a hog, con 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, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer,
cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
--- Robert A. Heinlein
"The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being
out of one's mind, is the condition of the normal man. Society highly values
its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd,
and thus to be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow
normal men in the last fifty years."
--- R. D. Laing,
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment
to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
---Vincent T. Lombardi
"If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything."
--- Marva Collins
"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,
fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing
small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine,
as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within
us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light
shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are
liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
--- Marianne Williamson
"We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together
or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we
have to talk."
--- Eleanor Roosevelt
Nec laudibus nec timore
(not to be influenced either by the praise or fear of men)
--- Clemens August von Galen
"The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth."
--- Jean de la Bruyere
"It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong
man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs
to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and
dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in
a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and
who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall
never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."
--- Teddy Roosevelt
"Potential doesn't mean shit until it goes kinetic."
--- Howard Flieger
"It is natural for 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. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in
a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be the number of
those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which
so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of
spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst,
and to provide for it. "
--- Patrick Henry
"When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison
it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes
the thought of the world."
--- Frederick Douglass
"There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action."
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
--- Edmund Burke
"Do not ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence."
--- Napoleon Bonaparte
"[Asked what he would do if put in charge of the then-corrupt government] It
would certainly be to correct language. If language is not correct: what is
said is not what is meant; what ought to be done remains undone; morals deteriorate;
justice will go astray; and the people will stand about in hopeless confusion.
Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above all
--- Confucius, 4th Century BC
"The most encouraging trend of our time is the widespread loss of faith in
government. No longer do people look to the government as the great problem
solver, economic planner, social unifier, or cultural czar. The government is
more likely to be seen for what it is, a haven for grafters, liars, and would-be
tyrants. Americans, like the Russians, no longer believe anything until it is
--- Lew Rockwell
"The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into
greatness. . . . This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs;
when he first appears he is a protector."
--- Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher.
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."
--- John Adams
"Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United
States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are
the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts - not to overthrow the
Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
--- Abraham Lincoln
"Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely."
--- Lord Acton
"The government that governs least, governs best."
--- Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is
a dangerous servant and a fearful master. "
--- George Washington, presidential farewell address.
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel
of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
--- Sir Winston Churchill
"Woman has shown equal devotion with man to the cause of freedom and has stood
firmly by his side in its defense. Together, they have made this country what
it is. We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all civil and political
rights that belong to the citizens of the United States be guaranteed to us
and our daughters forever.''
--- Susan B. Anthony
"The great misfortune of the twentieth Century is to have been the one in which
the ideal of liberty was harnessed to the service of tyranny, the ideal of equality
to the service of privilege, and all the aspirations and social forces included
under the label of the "Left" enrolled in the service of impoverishment and
enslavement. This immense imposture has falsified most of this century, partly
through the faults of some of its greatest intellectuals. It has corrupted the
language and action of politics down to tiny details of vocabulary; it has inverted
the sense of morality and enthroned falsehood in the very center of human thought."
--- Jean Francois-Revel
"A man is a sovereign unto himself, and may only be ruled by his own consent."
--- John Wilkes
"...But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within
limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the
limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so
when it violates the right of an individual."
--- Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, 1819.
"The Clintons are a TV show. Just get that, and you've got the whole point.
And if you think a TV show can't beat a regular old politician, well, you just
don't know, or don't acknowledge, what most Americans spend most of their time
--- Lawrence Henry
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are
to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally reprehensible to the American public."
--- Theodore Roosevelt, 1918
"We are, and long have been, at a point where the entire concept of "thinking"
as a human activity practical for the purpose of addressing the issues we're
sorting through, must be re-built from the ground up, like some ancient edifice
lost. Unless and until that happens, there is virtually no hope of avoiding
*war* with the socialists, because that is the only alternative to reason."
--- Billy Beck
"Money received in exchange for work is wages. These wages are a direct, one-way
exchange for the hours of your life you spend to perform the work. Therefore,
wages are literally units of your limited life-time. Forced income tax is theft
of a portion of that lifetime. Ask yourself if you have received just compensation
for the portion of your lifetime taken from you by force which you can never
redeem. Then ask yourself if your children deserve the same fate."
--- Bill Kasper
"The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller,
richer, and remove crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that
says government doesn't work and they get elected to prove it."
--- P.J. O'Rourke
"When I contemplate the natural dignity of man, when I feel (for nature has
not been kind enough to me to blunt my feelings) for the honor & happiness
of its character, I become irritated at the attempt to govern mankind by force
& fraud, as if they were all knaves & fools, & can scarcely avoid
disgust at those who are thus imposed upon."
--- Thomas Paine, Feb. 1791
"I would ask that researchers use their knowledge to help educate our people
on the illegitimacy of the state under current economic relations. The well-worn
term 'conspiracy' may not serve us very adequately, as it suggests an arcane
aberration rather than the normal workings of our ruling class as they decide
how best to divide the spoils and police their domain."
--- Christopher Sharrett
"Freedom of thought is the only guarantee against an infection of people by
mass myths, which in the hands of treacherous hypocrites and demagogues, can
be transformed into bloody dictatorships."
--- Andre Sakharov
"We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. And now, as in
no other age, we seek it because we have been warned, by the power of modern
weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself.
"Yet this peace we seek cannot be born of fear alone: it must be rooted in the
lives of nations. There must be justice, sensed and shared by all peoples, for
without justice the world can know only a tense and unstable truce. There must
be law, steadily invoked and respected by all nations, for without law the world
promises only such meager justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak. But
the law of which we speak, comprehending the values of freedom, affirms the
equality of all nations, great and small. "Splendid as can be the blessings
of such a peace, high will be its cost: in toil patiently sustained, in help
honorably given, in sacrifice calmly borne."
--- Dwight Eisenhower, second inaugural address:
"If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable."
--- John F. Kennedy
"Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact
amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will
continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits
of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
--- Frederick Douglass
"The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get."
"If a society can only be preserved by perpetrating an injustice, does
it deserve to be preserved?"
--- Kipawa Condor
"The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun."
--- Buckminister Fuller
"Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the
Act which deprived a whole nation of arms as the blackest."
--- Mahatma Gandhi, An Autobiography, p. 446.
"There are no authentic anti-gun proponents in this debate, because the only
argument is about who gets the guns, the people or the federal bureaucrats.
Proponents of more gun laws want to transfer the guns to the 80,000-and-growing
federal government officials who make up the national police force."
--- Ron Paul to House of Representatives, June 15, 1999
"The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary
government, one more safeguard against tyranny which now appears remote in America,
that historically has proven to be always possible."
--- Senator Hubert Humphrey
"He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one."
--- Jesus (Luke 22:36)
"War is caused by the ancient pagan belief that Authority controls individuals, and must and should control them. This belief is in individual minds, and no force whatever can change any man's mind. War will end when a majority of men on this earth know that every man is free. Each person must see for himself that everyone is self-controlling and responsible.
So long as any large group of persons, anywhere on this earth, believe the
ancient superstition that some Authority is responsible for their welfare, they
will set up some image of that Authority and try to obey it. And the results
will be poverty and war."
--- Rose Wilder Lane (THE DISCOVERY OF FREEDOM)
"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."
--- John Barrymore