Quotes

"Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man."
--- 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."
--- Goethe

"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 else."
--- 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 officially denied."
--- 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 doing."
--- 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."
--- Dilbert

"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)

"Government, like a forest fire, is entirely incapable of controlling itself; granted autonomy, it will expand until it devours everything within its sphere of influence. So if we're to have a government, the first task of those who create it is to ensure the ability of the people to resist its predations; only then can we discuss the scant handful of revocable powers we'll permit it to have. If the first priority is to ensure government power, rather than individual liberty, in process of time, liberty will be destroyed, and power is all that will remain."
--- William Norman Grigg

"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."
--- John Barrymore