Freedom 
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a collection of amusing, fascinating, insightful, or maybe even useful information

   QUOTATIONS, 
   randomly chosen

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"Doing the right thing is fun.  If nothing else, it surprises people. "  -- Thomas Sowell

"In a republican nation whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance." -- Thomas Jefferson 1824.

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories." -- Thomas Jefferson.

"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." -- Prof. John E. E. D. Acton {1834-1902}, Letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, April 3, 1887

"Power kills.  Absolute power kills absolutely." -- Professor R. J. Rummel

"Those who would rule with an iron fist always fear the free expression of opinions by those they would suppress." -- Neal Boortz

"Never was a government that was not composed of liars, malefactors and thieves." -- Marcus Tullius Cicero, brilliant philosopher, writer, political scientist, orator, humorist and last Free Consul of Rome, before he was murdered by the despicable despot Mark Anthony, doing his utmost to demonstrate and underscore Cicero's observation

"The problem with politics isn't the money; it's the power." -- Harry Browne

"There is nothing government can give you that it hasn't taken from you in the first place." -- Winston Churchill

"Whatever the government gives you was taken from somebody else." -- Bert Rand

"Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production." -- Ayn Rand

“Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force.” -- George Washington

"The United States was supposed to have a limited government originally, because the founders knew power attracts swarms of crooks, demagogues and despots as surely as horse manure attracts swarms of horseflies." -- Rick Gaber

"It is a happy truth that man is capable of self-government, and only rendered otherwise by the moral degradation designedly superinduced on him by the wicked acts of his tyrant." -- Thomas Jefferson to M. de Marbois, 1817

"The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits." -- Thomas Jefferson

"For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law OUGHT to be King; and there ought to be no other." -- Thomas Paine, Common Sense

"It would be an absurdity for jurors to be required to accept the judge's view of the law, against their own opinion, judgment, and conscience." -- John Adams

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." -- Declaration of Independence

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

[And The People must MAINTAIN their ABILITY to do such altering, abolishing and instituting]: "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyrannty in government." -- A popular Americanism of unknown origin, sometimes attributed to Jefferson, although no one I know of has proven his authorship. Nomatter, it's true, it's popular, and I won't let it die. You may as well attribute it to yourself if any control freak demands attribution of you. Whatever, you CAN easily find the source for this one: "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of the republic; since it offers a strong moral check against usurpation and arbitrary power of the rulers." --  Supreme Court Justice Joseph Storyy, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1891

"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; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." --  Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

"Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1) Those who fear and distrust the people . . . . 2) Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe . . . depository of the public interest." -- Thomas Jefferson

"When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Forcing people to work without pay does not deserve to be called by a pretty sounding phrase like 'public service'." -- Charles Champion

"Many of those who fear and distrust the people somehow believe, with the intensity of blind faith, that as soon as these same people are given government jobs they somehow acquire wisdom and become saints. Or, if they already are saints, that they will avoid being corrupted by power, AND that the power-hungry WILL refrain from grabbing their jobs." -- Rick Gaber

"The human race divides itself politically into those who want to be controlled, and those who have no such desire." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"Abolition of private property. ... Abolition of the family! ... Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality ... this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads ... In short, the Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things." -- Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto

"How can anyone with an ounce of humility, or real sense, think he knows the 'rational' method of improving the lot of mankind?  Lenin and Mao thought they knew, as they sent tens of millions to their graves in the effort." -- Randall Hoven

"True knaves are those who arrogantly impose their tastes and preferences upon others." -- Dr. Donald Boudreaux

"Government, when it is examined, turns out to be nothing more nor less than a group of fallible men with the political force to act as though they were infallible." -- Robert LeFevre, in his essay, Aggression is Wrong

"Government is a far more effective tool for preventing harm than for achieving good. Those who see the state as the engine of progress see progress as originating from some men having the power to force other men to obey them, not from voluntary association of free individuals." -- James Bovard in Lost Rights, the Destruction of American Liberty

"It is important to remember that government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. The funds that a government spends for whatever purposes are levied by taxation. And taxes are paid because the taxpayers are afraid of offering resistance to the tax gatherers. They know that any disobedience or resistance is hopeless. As long as this is the state of affairs, the government is able to collect the money that it wants to spend. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom." -- Ludwig von Mises

"On every question of construction [of the Constitution] let us 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 intended against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." -- Thomas Jefferson in a Letter To Justice William Johnson, Monticello, June 12, 1823

"It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freeman of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle." --James Madison,"A Memorial and Remonstrancce", 1785: Works 1:163

"The purpose of the Supreme Court is to settle disputes between the states, or between the citizens and the federal government, not to ‘interpret’ the Constitution.  Why would you need to interpret the Constitution, anyway?  Is it written in Sanskrit?" -- unknown (or I forgot, anyway. Maybe Terrence McIntyre?)

"I do not need a supreme court to tell me what the Constitution says any more than I need a priest to tell me what the Bible says." -- Doug Newman

"Constructions must not be favored which go to defeat instead of furthering the principal object of the law and to sacrifice the end to the means." -- Thomas Jefferson to William H. Cabell, 11807.

"Where a phrase is susceptible of two meanings, we ought certainly to adopt that which will bring upon us the fewest inconveniences."  – Thomas Jefferson: Opinion on Apportionment Bill, 1792. "It is an established rule of construction where a phrase will bear either of two meanings, to give it that which will allow some meaning to the other parts of the instrument, and not that which would render all the others useless." -- Thomas Jefferson: Opinion on Bank, 1791.

"Our tenet ever was... that Congress had not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but were restrained to those specifically enumerated, and that, as it was never meant that they should provide for that welfare but by the exercise of the enumerated powers, so it could not have been meant they should raise money for purposes which the enumeration did not place under their action; consequently, that the specification of powers is a limitation of the purposes for which they may raise money." -- Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 18117.

"With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers (enumerated in the Constitution) 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." -- James Madison

"Think about it. If the general welfare clause of the Constitution allowed unlimited federal powers, why bother with Article I, Section 8, which sets forth the specific powers and duties of the federal government? The Founding Fathers left to the states all responsibilities not specifically enumerated in the Constitution." -- Larry Elder

"On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power to them? If so, how many rebellions should we have had already?" -- Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia,, 1782.

"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." - Thomas Jefferson    

"Where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy." -- Thomas Jefferson: Kentucky Resolutions, 1798.

"My religion is The Golden Rule.  You don't need a god, spirit, divine presence, priests, ministers, rabbis, mullahs or witch doctors to teach you to practice it.   Anyone with horse sense and half a brain can see that reality, self-respect and the development of a reputation demand it; it provides the necessary means for men of all varieties to get along.  Period." -- Rick Gaber

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical."  – Thomas Jefferson, Statute of Religious Freedom, 1779.

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

"The power to tax involves the power to destroy." – Chief Justice John Marshall in the McCulloch v. Maryland ruling, 1819

"Anyone may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes." -- Justice Learned Hand

"No living person or any combination of persons, regardless of how organized, has a moral right forcibly to direct and control the peaceful, creative, productive actions of another or others." – Leonard E. Read

"Just as any moron can destroy a priceless Ming vase, so the shallow and ill-educated people who run our schools can undermine and destroy from within a great civilization that took centuries of dedicated effort to create and maintain." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

"The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence....The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, and to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law." — Ayn Rand. in Atlas Shrugged, 1957

"The government never really goes into business, for it never makes ends meet. And that is the first requisite of business. It just mixes a little business with a lot of politics and no one ever gets a chance to find out what is actually going on. Any large extension of the Government into business affairs -- no matter what the pretense and no matter how the extension is labeled -- will be bound to promote waste and put a curb on our prosperity and progress. Somehow, and probably it is in the very nature of things, a government office is below the level of a private office."  – Thomas Alva Edison in an interview in the Jan. 5, 1929, Saturday Evening Post.

"Politics is the business of tinkering with other people's lives." – Nolan Neathercutt

"No one talks about the real ethics disaster in Washington. It’s that many members of Congress will listen to any argument against a bill except for two: that it’s not moral or that it’s not constitutional." — Rep Ron Paul, R-Texas, on NET’s "Insights with Robert Novak, 5/4/97"

"The beneficial effect of state intervention, especially in the form of legislation, is direct, immediate, and so to speak, visible while its evil effects are gradual and indirect and lying out of sight. . . . Hence the majority of mankind must almost out of necessity look with undue favor upon government intervention." — A.V.Dicey, Lectures on the Relation Between Law and Public Opinion in England During the Nineteenth Century

"Although some of the goods and services provided by government are essential, it is not essential that they be provided by government. On the contrary, the private market place, operating on the principle of voluntary cooperation and exchange, is not only able to provide these goods and services, but can provide them more efficiently and for less money." – Sy Leon in None of the Above:  Why Non-Voters Are America's Political Majority

"If you don't create a free market, a black market will emerge." – THE LITHUANIAN FREE MARKET INSTITUTE

"Any time you give power to government, it will be abused, it will be enlarged, it will be used in ways you never intended." – Harry Browne on The Drudge Report 7-31-99

"If you're going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you, but the bureaucracy won't". – Admiral Hyman G. Rickover

"Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned." -- Dr. Milton Friedman

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

"There is nothing quite so depressing as waking up to face a day when you know that you are going to have to deal with a government office or bureaucrat." -- Neal Boortz

"Anyone who says that economic security is a human right, has been too much babied.  While he babbles, other men are risking and losing their lives to protect him.  They are fighting the land, fighting diseases and insects and weather and space and time, for him, while he chatters that all men have a right to security and that some pagan god -- Society, The State, The Government, The Commune -- must give it to them.  Let the fighting men stop fighting this inhuman earth for one hour, and he will learn how much security there is." -- from THE DISCOVERY OF FREEDOM: Man's Struggle Against Authority by Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of, and secretary to, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and powerful thinker in her own right

"The most ridiculous, most despicable of all con artists are those pompous, condescending, so-called 'intellectuals' who purport to use the intellect to 'prove' the worthlessness of human intelligence -- and thereby, of the intellect.  They don't even seem to realize all they're doing is admitting their own self-negation in the most pathetic way possible, in public, to all but the most gullible." -- Rick Gaber

"Know when to give up a lost cause.  Anyone who needs to be persuaded to be free, doesn't deserve to be." -- L. Neil Smith

"People who fight may lose. People who do not fight have already lost." -- Bertold Brecht

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

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule" -- H. L. Mencken

"Here we live in a country that has a fabulous constitution and all these guarantees, a contract between the citizens and the government - nobody knows what's in it. It's one of the best kept secrets. And so, if you don't know what your rights are, how can you stand up for them? And furthermore, if you don't know what is in that document, how can you care if someone is shredding it?" -- Frank Zappa, December 21, 1940 - December 4, 1993 (Quote from Spin Magazine July 1991)

"Of course the US Constitution isn't perfect; but it's a lot better than what we have now." -- Eric Sheppard

"When looking for a reason why things go wrong, never rule out sheer stupidity." -- Brian M. Wilson

"Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish." -- Euripides

"He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense." -- John McCarthy

"I do not agree with a word you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." -- Voltaire, to Helvetius

"Private property is the most important guarantee of freedom." -- F.A. Hayek

"Live free or die."--– Gen. John Stark, the hero of the battles of Bennington and Bunker Hill

"Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself --and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty." -- Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce

"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." -- The Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy

"The more prohibitions there are, the poorer the people will be. The more laws are promulgated, the more thieves and bandits there will be." -- Lao-tzu, The Tao Te Ching (believved written in China, 6th century BC).

"An oppressive government is much worse than a man-eating tiger." -- Kong Fu-Dzuh ("Confucious")

"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."-- Tacitus, Roman senator and historian (A.D. c.56-c.115)

"The American government creates 50,000 new laws each year, and over 2 million new regulations. Then we are told by the courts that 'Ignorance of the law is no excuse!'" -- Lorne Strider

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. " ~ Ayn Rand in "The Nature of Government"

"Whenever the government causes a crisis, Congress and the president of the United States will almost surely give even more power and authority to the agency that is most responsible for the calamity." -- William L. Anderson

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~ George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1906

"We have sunk so low it has become the obligation of every decent, thinking individual to re-state the obvious!" -- George Orwell

"So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot." -- George Orwell

"How have I loved liberty? With the enthusiasm of religion, with the rapture of love, with the conviction of geometry. That is how I have always loved liberty" -- Lafayette

"Over himself, over his own mind and body, the individual is sovereign." -- J.S. Mill, On Liberty, 1859, "Introductory"

"...every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has any right to but himself." -- John Locke

"Freedom can be preserved only if it is treated as a supreme principle which must not be sacrificed for any particular advantage." -- F. A. Hayek

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

"All socialism involves slavery." -- Herbert Spencer

"Democracy is a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." --  H.L. Mencken

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

"The politicians don't just want your money. They want your soul. They want you to be worn down by taxes until you are dependent and helpless." – James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union

"The people = government doctrine is equivalent to political infantilism — an agreement to pretend that the citizen's wishes animate each restriction or exaction inflicted upon him. This doctrine essentially makes masochism the driving force of political life — assuming that if government is beating the citizens, they must want to be beaten, and they have no right to complain." — James Bovard

"People constantly speak of  'the government' doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it. But the government is really nothing but a group of men, and usually they are very inferior men. They may have some better man working for them, but they themselves are seldom worthy of any respect." – H.L. Mencken

"In an age when health fascists have declared smoking to be a form of child abuse, it is clear that everyone can be subjected to the prejudices of demented paternalists." – Dr. Chris Tame

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." – William Pitt (1783)

"Most bad government results from too much government." – Thomas Jefferson

"Politicians, Like Bombers, Seldom See Their Victims..." – Dr. Donald Boudreaux, in his article, "Losing Touch". located HERE.

"Giving money and power to the government is like giving car keys and whisky to teenage boys." – P.J. O'Rourke

"Giving a politician access to your wallet is like giving a dog access to your refrigerator." – Tim Barber

"This government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way." – Henry David Thoreau in his essay, "Civil Disobedience"

"The trick, of course, is that doing nothing in the public policy world allows much more to be done in the real world." – Thomas Hazlett in the March, 1997 issue of Reason at http://www.reasonmag.com/9703/col.hazlett.html

"We are asking the wrong question. The issue is not who should be trusted with all the power of the Presidency. Instead, we must ask how much power any candidate can be trusted with." -- James Bovard in No One Deserves the Power

"It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million human beings collected together are not under the same moral laws which bind them separately." -- Thomas Jefferson

"We hold that what one man cannot morally do, a million men cannot morally do, and government, representing many millions of men, cannot do." -- Auberon Herbert

"A man’s natural rights are his own, against the whole world; and any infringement of them is equally a crime, whether committed by one man, or by millions; whether committed by one man, calling himself a robber, (or any other name indicating his true character,) or by millions, calling themselves a government." -- Lysander Spooner, 1867

"The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves." -- John Locke

"If you would not confront your neighbor and demand his money at the point of a gun to solve every new problem that may appear in your life, you should not allow the government to do it for you." -- William E. Simon, former Treasury Secretary

"We have too many lawyers making laws. We need some un-lawyers un-making some laws."-- Carl Strang, ex-mayor, Winter Haven, FL

"...having lawyers write the laws is like having doctors create diseases." -- Matt Beauchamp

"Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government" -- James Madison

"[Montesquieu wrote in Spirit of the Laws, VIII,c.12:] 'When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.'" -- Thomas Jefferson: copied into his Commonplace Book.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke

"Those who have been once intoxicated with power and have derived any kind of emolument from it can never willingly abandon it." -- Edmund Burke

"The example we have given to the world is single: that of changing our form of government under the authority of reason only, without bloodshed." -- Thomas Jefferson to Ralph Izard, 1785.

"If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable." -- John F. Kennedy

"It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle."-- James Madison

"Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey the laws too well." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Governments and citizens blend together only in the imagination of political theorists. Government is, and always will be, an alien power over private citizens.” --  James Bovard, Freedom in Chains

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

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all."-- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Francis Hopkinson, Paris, Mar. 13, 1789

"Dave Barry has been at the Miami Herald since 1983. He won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1988. Barry writes about various major issues relating to the international economy, the future of democracy, the social infrastructure and exploding toilets." — from The Miami Herald 12/25/96

"Everyone wants to save the planet but no one wants to help Mom clean the dishes." – P.J. O'Rourke, in All the Trouble in the World

"Those who say it cannot be done should stay out of the way of those who are doing it." – Janet Hawkins

"My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who  take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there." – Indira Gandhi

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and implores is sinful and tyrannical." — Thomas Jefferson

"The creation of the world -- said Plato -- is the victory of persuasion over force... Civilization is the maintenance of social order, by its own inherent persuasiveness as embodying the nobler alternative. The recourse to force, however unavoidable, is a disclosure of the failure of civilization, either in the general society or in a remnant of individuals... Now the intercourse between individuals and between social groups takes one of these two forms: force or persuasion. Commerce is the great example of intercourse by way of persuasion. War, slavery, and governmental compulsion exemplify the reign of force." – Alfred North Whitehead in Adventures of Ideas

"That government is best which governs least, because its people discipline themselves." – Thomas Jefferson

"The only time my education was interrupted was when I was in school." – George Bernard Shaw

"In my experience, people who are truly compassionate rarely use the word 'compassion.'  Those who do talk compassion generally intend to be compassionate with your money, not their own.  It's wrong for someone to confiscate your money, give it to someone else, and call that 'compassion.' " – Harry Browne

"State-mandated compassion produces, not love for ones fellow man, but hatred and resentment. The breakdown of 'basic civility' and the rise of the welfare state occur concurrently." – Lizard

"It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny." ~ James Fenimore Cooper, The American Democrat, 1838

"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

"Helping the poor through the government is like feeding the sparrows through cows" -- Walter Williams

"If we fixed a hangnail the way our government fixes the economy, we'd slam a car door on it." -- Cullen Hightower

"If a government were put in charge of the Sahara Desert, within five years they’d have a shortage of sand." -- Dr. Milton Friedman

"Give a man the secure possession of bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years lease of a garden, and he will convert it to a desert... The magic of property turns sand into gold." -- Arthur Young, "Travels", written in 1787. As he traveled, Young noticed stark differences between American and English land management practices.

"If we were directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we would soon want for bread." -- Thomas Jefferson

"The more prohibitions there are, the poorer the people will be. The more laws are promulgated, the more thieves and bandits there will be." -- Lao-tzu, The Tao Te Ching (believved written in China, 6th century BC).

"If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last." -- Ronald Reagan

"It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be A 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining In this state of ignorance." -- Murray N. Rothbard

"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."-- Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Judge, in American Communications Association v. Douds, May 1950

"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant."-- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

"Choose loss rather than shameful gains." -- a Greek proverb

"Do right and damn the consequences." -- Sam Houston

“Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” -- Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC)

"The politicians don't just want your money. They want your soul. They want you to be worn down by taxes until you are dependent and helpless." — James Dale Davidson Founder, National Taxpayers Union

"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." — Winston Churchill

"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." – Albert Einstein

"I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word 'fair' in connection with income tax policies." – William F. Buckley Jr.

"...There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it ever come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence." – Daniel Webster

"The rights of Englishmen are older by five full centuries than the rights of man." -- Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli

"The State habitually commits mass murder, which it calls 'war,' or sometimes 'suppression of subversion'; the State engages in enslavement into its military forces, which it calls 'conscription'; and it lives and has its being in the practice of forcible theft, which it calls 'taxation.' The libertarian insists that whether or not such practices are supported by the majority of the population is not germane to their nature: that, regardless of popular sanction, War is Mass Murder, Conscription is Slavery, and Taxation is Robbery. The libertarian in short, is almost completely the child in the fable, pointing out insistently that the emperor has no clothes." – Murray N. Rothbard

"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle! Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. 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 with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." – Frederick Douglass, August 4, 1857.

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death." – Patrick Henry, Speech of March 23, 1775, available at http://www.law.uoknor.edu/ushist.html.

"It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle." – James Madison

"No one can find a safe way out for himself if socety is sweeping towards destruction.  Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle.  None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result.  Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us." -- Ludwig von Mises

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedoms of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." – James Madison

 "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." – Alexis De Tocqueville.

“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Learned Hand, 1944

"The First Amendment was designed to protect offensive speech, because nobody ever tries to ban the other kind." -- Mike Godwin, staff counsel, Electronic Freedom Foundation

"I believe in doing good, but I do NOT believe in forcing people to do good. THAT is WORSE than counter-productive; it turns a good into an evil, and it fosters resentment in people with the most intense life-force burning in their bellies. Besides, considering force as an option is usually a symptom of cynicism, ignorance, laziness and/or uncertainty on the part of its advocates; they don't believe in their missions strongly enough to get out and use honest persuasion and apply a realistic time-perspective." – Rick Gaber

"Just what we need, a systematic and thorough government.  Seems to me the only thing that governments have ever been 'systematic and thorough' about is murder." – John Bottoms

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." – Patrick Henry, Virginia's Ratification convention, 1788

"A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither." – Thomas Jefferson

"Any society willing to give up a little liberty for a little security will deserve neither and lose both." – T.J. according to http://www.ilinks.net/~dziemecki/ 9/1/97

"L'hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend à la vertu." [Hypocrisy is the tribute which vice pays to virtue.] – Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Réflexions ou sentences et maximes morales

"Every individual necessarily labors to render the annual revenue of society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was not part of his intention." – Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

"One standard argument is that the government 'should only do what private firms or citizens cannot do.' But what can't they do? Every good or service now supplied by government has, at one time or another, been successfully supplied by private enterprise. Another argument is that some activities are 'too large' to be performed well by private enterprise. But the capital market is enormous, and has successfully financed far more expensive undertakings than most governmental activities. Besides, the government has no capital of its own; everything it has, it has taxed away from private producers."Murray N. Rothbard

"It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepard." – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

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

"Over himself, over his own mind and body, the individual is sovereign" – John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859), "Introductory"

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

"A slave is yet a slave if his master allows him to make any decision about which he (the master) is utterly indifferent" – Robert Allen Leeper

"The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. They recognized the significance of man’s spiritual nature, of his feelings and of his intellect. They knew that only a part of the pain, pleasure and satisfactions of life are to be found in material things. They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone -- the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized man.  To Protect that right, every unjustifiable intrusion by the Government upon the privacy of the individual, whatever the means employed, must be deemed a violation of the Fourth Amendment." --  Olmstead v. United States (1928) 277 U.S. 438, 478 (Justice Louis Brandeis, dissenting).

"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." – Robert A. Heinlein's character Professor Bernardo de la Paz in The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.

"I would rather die with a sense of personal responsibility than to live without one." – Bill Maher, on Larry King Live, 8-4-2000

"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." – George Jean Nathan

"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who vote, but do not think." – Rick Gaber

"Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent." – Napoleon

"Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world... Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds..." – Samuel Adams

"Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose." – Benjamin Disraeli

" 'Extremism' is a word deliberately chosen for its vagueness and used by intellectual slobs who are too desperate, sneaky or lazy to say exactly
what they mean.  Its only purpose is to try to confuse the difference between people who are extremely good as matter of principle with people
who are extremely bad as a matter of principle ... just because they are all people of principle.  The sleazeballs who use this supposedly scary,
yet undefined word are not only trying to smear people of conviction and integrity, but they're also trying to divert attention away from the fact
that they are obviously not people of principle themselves." -- Rick Gaber

"It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance." – Murray Rothbard

"From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat them equally, the result must be inequality in their actual position, and that the only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently.  Equality before the law and material equality are therefore not only different but are in conflict with each other; and we can achieve either one or the other, but not both at the same time." – F. A. Hayek

"Trusting people to be creative and constructive when given more freedom does not imply an overly optimistic belief in the perfectibility of human nature. It is, rather, belief that the inevitable errors and sins of the human condition are far better overcome by individuals working together in an environment of trust and freedom and mutual respect than by individuals working under a multitude of rules, regulations, and restraints imposed upon them by another group of imperfect individuals." -- Peter Senge

"Altruism and The Golden Rule are ultimately incompatible." -- Rick Gaber

"I had one fundamental question about economics: Why are some places prosperous and thriving while others just suck? It's not a matter of brains. No part of the earth (with the possible exception of Brentwood) is dumber than Beverly Hills, and the residents are wading in gravy. Meanwhile in Russia, where chess is a spectator sport, they're boiling stones for soup." -- P.J. O'Rourke in Eat the Rich

"A longing for an active government is a sign of an inactive person." ~ Amber at ifeminists.com on 15 Oct 2000 at 9:33:47 PM

"Nothing is more dangerous than active ignorance." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Helping the poor through the government is like feeding the sparrows through cows" -- Walter Williams

"If we fixed a hangnail the way our government fixes the economy, we'd slam a car door on it." -- Cullen Hightower

"How a peaceful, uncrowded place with ample wherewithal stays poor is hard to explain. How a conflict-ridden, grossly over-populated place with no resources whatsoever gets rich is simple. The British colonial government turned Hong Kong into an economic miracle by doing nothing." -- P.J. O'Rourke in Eat the Rich

"This government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of the way." -- Henry David Thoreau in his essay, "Civil Disobedience"

"I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." -- Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 12/20/1787

"The trick, of course, is that doing nothing in the public policy world allows much more to be done in the real world." -- Thomas Hazlett in the March, 1997 issue of Reason

 "If we want the whole world to be rich, we need to start loving wealth. In the difference between poverty and plenty, the problem is the poverty and not the difference.  Wealth is good.  ... wealth is not a world-wide round-robin of purse snatching, and ... the thing that makes you rich doesn't make me poor..." -- P.J. O'Rourke in Eat the Rich

"Capitalism is not an 'ism.' It is closer to being the opposite of an 'ism,' because it is simply the freedom of ordinary people to make whatever economic transactions they can mutually agree to." -- Dr.Thomas Sowell

"I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple, applying all of the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the public debt; and not for a multiplication of officers and salaries merely to make partisans..." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, January, 1789

"I place economy among the first and most important of republic virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Plumer, 1816.

"I guess you will have to go to jail. If that is the result of not understanding the Income Tax Law, I will meet you there. We shall have a merry, merry time, for all our friends will be there. It will be an intellectual center, for no one understands the Income Tax Law except persons who have not sufficient intelligence to understand the questions that arise under it." -- Senator Elihu Root of NY, 1913

"Of course the US Constitution isn't perfect; but it's a lot better than what we have now." -- Eric Sheppard

"For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program." -- "Newton’s 3rd Law of Politics"

"Bad policies, stupid policies, gutless policies have real consequences." -- Molly Ivins

"When is the last time government admitted it might have made a mistake and canceled a program?" --  Thomas Bray

"The Constitution does NOT stipulate any 'separation of church and state.'  What it DOES prohibit is any 'law respecting an establishment of religion.'  This should include the churchless new religions of earth-worship, government-worship and elitism." -- Bert Rand

"Bureaucracies are designed to perform public business. But as soon as the bureaucracy is established, it develops an autonomous spiritual life and comes to regard the public as its enemy." -- Brooks Atkinson, "September 9" Once Around the Sun, 1951

"‘Politics’ comes from the Greek ‘poly’ meaning ‘many’ and ‘ticks’, which are blood-sucking parasites." -- 1992 LP Presidential candidate Andre Marrou

"The college idealists who fill the ranks of the environmental movement seem willing to do absolutely anything to save the biosphere, except take science courses and learn something about it."  -- P.J. O'Rourke

"Once the 15th or Ides of April was the Roman festival of the Liberalia where being a Libertarii or free, taxless person was celebrated. Ironically it is now when we sharpen our pencils to celebrate tax slavery and our national degradation." -- Michael Gilson de Lemos

"A vote is 'wasted' when someone fails to vote their conscience." -- Jesse Ventura

"Government is force. The only reason people turn to government is to force someone to do something he doesn't want to do, to forcibly prevent people from doing what they do want to do, or to force someone to pay for something he doesn't want. And force is the least efficient means of achieving anything. So we want to reduce force to the absolute minimum possible as a means of solving social problems. And a good place to begin is by reducing the federal government to just the functions authorized in the Constitution. If we do that, we can repeal the federal income tax and replace it with nothing." -- Harry Browne in On the Campaign Trail

"Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it -- that no substitute can do your thinking, as no pinch-hitter can live your life -- that the vilest form of self-abasement and self-destruction is the subordination of your mind to the mind of another, the acceptance of an authority over your brain, the acceptance of his assertions as facts, his say-so as truth, his edicts as middle-man between your consciousness and your existence." -- Ayn Rand. in Atlas Shrugged

"Intellect annuls Fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free....The revelation of Thought takes man out of servitude into freedom." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Fate"

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."-- Henry David Thoreau

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." -- Winston Churchill

All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them. -- Last letter of Thomas Jefferson to the Mayor of Washington, D.C. June 24, 1826

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." -- James Madison

"With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers (enumerated in the Constitution) 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." -- James Madison

"I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." -- Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 12/20/1787

"As one of my government profs said, 'You may not be interested in government, but government is very interested in you.' " -- Lee Hinde in Wake Up And Smell The Burning Constitution

"Cuba's poverty is caused by the crackpot Marxist doctrines imposed by its sociopathic ruler and promoted by half the liberal arts professors on American faculties." -- David Horowitz
 
    "The average American will consume 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat this Thanksgiving, according to the American Council on Exercise.

    "And while I don't advocate an unhealthy lifestyle, a little gluttony and overindulgence on Thanksgiving has become simply part of the celebration. It's a truly American holiday, one that celebrates not a mystical god or military victory, but abundance and success. Consider the average American will take in more calories in one meal than those in socialist wastelands like Cuba or North Korea will eat over a number of days. I happen to believe that's something we can be proud of." -- Jonathan Hoenig

"(F)or 50 years, the well-meaning leftist agenda has been able to do to blacks what Jim Crow and harsh discrimination could never have done: family breakdown, illegitimacy and low academic achievement." -- Walter E. Williams

"I've set my own rules to live by.  The first one is: 'Never believe ANYthing the government says.' " -- George Carlin

"Of course the U.S. Constitution isn't perfect; but it's a lot better than what we have now." -- Eric Sheppard

"Whenever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people" -- Heinrich Heine

"Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive." -- Ayn Rand

"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think." -- Adolph Hitler

"What the perpetrator gains is almost always less than what the victim loses." -- Roy Baumeister

"I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple, applying all of the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the public debt; and not for a multiplication of officers and salaries merely to make partisans..." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, January, 1789

"The suppression of unnecessary offices, of useless establishments and expenses, enabled us to discontinue our internal taxes." -- President Thomas Jefferson in his second inaugural address, March 4, 1805.

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to always be kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826

"I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others."  – Thomas Jefferson to A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy, 1811.

"Society has a tendency to honor its living conformists and its dead troublemakers." -- Wayne Dyer

"I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House -- with the possible exception of when Thommas Jefferson dined alone." -- John Kennedy, 1962 dinner honoring Nobel Prize winners

"Intellect annuls Fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free....The revelation of Thought takes man out of servitude into freedom." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Fate"

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." -- Plato (427-347 B.C.)

"When the freedom they wished for most was the freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and never was free again." -- Edith Hamilton

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." -- George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutions, 1903

"Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it -- that no substitute can do your thinking, as no pinch-hitter can live your life -- that the vilest form of self-abasement and self-destruction is the subordination of your mind to the mind of another, the acceptance of an authority over your brain, the acceptance of his assertions as facts, his say-so as truth, his edicts as middle-man between your consciousness and your existence." -- Ayn Rand. in Atlas Shrugged

"Those who think people need a justification for being allowed to keep their money ought to be thinking instead about what justification they could give for being allowed to keep their own necks." -- R. A. Leeper

"That the power to tax involves the power to destroy...[is ] not to be denied." -- U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall in McCulloch v. Maryland, March 6, 1819.

"Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will." -- Alexander Hamilton

"When you give politicians the power to do what you think is right you're automatically giving politicians the power to do what you think is wrong." -- Harry Browne

"Government seems to operate on the principle that if even one individual is incapable of using his freedom competently, no one can be allowed to be free." -- Harry Browne's A to Z

"Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place." -- Frederic Bastiat

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain

"Liberty is a hard sell because most people want liberty for themselves, but not for their fellow man." -- Walter Williams on the radio 1-18-2000

"If liberty should be the highest political end, then what is the grounding for that goal? It should be clear . . . that, first and foremost, liberty is a moral principle, grounded in the nature of man. In particular, it is a principle of justice, of the abolition of aggressive violence in the affairs of men. Hence, to be grounded and pursued adequately, the libertarian goal must be sought in the spirit of an overriding devotion to justice. But to possess such devotion on what may well be a long and rocky road, the libertarian must be possessed of a passion for justice, an emotion derived from and channeled by his rational insight into what natural justice requires. Justice, not the weak reed of mere utility, must be the motivating force if liberty is to be attained."  -- Murray N. Rothbard

"One single object. . . [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation." -- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Edward Livingston [March 25, 1825]

"The sum of behaviour is to retain a man's own dignity, without intruding upon the liberty of others." -- Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning

"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." -- James D. Miles

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious." -- Thomas Jefferson Letter to William Ludlow, 1824

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." -- George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutions, 1903

"Once politics become a tug-of-war for shares in the income pie, decent government is impossible." -- Friedrich A. Hayek

"Laws are like sausages. To retain respect for them one must not watch them being made." -- Otto von Bismarck

"The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else." -- Frederic Bastiat

"Each and every time someone says 'there ought to be a law' they are saying that men with guns should enforce their will on innocent others." -- Michael Barnett

"If you would not confront your neighbor and demand his money at the point of a gun to solve every new problem that may appear in your life, you should not allow the government to do it for you." -- William E. Simon, former Treasury Secretary

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

"Government does not solve problems. It subsidizes them." -- Ronald Reagan

"Government is the problem, not the solution." -- Ronald Reagan

"'Solve' and 'problems' are not in the Constitution." -- Doug Newman

"No man is justified in doing wrong on the grounds of expediency." -- Theodore Roosevelt

"He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own." -- Aesop

"A moderate is either someone who has no moral code of his own, or if he does, then he's someone who doesn't have the guts to take sides between good and evil." -- Rick Gaber

"Moral relativists are staunchly uncertain, adamantly indecisive, self-righteously impotent and defiantly irrelevant." -- Rick Gaber

"Hypocrisy is not the hobgoblin of enslavable minds so much as it is the hallmark of their would-be slavemasters." -- Rick Gaber

"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular." -- Adlai E. Stevenson, speech (1952)

"To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-ridden, regulated, penned up, indoctrinated, preached at, checked, appraised, seized, censured, commanded, by beings who have neither title, nor knowledge, nor virtue. To be governed is to have every operation, every transaction, every movement noted, registered, counted, rated, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, refused, authorized, endorsed, admonished, prevented, reformed, redressed, corrected." -- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, 1849

"Do not open your mouth to tell me that your mind has convinced you of your right to force my mind. Force and mind are opposites. Morality ends where a gun begins." -- Ayn Rand

"The nature of government bureaucracies and political organizations is such that the vast majority of the people in them are pathetic mediocrities who accumulate power over others as a neurotic substitute for their missing sense of self-worth, a sense which becomes ever-more elusive as time erodes any likelihood of their leaving for the real world and creating new values which never existed before instead of stealing and redistributing old ones which did." -- Bert Rand

"One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

"To embrace a collectivist system ... and thereby jeopardize sustained economic growth, inevitably misallocate scarce resources, and almost necessarily perpetuate destitution, hardly merits moral acclaim. Indeed, intellectuals in general and church leaders in particular who bewail the continued existence of poverty absolutely defined, and who state that they yearn for a world in which the hungry are fed, the naked clothed, and the destitute housed, yet who ceaselessly undermine the very system which, to date, has best done what they claim to value most, are, surely, moral imbeciles."-- The Reverend Doctor John K. Williams

"Capitalism is not an 'ism.' It is closer to being the opposite of an 'ism,' because it is simply the freedom of ordinary people to make whatever economic transactions they can mutually agree to." -- Dr.Thomas Sowell

"It's too bad that the only people who know how to run the country are too busy driving cabs and cutting hair." -- George Burns

"The man who is a bear on the future of the United States will always go broke." -- J.P. Morgan (1895)

"You can judge a man by the books in his library." -- Mark Skousen

"No nation was ever ruined by trade." -- Benjamin Franklin

"The problem with politics isn't the money; it's the power." -- Harry Browne

"As Thomas Jefferson put it, 'I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.' The Webster's dictionary current in Jefferson's time defines a jury as a group of citizens empaneled to judge both the facts and the law in both civil and criminal cases. Jury 'nullification,' or the voiding of a law by juries who judge it to be immoral or repressive or simply wrong, is part of our legal heritage." -- Rick Sincere (Richard E. Sincere, Jr.)

"If mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind." – John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

"Political correctness is tyranny with manners." -- Charlton Heston, speaking before the Arizona State Legislature

"By mentioning the unmentionable, you enable people to think the unthinkable.  What was unthinkable yesterday becomes debatable today, and doable tomorrow." -- Thomas M. Sipos, "In Defense of the MMacho-Flash", Liberty, May 2001

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it, because it is spoken and rumored  by many, because it is found written in your books, because it has the authority of your teachers and elders, or because it has been handed down for many generations.  But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." -- Buddha

Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. Thus in France the emetic was once forbidden as a medicine, and the potato as an article of food. Government is just as fallible, too, when it fixes systems in physics. Galileo was sent to the Inquisition for affirming that the earth was a sphere; the government had declared it to be as flat as a trencher, and Galileo was obliged to abjure his error. ... Reason and experiment have been indulged, and error has fled before them. It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. -- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1787)

"Nationalized health is synonymous with delays, waiting lists, rationing, and high taxes." -- Dr. Christopher Lyon

"Using governmental force to impose a vision on others is intellectual sloth." -- Ken Schoolland

“The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants”-- Albert Camus

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?... I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" -- Patrick Henry, Richmond, VA

"Througout 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." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." -- Henry David Thoreau

"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed" -- Noah Webster

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

"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military." -- William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. authorr. "The War Universe"

"I didn't see any NRA officials killing babies in Waco..." -- P.J. O'Rourke

"The 2nd amendment was never intended to allow private citizens to 'keep and bear arms'. If it had, there would have been wording such as 'the
right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed'." -- Ken Konecki on Usenet, on 27 Jul 1992.

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

"Perhaps an editor might begin a reformation in some such way as this. Divide his paper into four chapters, heading the 1st, Truths; 2nd, Probabilities; 3rd Possibilities; 4th, Lies." -- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Norvell, June 11, 1807

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson

"It is not shameful not to know, but it is shameful not to learn." -- old Turkish proverb

"Truth and news are not the same thing." -- Katharine Graham, the late publisher of The Washington Post
"I Don't Believe The Washington Post." -- bumper sticker

"The whole of economics can be reduced to a single lesson, and that lesson can be reduced to a single sentence. The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups." -- Henry Hazlitt in Economics in One Lesson
 
"A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all." -- Georges Bernanos

"An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory." -- Friedrich Engels

"The great end of life is not knowledge but action." -- Thomas Henry Huxley, Technical Education, 1887

"Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how  much may be done if we are always doing." -- Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson, May 5, 1787

"Don't do nothing just because you can't do everything." -- Bob Pierce 

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -- Theodore Roosevelt 

"The time for action is past! Now is the time for senseless bickering!" -- Ashleigh Brilliant 


 

Now, about that so-called "poverty-crime correlation":

 "During the 1960s, one neighborhood in San Francisco had the lowest income, the highest unemployment rate, the highest proportion of families with incomes under four thousand dollars a year, the least educational attainment, the highest tuberculosis rate, and the highest proportion of substandard housing ... That neighborhood was called Chinatown. Yet, in 1965, there were only five persons of Chinese ancestry committed to prison in the entire state of California."
-- James Q. Wilson and Richard Herrenstein, Crime and Human Nature, 1986. Cited in Larry Elder, The Ten Things You Can't Say In America, pp. 43 and 44

"Dave Barry has been at the Miami Herald since 1983. He won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1988. Barry writes about various major issues relating to the international economy, the future of democracy, the social infrastructure and exploding toilets." -- from http://www.herald.com/tropic/barry/ 12/25/96

"Politicians, Like Bombers, Seldom See Their Victims..." -- Dr. Donald Boudreaux, in his article, "Losing Touch". located HERE.

"The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it." -- John Hay, 1872

"Our founding fathers detested the idea of a democracy and labored long to prevent America becoming one.  Once again --- the word 'democracy' does not appear in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, or the constitution of any of the fifty states.  Not once. Furthermore, take a look at State of the Union speeches.  You won’t find the “D” word uttered once until the Wilson years." -- Neal Boortz

"This government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of the way." -- Henry David Thoreau in his essay "Civil Disobedience"

"The trick, of course, is that doing nothing in the public policy world allows much more to be done in the real world." -- Thomas Hazlett

"Giving money and power to the government is like giving car keys and whisky to teenage boys." - P.J. O’Rourke

"Politics is a disease for which there is no known cure." -- Cal Thomas

"As a group, a higher percentage of public school teachers send their own kids to private school than do doctors, lawyers, or any other group of professionals in this country." -- Neal Boortz, 1-19-2000

"So much of what passes for public life consists of little more than candidates without ideas, hiring consultants without conviction, to stage campaigns without content. The result, increasingly, is elections without voters." -- Gerald Ford

"The Second Amendment IS the Equal Rights Amendment." -- Jannalee Tobias

"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." -- Justice Louis Brandeis, 1928

"A person who indulges in ad hominem attacks instead of addressing another's ideas, has in effect conceded intellectual defeat." -- Bevin Chu, antiwar.com, Oct. 22, 1999

"Using technology that is in commercial use to raise food in hydroponic artificial-light factories . . . the entire population of the world can be fed using only the land area of Massachusetts plus Vermont . . . And the area necessary can be reduced to a tenth or a hundredth of that by producing the food in ten or hundred story buildings."  -- Julian Simon, The Ultimate Resource 2

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." -- Thomas Jefferson.

"The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced." -- Frank Zappa

"The average American family head will be forced to do twenty years' labor to pay taxes in his or her lifetime."  -- James Bovard, Lost Rights

"The politicians don't just want your money. They want your soul. They want you to be worn down by taxes until you are dependent and helpless." -- James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union

"Every time the government replaces the private sector in the performance of any service or product manufacturing, it costs twice as much, delivers less than half the quality and reliability, puts an end to innovation, results in scarcity and waiting lists, and benefits no one in the long run except bureaucrats, politicians and whoever is willing to give in to whatever type of extortion turns out to be effective." -- Rick Gaber

"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels ... to govern him?" --Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801

"From time to time we've been tempted to believe this society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?" -- Ronald Reagan: lst Inaugural, 1981

"Hating other people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat." -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

"Voting for higher taxes on your employer, or on anyone who might ever hire you or (especially) your kids, is like burning your bridges AHEAD of you." -- Rick Gaber

"The history of taxation shows that taxes which are inherently excessive are not paid. The high rates inevitably put pressure upon the taxpayer to withdraw his capital from productive business and invest it in tax-exempt securities or to find other lawful methods of avoiding the realization of taxable income. The result is that the sources of taxation are drying up; wealth is failing to carry its share of the tax burden; and capital is being diverted into channels which yield neither revenue to the Government nor profit to the people." -- Daniel J. Mitchell
 

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates  promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policies, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years." -- historian Alexander Frazier Tyler, referring to ancient Athens, among other democracies.  He died in 1813.

"Oh, that must be God's orange juice squeezer!" -- Eleanor Roosevelt, upon driving past thee Baha'i Temple on Sheridan Road in Wilmette, Illinois in 1952 (Your webmaster, age 9, was sitting in the car beside her at the time.).

"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." -- E. B. White

"Other than the gifts of God and Nature, that which is free is free only because someone else has paid for it." -- Seagram Co. CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr., attacking the notion that everything on the Internet should be free (CapitolHillBlue quote of the day May 30, 2000)

"A free man must be able to endure it when his fellow men act and live otherwise than he considers proper. He must free himself from the habit, just as soon as something does not please him, of calling for the police." -- Ludwig von Mises

"A firm bargain and a right reckoning make long friends." -- Thomas Paine, Common Sense

"There is no more important thing for any single person to hear than for a parent to say, 'I am SO proud of you!' -- And there is no worse parent on earth than one who NEVER says that." -- Rick Gaber

"I distinguish between two kinds of politicians. There are those who view politics as a tactical game, a game in which they do not reveal any individuality, in which they lose their own face. There are, however, leaders for whom politics is a means of defending and furthering values. For them, it is a moral pursuit. They do so because the values they cherish are endangered. They're convinced that there are values worth living for, and even values worth dying for. Otherwise they would consider their life and work pointless. Only such politicians are great politicians, and Ronald Reagan was one of them." -- Lech Walesa

"I think vital religion has always suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue. The scriptures assure me that at the last day we shall not be examined on what we thought but what we did." -- Benjamin Franklin [letter to his father, 1738]

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -- Manuel II Paleologus

"Either you rely on the inverse-square law or you rely on astrology. You can’t do both; they’re mutually exclusive. As for me, I prefer the former. And, frankly, I regard anyone who prefers the latter as a child, anyone who tries to rely on both as confused, and anyone not embarrassed about it as pathetically, maybe even deliberately, maintaining a brain as well-organized as a city dump. "Either you rely on government for protecting individual rights or you rely on it for imposing authoritarian rule. You can’t do both; they’re mutually exclusive. As for me, I prefer the former. And, frankly, I regard anyone who prefers the latter as a child, anyone who tries to rely on both as being either confusedly or deliberately short-sighted, and anyone not embarrassed about it as sorrowfully, even pathetically, ignorant (or worse), maintaining a brain as well-organized as a city dump, and thereby helping to turn the world into an image of that brain at gunpoint, whether wittingly or not." – Rick Gaber

"There's nothing that does so much harm as good intentions." -- Dr. Milton Friedman, as interviewed in "Is America No. 1?" by John Stossel.

"Benevolence in public institutions has a short half-life no matter how noble its original intentions." -- Richard A. Epstein, Principles for a Free Society

"Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program."  -- Dr. Milton Friedman, Nobel-Prize-winning economist

"When a private enterprise fails, it is closed down.  When a government enterprise fails, it is expanded."  -- Dr. Milton Friedman

"Government people are not saints." -- Bert Rand

"Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned." -- Dr. Milton Friedman

"While it would be silly and ungracious to insist that intelligent deliberation on public issues is nowhere found in modern communities, it would be naive to imagine that wise deliberation can survive the constant pounding from self-interested political behavior. Benevolence in public institutions has a short half-life no matter how noble its original intentions." and "Once [a] program is in place, its day-to-day administration falls into the hands of a professional cadre besieged by powerful interest groups whose influence grows as public interest wanes. . . . A slow process of disintegration and reconfiguration sets in, transforming and expanding a program from within." -- Richard A. Epstein, Principles for a Free Society

"We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country." -- Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1813.

"Througout 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." --Robert A. Heinlein

"…rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others." -- Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, 1819.

"No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him." --Thomas Jefferson to Francis Gilmer, 1816..

"To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father's has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association--the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it." --Thomas Jefferson: Note in Tracy's "Politiical Economy," 1816.

"The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen in his person and property and in their management." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816.

"As to why it is widely held that these truths the founders held to be self-evident implied a laissez-faire capitalist economic system, it is because the right to liberty means, among other things, the right to acquire resources, to hold and trade them and to give them away if one chooses to do so." -- Tibor Machan

"[If government have] a right of demanding ad libitum and of taxing us themselves to the full amount of their demand if we do not comply with it, [this would leave] us without anything we can call property." --Thomas Jefferson: Reply to Lord North, 1775. Papers, 1:233

"The first foundations of the social compact would be broken up were we definitely to refuse to its members the protection of their persons and property while in their lawful pursuits." --Thomas Jefferson to James Maury, 1812.

"I have a right to nothing which another has a right to take away." --Thomas Jefferson to Uriah Forrest, 1787. Papers, 12:477.

"Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1819

"I read but one newspaper and that more for its advertisements than its news." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1820

"I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."  - Thomas Jefferson

"If you don't have the right to do something wrong [to yourself], you don't have any rights at all." – Gene Burns, 9/29/96 speech at Faneuil Hall, Boston

"Freedom requires tolerance of foolishness. ... Without this tolerance for the freedom of others, no one's freedoms are secure." -- Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux

"Children are naive-they trust everyone. School is bad enough, but, if you put a child anywhere in the vicinity of a church, you're asking for trouble."  -- Frank Zappa

"In New Zealand, unlike the U.S., involvement with Objectivism does not generally involve a humorectomy." -- Bill Bradford

"The act of becoming pregnant is a choice, the responsibility of dealing with it, is not." -- Ken Evans

"When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember, that virtue is not hereditary." -- Thomas Paine, Common Sense

"The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society." --Thomas Jefferson to P. Dupont, 1816.

"What good is democracy if you can't get what you want?" -- Drew Carey

"Democracy is four wolves and a sheep voting on dinner." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"Liberty and Justice go hand in hand. You can’t have one with out the other. The more restrictions you that you place on Liberty, the more injustice you will receive." -- Matthew Hays

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything." -- Joseph Stalin

"History is a set of lies agreed upon." -- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

"I don't believe in predestined fate.  The future is what we choose to create." -- Jim Davidson

"I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive." -- Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 12/20/1787

"The Tenth Amendment contains a very important concept: anything not required of the government, is forbidden to the government. Nowhere in the Constitution or any amendment does it require the government to educate the people. Therefore, it may not do it. In other words, the Department of Education is an illegal agency of the government. Doesn’t that inspire your confidence?" --  John “The Gneech” Robey

"I come to bury power, Not to seize it." -- Richard Boddie, nominating Don Gorman for President at the 2000 Libertarian Party National Convention

"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened." -- Norman Thomas, six-time Socialist Party presidential candidate and one of the founders of the ACLU.

"Socialists do not merely want a welfare state, they absolutely must have one. They must have a grovelling dependent class from which to obtain their daily opiate: an hallucinogenic euphoria which comes from the delusion of being superior to and more altruistic than all others. They must have 'the poor, huddled masses' in much the same manner as vampires must have the blood of their victims." -- Edward Britton

"Collective judgment of new ideas is so often wrong that it is arguable that progress depends on individuals being free to back their own judgment despite collective disapproval." -- W.A. Lewis

"The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds." -- John Maynard Keynes (1936)

"I'm a Gemini, and Geminis never believe in astrology.” -- logician Raymond Smullyan, whenever he's asked why he doesn’t believe in astrology

“Any bit of nonsense can be computerized – astrology, biorhythms, the I Ching – but that doesn’t make the nonsense any more valid.” -- John Allen Paulos in his book, Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences

“Inspect every piece of pseudoscience and you will find a security blanket, a thumb to suck, a skirt to hold.  What have we to offer in exchange?  Uncertainty!  Insecurity!" – Isaac Asimov in the tenth-anniversary issue of The Skeptical Inquirer

"One of the great things about a free market is that it's inherently and indefatigably Darwinistic.  Left to its own devices, a free market will eventually weed out the stupid from both 'ends' of the food chain otherwise described as supply and demand.  As money is liberated from the hands of the stupid, those who would sell products or services to the stupid will eventually lose their share of the marketplace.  Devoid of any 'benevolent' interference from government, the process is gloriously relentless, and cannot help but yield a successively smarter class of participants." -- Edward Britton

"It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery." -- Benjamin Disraeli

"Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression." --Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801.

"...our Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.  In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law.  The humblest is the peer of the most powerful.  The law regards man as man, and takes no account of his surroundings or of his color when his civil rights as guaranteed by the supreme law of the land are involved." -- Supreme Court Justice John Harlan, Plessy v. Ferguson, dissenting opinion

"It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, ‘We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.’ This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves." – Ronald Reagan October 27, 1964

"No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms..." – Thomas Jefferson 

Quotes with a Bang

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. 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." — Thomas Jefferson, proposed Virginia constitution, June 1776. 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334 (C. J. Boyd, Ed., 1950)

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined...The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.: —Patrick Henry

"The 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." —Samuel Adams, debates & Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 86-87

"To disarm the people (is) the best and most effectual way to enslave them..." —George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence. From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispenable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good." —George Washington, Commanding General of the Continental Army, Father of Our Country and First President of the United States in a speech to Congress, January 7, 1790

"A well-regulated population being necessary to the security of a police state, the right of the Government to keep and destroy arms shall not be infringed." From Vin at http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/8786/drega.htm

"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; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." -- Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

"...observe that genocide has not occurred where the citizenry is armed..." -- Carl P. Close

"The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction." -- Henry St. George Tucker, in Blackstone'ss 1768 Commentaries on the Laws of England.

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion; what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?  Let them take arms." — Thomas Jefferson to William S. Smith regarding the Shays Rebellion, 1787. ME 6:372

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive." — Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, 1787.

"I wonder if future generations will ever know what we have suffered in their behalf." -- Abigail Adams to her husband John, during the Revolutionary War

"Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right to bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used and that definite rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of the citizen to bear arms is just one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible." -- Hubert Horatio Humphrey, 1960 \

"The right of the citizens to bear arms in defence of themselves and the State shall not be questioned." -- Pennsylvania Constitution, Article 1, Section 21, which is older than the U.S. Constitution, which was based, in large part, upon it.

"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on Earth... and what no just government should refuse." – Thomas Jefferson in a Letter to James Madison, Paris, Dec. 20, 1787 


"I know not what course others may take, but I'm voting Libertarian." - Bob Mall, sick of it all and going to bed. (at http://web.wt.net/~bmall/ 1-23-99) 
It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- John Philpot Curran: Speech upon the Rigght of Election, 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.)

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -abolitionist Wendell Phillips (1811-1844) paraphrasing John Philpot Curran’s Speech upon the Right of Election, 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.). also used by Terrence McIntyre, 1995

"There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots. What is it? Distrust." --Demosthenes: Philippic 2, sect. 24.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." Samuel Adams

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." –Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 1791.

It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others:or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own. – Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, with a Syllabus, Washinton, Apr. 21, 1803

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds..." -- Samuel Adams

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.  For boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 


"There can be no doubt of this:

"All America is divided into two classes,--the quality and the equality.  The latter will always recognize the former when mistaken for it.  Both will be with us until our women bear nothing but kings.

"It was through the Declaration of Independence that we Americans acknowledged the eternal inequality of man.  For by it we abolished a cut-and-dried aristocracy.  We had seen little men artificially held up in high places, and great men artificially held down in low places, and our own justice-loving hearts abhorred this violence to human nature.  Therefore, we decreed that every man should thenceforth have equal liberty to find his own level.  By this very decree we acknowledged and gave freedom to true aristocracy, saying, 'Let the best man win, whoever he is.'   Let the best man win!  That is America's word." -- Owen Wister, The Virginian (1902)


"A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to the ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers." -- Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World," Foreward, p. XV.
“Why doesn’t everybody leave everybody else the hell alone?” – Jimmy Durante

“Looking at history in general, I am simply amazed at how many people just cannot leave other people alone.” – Thomas Sowell to Walter E. Williams, April 2, 2004

"Many of our fellow citizens no longer have the tolerant souls and morals of free men and women. They have the souls and morals of busybodies and petty tyrants who want to run their neighbors' lives." -- Edward L. Hudgins

"Must be a yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws -- always for other fellow." -- Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

"When your response to everything that is wrong with the world is to say, 'there ought to be a law,' you are saying that you hold freedom very cheap." -- Thomas Sowell

"The makers of our Constitution ... conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone -- the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized man." -- Justice Louis Brandeis, Olmstead v. United States (1928) 277 U.S. 438, 478

“The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.” – Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas


 
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