Saturday, December 10, 2011

Quotables - The Benjamin Franklin Edition, Part II

Benjamin Franklin – “Mine is better than ours.” 47

Benjamin Franklin – “Most fools think they are only ignorant.” 62

Benjamin Franklin – “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” 76

Benjamin Franklin – “No gains without pains.” 45

Benjamin Franklin – “Our necessities never equal our wants” 59

Benjamin Franklin – “Pride breakfasted with Plenty, dined with Poverty, supped with Infamy.” 92

Benjamin Franklin – “Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.” 68

Benjamin Franklin – “There is no little enemy.” 47

Benjamin Franklin – “They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” 129

Benjamin Franklin – “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” 71

Benjamin Franklin – “Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.” 76

Benjamin Franklin – “Well done is better than well said.” 57

Benjamin Franklin – “We must hang together or assuredly we shall hang separately.” 82

Benjamin Franklin – “What maintains one vice would bring up two children.” 74

Benjamin Franklin – “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” 63

Benjamin Franklin – “Where liberty is, there is my country.” 60

Benjamin Franklin – “Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.” 95

Benjamin Franklin – “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” 116

Monday, November 21, 2011

Quotables - The Benjamin Franklin Edition, Part I

Benjamin Franklin – “Applause waits on success.” 48

Benjamin Franklin – “Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” 85

Benjamin Franklin – “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” 59

Benjamin Franklin – “Ere you consult your fancy, consult your purse.” 69

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Benjamin Franklin – “He does not possess wealth that allows it to possess him.” 79

Ben Franklin – “He who shall introduce into public affairs, the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.” 136

Benjamin Franklin – “He that can have patience can have what he will.” 70

Benjamin Franklin – “He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” 77

Benjamin Franklin – “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” 90

Benjamin Franklin – “He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise up with fleas." 76

Benjamin Franklin – “Honesty is the best policy.” 49

Benjamin Franklin – “If a man could have half his wishes he would double his troubles.” 87

Benjamin Franklin – “Is there anything men take more pains about than to render themselves unhappy?” 100

Benjamin Franklin – “I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody.” 92

Benjamin Franklin – “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.” 89

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Quotables - The Lewis Grizzard Edition

Lewis Grizzard – “Bad luck is meeting your date's father and realizing he's the pharmacist you bought condoms from that afternoon."   134

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Lewis Grizzard – “Baptists never make love standing up. They're afraid someone might see them and think they're dancing." 121

Lewis Grizzard – “Don't let your mouth write a check your ass can't cash." 74

Lewis Grizzard – “Do you know what Bill Clinton always does when he finishes making love? He goes home." 106

Lewis Grizzard - "Don't bend over in the garden, Granny, you know them taters got eyes." 88

Lewis Grizzard – “First, we really don’t care how you did it in Chicago. Second, if you miss it so much, Delta is ready when you are.” 134

Lewis Grizzard – “I come from a large family. In fact, I never slept alone until I was married." 96

Lewis Grizzard – “I have it on good authority that Yankee men are so lazy they marry pregnant women." 101

Lewis Grizzard – “I have three ex-wives. I can't remember any of their names, so I just call 'em Plaintiff." 108

Lewis Grizzard – “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence." 88

Lewis Grizzard – “I really don't mind flying. It's the crashing and burning that bothers me." 93

Lewis Grizzard – “I'm not saying Kim Bassinger is gorgeous, but I'd marry her dog just to be part of the family." 113

Lewis Grizzard – “I'm still not sure what sodomy is, but I know for a fact that all my ex-wives were against it." 113

Lewis Grizzard - "If love was oil, I'd be a quart low." 55

Lewis Grizzard – “My ex-wives had one thing in common. When they left, they all backed up a truck." 99

Lewis Grizzard – “Pornography does, in fact, have an effect on men. I grew up thinking that all women had a staple in their navel." 131

Lewis Grizzard – “Shoot low boys! They're ridin' Shetland ponies!" 66

Lewis Grizzard – “The greatest form of birth control known to man is a Bronx accent." 85

Lewis Grizzard – “The next time I feel the urge to get married, I think I'll just find a woman I hate and buy her a house.” 123

Lewis Grizzard – “The only good thing that ever came out of Chicago was I-65 South.” 84

Lewis Grizzard – “The world around me is a tuxedo, and I'm a pair of brown shoes.” 82

Lewis Grizzard – “There are only three ways to sleep on a train: be dead tired, dead drunk, or just plain dead.” 112

Lewis Grizzard – “Why is it necessary to stand in line to deal with any branch of the government?” 98

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Quotables - The George Washington Edition

George Washington – “A free people ought to be armed, but disciplined.” 71

George Washington – “Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.” 114

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George Washington – “Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men, any more than fine feathers make fine birds.” 115

George Washington – “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.” 74

George Washington – “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.” 120

George Washington – “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” 75

George Washington – “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” 73

George Washington – “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” 125

George Washington – “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude.” 106

George Washington – “It is impossible to govern rightly without God and the Bible.” 83

George Washington – “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” 111

George Washington – “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.” 119

George Washington – “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.” 139

George Washington - “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” 87

George Washington – “Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.” 91

George Washington – “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” 110

George Washington – “The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.” 88

George Washington – “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” 139

George Washington – “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” 79

George Washington – “There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation.” 119

George Washington – “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” 100

George Washington – “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.” 94

George Washington – “When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen.” 84
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Quotables 7

Ernest Hemingway – “Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” 111

Ernest Hemingway – “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” 61

Ernest Hemingway – “Because Fascism is a lie, it is condemned to literary sterility.” 85

Ernest Hemingway – “Courage is grace under pressure.” 53

Ernest Hemingway – “Never mistake motion for action.” 53

O. Henry – “A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.” 65

Patrick Henry – “Give me liberty or give me death.” 51

Heraclitus – “Character is destiny.” 36

Heraclitus – “There is nothing permanent except change.” 56

Heraclitus – “This alone is wise, to understand the intelligence by which all things are steered through all things.” 117

Herodotus – “All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.” 57

Herodotus – “Force has no place where there is need of skill.” 62

Herodotus – “Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.” 61

Herodotus – “I am bound to tell what I am told, but not in every case to believe it.” 85

Herodotus – “In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.” 81

Herodotus – “It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing.” 120

Herodotus – “Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.” 63

Herodotus – “The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.” 87

Herodotus – “The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.” 73

Herodotus – “The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing.” 96

Hermann Hesse – “Some people regard themselves as perfect, but only because they demand little of themselves.” 110

Hermann Hesse – “When two cultures collide is the only time when true suffering exists.” 88

Cullen Hightower – “We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex, but Congress can.” 110

Napoleon Hill – “No man is ever whipped, until he quits – in his own mind.” 75

Burton Hillis – “Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.” 73

Burton Hillis – “There's a mighty big difference between good, sound reasons and reasons that sound good.” 106

Thomas Hobbes – “Covenants without swords are but words.” 57

Eric Hoffer – “A society becomes stagnant when its people are too rational or too serious to be tempted by baubles.” 116

Eric Hoffer – “I doubt if the oppressed ever fight for freedom. They fight for pride and power – the power to oppress others.” 126

Eric Hoffer – “In every passionate pursuit, the pursuit counts more than the object pursued.” 93

Eric Hoffer – “It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.” 85

Eric Hoffer – “It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” 133

Eric Hoffer – “The aspiration toward freedom is the most essentially human of all human manifestations.” 104

Eric Hoffer – “The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it.” 117

Eric Hoffer – “The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop." 83

Eric Hoffer – “There can be no freedom without freedom to fail.” 64

Eric Hoffer – “There is always a chance that he who sets himself up as his brother’s keeper will end up being his jailkeeper.” 126

Eric Hoffer – “We cannot win the weak by sharing our wealth with them. They feel our generosity as oppression.” 111

Eric Hoffer – “Where things have not changed at all, there is the least likelihood of revolution.” 98

J. G. Holland – “God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into the nest.” 88

Oliver Wendell Holmes – “Every calling is great when greatly pursued.” 70

Oliver Wendell Holmes – “It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.” 112

Oliver Wendell Holmes – “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins.” 92

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Quotables - The Ronald Reagan Edition

Ronald Reagan – “A people free to choose will always choose peace.” 67

Ronald Reagan – “Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.” 86

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Ronald Reagan – “Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!" 114

Ronald Reagan – “Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.” 86

Ronald Reagan – “Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” 110

Ronald Reagan – “Coercion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.” 83

Ronald Reagan – “Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.” 74

Ronald Reagan – “Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.” 126

Ronald Reagan – “Double – no, triple – Our troubles and we'd still be better off than any other people on earth.” 113

Ronald Reagan – “Facts are stubborn things.” 44

Ronald Reagan – “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” 81

Ronald Reagan – “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged." 106

Ronald Reagan – “Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." 73

Ronald Reagan – “Government is like a big baby - an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.” 136

Ronald Reagan – “Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” 88

Ronald Reagan – “I am totally unwilling to see this country fail in its obligation to itself and to the other free peoples of the world.” 137

Ronald Reagan – “I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited.” 110

Ronald Reagan – “I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph.” 105

Ronald Reagan – “I've often said there's nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.” 109

Ronald Reagan – “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” 106

Ronald Reagan – “If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.” 77

Ronald Reagan – “If you’re afraid of the future, then get out of the way; stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again.” 139

Ronald Reagan – “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man." 116

Ronald Reagan – “It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” 113

Ronald Reagan – “Money can't buy happiness but it will certainly get you a better class of memories.” 101

Ronald Reagan – “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong." 99

Ronald Reagan – “One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it.” 95

R Reagan – “Our Constitution is a document in which ‘We the people’ tell the government what it is allowed to do. ‘We the people’ are free.” 140

Ronald Reagan – “Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15th.” 121

Ronald Reagan – “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.” 111

Ronald Reagan – “Status quo, you know, that is Latin for 'the mess we’re in'." 78

Ronald Reagan – “The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.” 100

Ronald Reagan – “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.” 118

Ronald Reagan – “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” 118

Ronald Reagan – “The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take a civil service examination.” 138

Ronald Reagan – “There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” 136

Ronald Reagan – “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” 129

Ronald Reagan – “They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.” 95

Ronald Reagan – “Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.” 106

Ronald Reagan – “Trust, but verify.” 36

Ronald Reagan – “We are the land of the free because we are the home of the brave.” 83

Ronald Reagan – “We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent." 82

Ronald Reagan – “We make history and changing it is within our power.” – Remark to M. Gorbachev 95

Ronald Reagan – “We must not look to government to solve our problems. Government is the problem.” 99

Ronald Reagan – “Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.” 111

Ronald Reagan – “We're the party that wants to see an America in which people can still get rich.” 98

Ronald Reagan – “When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”

Ronald Reagan – “While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.” 101

Ronald Reagan – “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” 95
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Quotables 6

Milton Friedman - “A society that puts equality . . . ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.” 118

Milton Friedman - “Political freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow men.” 95

Milton Friedman - “The great threat to freedom is the concentration of power.” 78

Milton Friedman - “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” 59

Milton Friedman - “Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” 108

Geo. Gilder - “Entrepreneurs, in accepting risk, achieve security for all. In embracing change, they ensure social and economic stability.” 139

Rudy Giuliani - “When you confront a problem you begin to solve it.” 68

William Ewert Gladstone – ““It is the duty of the government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right.” 124

William Ewert Gladstone – “Justice delayed is justice denied.” 62

Carter Glass - “A liberal is a man who is willing to spend someone else's money.” 81

J. W. von Goethe - “Nothing is worth more than this day.” 57

J. W. von Goethe - “The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth.” 86

J. W. von Goethe - “What is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.” 92

J. W. von Goethe - “What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” 109

Barry Goldwater - “Government does not have an unlimited claim on the earnings of individuals.” 95

Phil Gramm - “Government is not the generator of economic growth; working people are.” 86

Gunter Grass - “The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open." 64

Nathan Hale – “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” 78

Alexander Hamilton - “I think the first duty of society is justice.” 68

Alexander Hamilton - “In the general course of human nature, A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.” 128

Alexander Hamilton - “It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.” 92

Alexander Hamilton - “There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” 139

Alexander Hamilton - “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” 69

Justice Learned hand - “If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: ‘Thou shalt not ration justice’.” 121

Justice Learned Hand - “Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.” 136

Friederich von Hayek - “The more the state ‘plans’ the more difficult planning becomes for the individual.” 107

Friedrich von Hayek - “Liberty is an opportunity for doing good, but this is only so when it is also an opportunity for doing wrong.” 133

Friedrich von Hayek - “What a free society offers to the individual is much more than what he would be able to do if only he were free.” 136

Rutherford B. Hayes - “He serves his party best who serves the country best.” 77

Henry Hazlitt - “Government can't give us anything without depriving us of something else.” 91

William Hazlitt - “The love of liberty is the love of others. The love of power is the love of ourselves.” 106

William Hazlitt – “There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny.” 89

Heinrich Heine - “Communism possesses a language which every people can understand – its elements are hunger, envy, and death.” 127

Robert Heinlein - “Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.” 56

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quotables 5

Everett Dirkson - “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.” 101

Bob Dole - “Criminals are not the victims of society; society is the victim of criminals.” 90

Frederick Douglass - “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” 95

Frederick Douglass - “The man who is right is a majority. He who has God and conscience on his side, has a majority against the universe.” 138

Peter F. Drucker - “What we need is an entrepreneural society in which innovation and entrepreneurship are normal, steady and continuous.” 138

Peter F. Drucker - “Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.” 119

Sir William Drummond - “He who will not reason, is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.” 118

Will and Ariel Durant - “The family is the nucleus of civilization.” 68

Thomas Alva Edison - “The most necessary task of civilization is to teach men how to think.” 92

Albert Einstein - “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” 120

Albert Einstein - “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities.” 89

Albert Einstein - “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” 83

Dwight D. Eisenhower - “Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen.” 87

Ralph Waldo Emerson - “America is another name for opportunity.” 64

Ralph Waldo Emerson - “Belief in compensation, or that nothing is got for nothing, characterizes all valuable minds.” 117

Ralph Waldo Emerson - “Invention breeds invention.” 51

Ralph Waldo Emerson - “Money often costs too much.” 51

Ralph Waldo Emerson - “The basis of political economy is noninterference.” 74

Ralph Waldo Emerson - “The only difference between you today and you five years from now, is the books you read and the people you meet.” 137

Ralph Waldo Emerson - “Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.” 94

Epictetus - “No man is free who is not a master of himself.” 60

Epictetus - “Only the educated are free.” 41

Baron John Arbuthnot Fisher - “The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility.” 96

Gerald Ford - “If the government is big enough to give you everything you want, it is big enough to take away everything you have.” 131

Henry Ford - “There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.” 99

Harry Emerson Fosdick - “Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.” 90

Benjamin Franklin - “A penny saved is a penny earned.” 54

Benjamin Franklin - “Honesty is the best policy.” 49

Benjamin Franklin - “They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” 129

Benjamin Franklin - “Well done is better than well said.” 57

Benjamin Franklin - “Where liberty is, there is my country.” 60

Benjamin Franklin - “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” 116

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Quotables 4

Justice Benjamin Cardoza - “Justice, though due to the accused, is due to the accuser too.” 91

Sandra Carey - “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” 114

Thomas Carlyle - “Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.” 89

Thomas Carlyle – “Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.” 74

Thomas Carlyle - “The great law of culture: let each become all that he was created capable of being.” 102

G. K. Chesterton - “Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.” 107

G. K. Chesterton - “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” 114

G. K. Chesterton - “The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything.” 88

G. K. Chesterton - “Tolerance is the virtue of people who do not believe in anything.” 86

G. K. Chesterton - “When men stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing. They believe in anything.” 109

G. K. Chesterton - “Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.” 114

Winston Churchill - “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile – hoping it will eat him last.” 93

Winston Churchill - “It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice. I consider the real vice is making losses.” 118

Winston Churchill - “Nazism and Communism, two peas, Tweedledum and Tweedledee.” 80

Winston Churchill - “Of all tyrannies in history, the Bolshevik tyranny is the worst, the most destructive, the most degrading” 127

Winston Churchill - “The price of greatness is responsibility.” 63

Marcus Tullius Cicero - “Justice is the crowning glory of the virtues.” 71

Marcus Tullius Cicero - “The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.” 90

Marcus Tullius Cicero - “The more laws, the less justice.” 58

Henry Clay - “An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.” 100

Charles Caleb Colton - “No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.” 99

Charles Caleb Colton - “The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.” 135

Confucius - “If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.” 95

Confucius - “If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things.” 100

Confucius – “The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of its homes.” 82

Calvin Coolidge - “After order and liberty, economy is one of the highest essentials of a free government.” 107

Calvin Coolidge - “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” 92

Calvin Coolidge - “Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.” 81

Calvin Coolidge - “I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people.” 119

Calvin Coolidge - “Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual.” 89

Calvin Coolidge - “There is no escaping the fact that when the taxation of large incomes is excessive, they tend to disappear.” 127

Calvin Coolidge - “To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.” 137

Leonardo Da Vinci - “He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done.” 74

Myra Janco Daniels - “Every private citizen has a public responsibility.” 73

Peter De Vries - “The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.” 111

Denis Diderot - “Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.” 111

Monday, January 24, 2011

Quotables 3

Edmund Burke - “A law against property is a law against industry.” 66

Edmund Burke - “A nation without means of reform is without means of survival.” 79

Edmund Burke - “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” 91

Edmund Burke – “Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.” 77

Edmund Burke - “Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.” 56

Edmund Burke - “Freedom and not servitude is the cure for anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy for superstition.” 134

Edmund Burke - “Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises, it costs nothing.” 133

Edmund Burke – “If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.” 84

Edmund Burke - “It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” 136

Edmund Burke - “It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tells me I ought to do.” 124

Edmund Burke - “No sound ought to be heard in the church but the healing voice of Christian charity.” 101

Edmund Burke - “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” 105

Edmund Burke - “One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.” 70

Edmund Burke - “Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.” 81

Edmund Burke - “Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.” 62

Edmund Burke – “The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.” 72

Edmund Burke - “The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.” 73

Edmund Burke - “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.” 69

Edmund Burke - “The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.” 111

Edmund Burke - “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” 96

Edmund Burke – “The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” 82

Edmund Burke - “The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.” 95

Edmund Burke – “The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.” 68

Edmund Burke - “To innovate is not to reform.” 46

Edmund Burke - “Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.” 68

Edmund Burke – “What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.” 79

Pat Cadell - “A politician’s willingness to listen to good advice rises in inverse proportion to how badly he thinks he is doing.” 130

Albert Camus – “What is a rebel? A man who says no.” 52

Emile Capouya - “Governments will always misuse the machinery of the law as far as the state of public opinion permits.” 120

Quotables 2

St. Augustine – “A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.” 112

St. Augustine – “Punishment is justice for the unjust.” 55

St. Augustine – “The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.” 84

Francis Bacon - “It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty.” 75

Haley Barbour – “I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night.” 64

Jacques Barzun - “Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.” 96

Frederic Bastiat - “Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.” 115

Frederic Bastiat - “He who has a right to work has a right to profit." 70

Frederic Bastiat - “The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.” 117

Hilaire Belloc - “The control of the production of wealth is control of human life itself.” 91

Sir Isaiah Berlin - “Liberty is liberty, not equality or fairness or justice or human happiness or a quiet conscience.” 119

Sir Isaiah Berlin - “The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds.” 104

Justice Louis Brandeis - “If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.” 100

Justice Louis Brandeis - “The most important political office is that of private citizen.” 91

Peter Brimelow - “The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.” 106

Henry Brougham - “Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave." 122

Heywood Broun - “Appeasers believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will turn vegetarian.” 115

Tony Brown - “The problem with depending on government is, you can't depend on it.” 83

William F. Buckley - “Eloquence cannot issue except from telling the truth." 76

Quotables 1

Lord John Acton - “History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.” 90

Lord John Acton - “Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.” 109

Lord John Acton - “Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right to do what we ought.” 102

James Truslow Adams - “Lincoln was not great because he was born in a log cabin, but because he got out of it.” 111

James Truslow Adams - “The freedom now desired by many is not freedom to do and dare, but freedom from care and worry.” 119

John Adams - “Trust no man with the power to endanger liberty.” 63

John Quincey Adams - “Where annual elections end, there slavery begins.” 72

Dante Alighieri - “The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.” 130

Aristotle - “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” 109

Aristotle - “Good laws, if they are not obeyed, do not constitute good government.” 83

Aristotle - “It is best that laws should be so constructed as to leave as little as possible to the decision of those who judge.” 129

Aristotle - “Virtue, as well as evil, lies in our power.” 57

Aristotle - “Virtue is a disposition, or habit, involving deliberate purpose or choice.” 88

Aristotle - “Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.” 61

Dick Armey - “Compassion without understanding can be cruel.” 61

Dick Armey - “If you love peace more than freedom, you lose both.” 66

Dick Armey - “No one spends someone else’s money as wisely as he spends his own.” 81

Dick Armey - “The market is rational and the government is dumb.” 65

Dick Armey – “The politics of greed always comes wrapped in the language of love.” 82

Dick Armey - “There is nothing more arrogant than a self-righteous income redistributor.” 89

Dick Armey - “Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision.” 115

Dick Armey - “You can’t put your finger on a problem when you’ve got it to the wind.” 85