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