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The Black Book Of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

"In late 1997 a leading French publishing house, Robert Laffont, published Le Livre Noir du Communisme (The Black Book of Communism), an 850-page book of scholarly essays that collectively provide a history of Communism in the 20th century. The contributors to the book include some of the finest scholars from both East and West, who have drawn extensively on new archival findings. Every country that lived (or is still living) under Communism -- the Soviet Union, the East European countries, China, Vietnam, North Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Cuba, Mongolia, and so forth -- is covered. The book also features many crucial, previously unpublished documents from the former Communist archives.

Le livre noir du communisme begins with a 38-page introduction, "Les Crimes du Communisme," by the editor, Stephane Courtois. This introduction and the conclusion (also by Courtois) are what caused most of the controversy in France. Some prominent French intellectuals and politicians, especially those affiliated with or sympathetic to the Communist Party, argued that Courtois had gone too far in drawing a parallel between Stalinism and Nazism as systems that relied on violent terror. Some claimed that Courtois had overstated the intrinsic role of mass violence and repression in Communist systems. Courtois and numerous other scholars responded in a series of heated exchanges in the French press and academic journals. (At times, these exchanges bore only a scant connection to the book itself.) The next 800 pages of the book are separated into five large parts.

The first part is a 250-page study by the distinguished French historian Nicolas Werth, "Un Etat contre son peuple: Violences, repressions, terreurs en Union sovietique" ("A State Against Its People: Violence, Repression, and Terror in the Soviet Union"), which draws extensively on new archival findings. The essay is divided into 15 sections, beginning with "Paradoxes et malentendus d'Octobre" ("Paradoxes and Misunderstandings About the October Revolution") and then covering the whole period of Bolshevik and Stalinist terror as well as some of the events that followed the death of Josif Stalin.

The second part is a 100-page study of the Comintern and the Soviet Union's role in the international Communist movement, "Rªvolution mondiale, guerre civile et terreur" ("World Revolution, Civil War, and Terror"), by Stephane Courtois, Jean-Louis Panne, and Remi Kauffer. This part is divided into three essays, "Le Komintern de l'action," by Courtois and Panne; "L'ombre portee du NKVD en Espagne" (" The Shadow of the NKVD in Spain") by Courtois and Panne; and "Communisme et terrorisme," by Kauffer.

The third part, "L'Autre Europe: Victime du Communisme," is a 100-page overview of Communism in East-Central Europe. The author of the first section, focusing on Poland, is the most eminent historian in Poland, Andrzej Paczkowski, who has been of great help to Western scholars in gaining access to archival materials in Poland. (He also is a member of the HPCWS Editorial Board.) The other section, of roughly 70 pages, by the distinguished Czech historian, Karel BartoÔek, covers the rest of Central Europe and the Balkans. These two sections together provide a rich and nuanced reassessment of the Communization and Sovietization of Eastern Europe, drawing on a wealth of new archival material.

The fourth part, "Communismes d'Asie: Entre 'reeducation' et Massacre," focuses on East Asia (China, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia). It is divided into three sections. The first is a 100-page study by a distinguished French historian, Jean-Louis Margolin, of China under Mao Zedong. It covers the civil war in China as well as all major episodes in post-1949 Chinese history (the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, etc.) and China's occupation of Tibet. The 30-page second section, also by Margolin, focuses on North Korea, Vietam, and Laos. The third section, by one of the world's leading specialists on Cambodia, Pierre Rigoulot, looks at Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. This 80-page section is both riveting and profoundly disquieting.

The fifth part of the book, "Le Tiers-Monde" ("The Third World"), deals with Communist regimes in other parts of the Third World. This part is divided into three sections. The first section, by Pascal Fontaine, is a 35-page overview of Cuba, Nicaragua (under Sandinista rule), and the Sendero Luminoso in Peru. The second section is a 30-page overview of Marxist (or formerly Marxist) states in Africa -- Ethiopia, Angola, and Mozambique -- by the leading French expert on Africa, Yves Santamariabe. The third section, by Sylvain Boulouque, is a 25-page analysis of Afghanistan from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.

The book ends with a 30-page conclusion by Stephane Courtois, "Pourquois?," which tries to come to grips with the destruction and terror that have been extensively cataloged in the previous 800 pages. Courtois maintains that "[despite] the availability of rich new sources of information, which until recently had been completely off-limits [and which have led to] a better and more sophisticated understanding of events, . . . the fundamental question remains: Why? Why did modern Communism, when it appeared in 1917, turn almost immediately into a system of bloody dictatorship, and a criminal regime? Was it really the case that its aims could be attained only through extreme violence?



In a dense analysis of how violent terror became a way of life under Lenin and Stalin, Courtois concludes that "the real motivation for the terror ultimately was Leninist ideology, and the perfectly utopian will to impose a doctrine that was completely at odds with reality." This totalizing ideology, Courtois argues, generated murderous intolerance toward all those who were perceived as obstacles to the new regime: "Terror involves a double sort of mutation. The adversary is first labeled an enemy, then a criminal, and is excluded from society. Exclusion very quickly turns into the idea of extermination." That basic outlook, he writes, has been present, "with differing degrees of intensity, in all regimes that claim to be Marxist in origin."

In addition to the introduction, the five main parts, and the conclusion, the book features several dozen full texts or excerpts of recently declassified (and, with a few exceptions, previously unpublished) documents as sidebars. These documents appear in the book in French translation, but the French publisher has supplied copies of all the original documents to permit direct translations into English. Among the items featured are orders for the ruthless suppression of the Tambov rebellion in 1921, correspondence between Stalin and the writer Mikhail Sholokhov, transcripts of interrogations from the Great Terror, reports from the show trials in both the USSR and Eastern Europe, the 1940 memorandum ordering the execution of Polish officers in Katyn Forest, decrees on the deportations of ethnic minorities, reports from the commandants of Siberian gulags, several items pertaining to activities of the French Communist Party, documents on the treatment of prisoners of war in the USSR, reports on the actions of Communist guerrillas during the Greek civil war, a memorandum outlining the East German state security ministry's ties to the terrorist Carlos, reports on forceful measures against religious believers, directives issued by the secret police in several East European countries, reports on political repression in Romania and China, documents on prison camps and forced labor in China, reports and directives from the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, and many others.” (Harvard University Press)

An 800-page compendium of the crimes of Communist regimes worldwide, recorded and analyzed in ghastly detail by a team of scholars. The facts and figures, some of them well known, others newly confirmed in hitherto inaccessible archives, are irrefutable. The myth of the well-intentioned founders--the good czar Lenin betrayed by his evil heirs--has been laid to rest for good. No one will any longer be able to claim ignorance or uncertainty about the criminal nature of Communism, and those who had begun to forget will be forced to remember anew.
--Tony Judt, New York Times

When The Black Book of Communism appeared in Europe in 1997 detailing communism's crimes, it created a furor. Scrupulously documented and soberly written by several historians, it is a masterful work. It is, in fact, a reckoning. With this translation by Jonathan Murphy and Mark Kramer, English-language readers may now see for themselves what all the commotion was about.
--Jacob Heilbrunn, Wall Street Journal

The Black Book of Communism, which is finally appearing in English, is an extraordinary and almost unspeakably chilling book. It is a major study that deepens our understanding of communism and poses a philosophical and political challenge that cannot be ignored. The book's central argument, copiously documented and repeated in upwards of a dozen different essays, is that the history of communism should be read above all as the history of an all-out assault on society by a series of conspiratorial cliques led by cruel dictators (Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim II Sung, Pol Pot, and dozens of imitators) who were murderously drunk on their own ideology and power...Courtois and his collaborators have performed a signal service by gathering in one volume a global history of communism's crimes from the Soviet Union to China, from the satellite countries of Eastern-Europe to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and North Korea, and to a lesser degree in Latin America and Africa...The Black Book is enormously impressive and utterly convincing.
--Michael Scammell, New Republic

To the extent that the book has a literary style, it is that of the recording angel; this is the body count of a colossal, wholly failed social, economic, political and psychological experiment. It is a criminal indictment, and it rightly reads like one.
--Alan Ryan, New York Times Book Review

Most sensible adults are aware of communism's human toll in the Soviet Union and elsewhere--the forced starvations in the Ukraine, the Great Purge of the 1930s, the Gulag, the insanity of China's Great Cultural Revolution, Pol Pot's murder of one in every seven Cambodians, Fidel Castro's firing squads and prisons. All these horrors are now brought together in what the French scholar Martin Mali, in his foreword, calls a 'balance sheet of our current knowledge of communism's human costs, archivally based where possible and elsewhere drawing on the best available secondary evidence'...The book is all the more damning because each of the contributing scholars is either a former communist or close fellow traveler...That The Black Book infuriated the French left is a sure mark of its intrinsic worth.
--Joseph C. Goulden, Washington Times

The Black Book is a groundbreaking effort by a group of French scholars to document the human costs of Communism in the 20th century. Its publication caused a sensation in France when it was first released in 1997, but Americans were not able to see for themselves what the furor was all about until October 1999, when Harvard University Press finally released an English translation. It was worth the wait. Taking advantage of many newly available archives in former Communist states, the authors (many of them former Communists themselves) have meticulously recorded the crimes, terror and repression inflicted by Communist regimes across the world. It is a powerful work.
--Mark A. Thiessen, National Review

The authors of The Black Book of Communism are part of a welcome change in the moral-philosophical landscape in Paris, and one hopes elsewhere, as a result of which liberal and left-of-center intellectuals, scholars and politicians judge the crimes of communist regimes with the same severity they've applied to those of Nazism and fascism.
--Jeffrey Herf, Washington Post Book World

Arguing with the passion of former believers, [the contributors] charge that communism was a criminal system. They all make the case well.
--Foreign Affairs

Now The Black Book of Communism is available in English, thanks to a stellar edition from Harvard University Press that appeared late last year, with an excellent introduction by Martin Malia, professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley.
--Stephen Goode, Insight

This black book has been a best seller across Europe. It details all the misery inflicted by Communism throughout the world: 25 million dead in the Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia...Not a pleasant book, a necessary one.
--David Sexton, Evening Standard

A sober and balanced piece of work. [The Black Book of Communism] is particularly good on the origins of the Soviet police state under Lenin and on Stalin's Great Terror. It should be read by anyone who still has illusions that the Bolshevik revolution was a good thing--and anyone who believes that something worthwhile was lost when the Berliners destroyed the Wall 10 years ago.
--Paul Anderson, The Tribune

A serious, scholarly history of Communist crimes in the Soviet Union, Eastern and Western Europe, China, North Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Africa, and Latin America...The Black Book does indeed surpass many of its predecessors in conveying the grand scale of the Communist tragedy, thanks to its authors' extensive use of the newly opened archives of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
--Anne Applebaum, Weekly Standard

A generally even-toned and informative book, and one that will serve as a healthy dose of medication for those still afflicted by a wish to treat the Bolshevik revolution as a mistake, however monumental, or something that 'had to happen'...The Black Book's guiding purpose is to cut through the dense tissue of apologetics that has been deployed in the communist interest, both those devised in the thick of repression and those added after the collapse.
--Ben Webb, New Times

The Black Book of Communism] consists of scholarly yet readable (and superbly translated) essays, some based on recently opened Soviet archives, and covers the communist revolutions in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, including Cuba...The Black Book [is] a most important volume of contemporary history produced by a group of French Sovietologists...On finishing this magnificent volume, it is impossible not to see that in three-quarters of a century Soviet communism had left nothing behind except death and destruction.
--Arnold Beichman, Weekend Post

The heart of the Black Book is a compilation and description--in mesmerizing objective prose-- of the slaughters visited upon populations around the world by communist dictators in the 20th century...The Black Book is an elegantly simple and valuable record of a time many would like to forget--but will have to deal with.
--John Omicinski, Scottsdale Tribune

I can't think of any book that would be more important for Americans to read. If you are going to read only one book this year, make it The Black Book of Communism. This is an 800-page history of the terror, repression and killings of communism stretching from the Bolshevik Revolution to the present. Written by scholars who are ex-communists or former fellow travelers, the book establishes beyond doubt that communism is the greatest crime against humanity in the 20th century.
--Charley Reese, The Sentine

An important scholarly achievement of exhaustive breadth based on new archival material from the Stalin era...This impressive and important book is well worth the price.
--Zachary T. Irwin, Library Journal

A unique attempt by French historians--as important in its way as the works of Solzhenitsyn--to chronicle the crimes of communism wherever it has attained power in the world. Not the least remarkable thing about this book is that this is the first time such a study has been made. For the cumulative toll of victims of communist rule, estimated by the authors at between 85 and 100 million, dwarfs even the crimes of the Nazis...A devastating and important book, already hailed in Europe, and the more harrowing for its sobriety.
--Kirkus Reviews

In France, this damning reckoning of communism's worldwide legacy was a bestseller that sparked passionate arguments among intellectuals of the Left. Courtois, along with the other distinguished French and European contributors, delivers a fact-based, mostly Russia-centered wallop that will be hard to refute: town burnings, mass deportations, property seizures, family separations, mass murders, planned famines--all chillingly documented from conception to implementation.
--Publishers Weekly

In the end, the Black Book's body counts--necessary as they are--are less important than the soul-destroying connections between Marxist idealism and the violence committed in its name.
--Lawrence Osborne, salon.com

The publishing sensation in France this winter (1999) has been an austere academic tome, Le Livre Noir du Communisme, detailing Communism's crimes from Russia in 1917 to Afghanistan in 1989...[The Black Book of Communism] gives a balance sheet of our present knowledge of Communism's human costs, archivally based where possible, and otherwise drawing on the best secondary works, and with due allowance for the difficulties of quantification. Yet austere though this inventory is, its cumulative impact is overwhelming. At the same time, the book advances a number of important analytical points.
--Martin Malia, Times Literary Supplement

Reviews of the Black Book from:
The Wall Street Journal
American Enterprise
Human Events
Cahners Magazine
The Weekly Standard
Foreign Affairs
The Booklist
History
The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies
The American Spectator


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  • "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty"

    John F. Kennedy

  • Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off”

    Ayn Rand

  • "Though something may be true, if not widely known, it cannot be considered fact."

    Liberal Logic

  • "In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man - if you want anything done, ask a woman"

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “There’s only one kind of patriotism, and that’s the kind that loves and supports – not loathes and fears – America”

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

    Winston Churchill

  • "A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "Don't steal - The government hates competition"

  • "It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense"

    Mark Twain

  • “I am an ignorant American and proud to be in the majority.”

  • "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

  • "If you choose public service, choose it to serve the public, not your bank account. When you're done serving, go home. Get a real job."

    Jack Abramoff

  • “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves”

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer”

    Ludwig von Mises

  • "If voting made a difference they wouldn't let us do it."

    Mark Twain

  • "Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late."

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

  • "That which we call sin in others is experiment for us."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "I'll bet you never dreamed you'd look back at Jimmy Carter as the good old days."

    Mitt Romney

  • "I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials."

    George Mason

  • "Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief"

    Joseph Addison

  • “When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already....”

    Adolph Hitler

  • "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “A woman's outfit should be like a barbed-wire fence - serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”

    Sophia Loren

  • “If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves”

    Thomas Sowell (1992)

  • People once came to America to GIVE all that they had, to become all that they could. Now they come only to TAKE all that they can.

    WAG

  • "A great man never ignores the simplicity of a child"

    Chinese fortune cookie

  • "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “Worse than evil is the apathy that allows it”

  • "It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them"

    Alfred Adler

  • “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try and take it.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “The tragedy in life is not reaching your goals, it is to have no goals to achieve”

  • "I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar"

    Robert Brault

  • “Accept the past, look to the future, live in the present”

  • “A person who lives by logic and studies history and tries to implement the lessons learned by history cannot begin to rationally explain the conduct of this president or his attorney general or this administration,” Nugent said. “It is psychotic, it is crazy, it is illogical.”

    Ted Nugent

  • "The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."

    George Washington

  • “It’s better to die a Hero, than live the life of a Coward”

    Charles Woods (father of murdered Benghazi SEAL Tyrone Woods) in a message to President Obama

  • "As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."

    Andrew Carnegie

  • "One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them"

    Mark Twain

  • The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities”

    Ayn Rand

  • "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

    Anonymous

  • "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."

    James Madison

  • "And what is the state but a servant and a convenience for a large number of people, just like the electric light and the plumbing system? And wouldn't it be preposterous to claim that men must exist for their plumbing, not the plumbing for the men"

    Ayn Rand

  • "Profanity is the act of a feeble mind attempting to express itself forcibly"

  • "A woman with a gun can't be beaten"

    GR

  • "If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "I will prepare, and some day my chance will come"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give."

    Unknown

  • “To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will."

    Ronald Reagan

  • “Every time government attempts to handle our affairs, it costs more and the results are worse than if we had handled them ourselves”

    Benjamin Constant, Brazilian statesman

  • “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy”

    James Madison

  • "Agenda 21 is not a "conspiracy theory", it is an Action Plan."

  • "Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money."

    Daniel Webster

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

  • “Tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth”

    Joseph Goebbels

  • “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

    James Madison

  • “Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.”

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”

  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

    Nelson Mandela

  • "Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity"

    Karl Marx

  • "Sports do not build character, they reveal it."

  • “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them"

    George Mason

  • "The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes"

    Thomas Paine

  • "Find something that you love, and you will never work a day in your life"

  • "Liberals have two sets of rules – one for the average Joe, the ordinary American who they have contempt for and don’t have much faith in, and another set of rules for themselves"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives"

    Mark Twain

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

  • "I don’t know what my future holds, but have faith in whose hands it’s held."

  • "To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge."

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • “Nothing in the world will take the place of persistence … and determination”

    Calvin Coolidge

  • "It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously"

    Oscar Wilde

  • "Thinking was OUTLAWED in the 1980's. The first time you think is the last time you are a Democrat.”

    Evan Sayet

  • Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

    William Pitt

  • "Wise men learn from their mistakes, wiser men learn from the mistakes of others"

  • "Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed often, and for the same reason."

    Mark Twain

  • "The great ignorant failure of the left: Though it has learned how to get elected, it has not learned how to govern."

    Daniel Greenfield

  • Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."

    James Bovard

  • "A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it."

  • "Rather than being a selfless act of service, becoming a politician is now about enriching oneself"

    WAG

  • "Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God"

  • "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear"

    Mark Twain

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

  • "A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "They keep saying, 'A school is supposed to be a safe place!' Yeah well so is a womb."

    Pastor John MacArthur

  • "If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War."

    George Washington

  • “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.”

    Winston Churchill

  • "I love my job, I love fighting for what I believe in, I love having fun while I am doing it, I love reporting stories that the complex refuses to report, I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and famously I enjoy enemies."

    Andrew Breitbart

  • "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Life is not measured by the breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!"

    Unknown

  • "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes"

    Mark Twain

  • "Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government"

    James Madison

  • "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity"

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

  • "Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own"

  • "Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "It is far easier to keep the law abiding in line, than those who disregard the law altogether."

    WAG

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

  • "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research"

  • "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water"

  • "Show me your friends I'll show you your future"

  • "In Washington, second guessing has become second nature"

    George W. Bush

  • "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"

    Albert Einstein

  • "Ronald Reagan pursued those things which he believed in, not necessarily those things which he knew he could win"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "A memorandum is written to protect the writer -- not to inform the reader"

    Dean Acheson

  • Use truth as your anvil, nonviolence as your hammer and anything that does not stand the test when it is brought to the anvil of truth and hammered with nonviolence, reject it.”

    Mohandas K. Gandhi

  • “One must indoctrinate a child while he still fits width-wise on the bed.”

    Soviet Union saying

  • “The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it.”

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • “The American people are the passengers aboard the Titanic… And Obama is at the helm.”

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

  • "That which does not destroy me, makes me stronger"

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • “It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "This year will go down in history; for the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"

    Adolph Hitler (1935)

  • "Sometimes, it's what you do not do, that makes you who you are"

  • “Capitalism is a system whereby the rich are powerful. Communism and Socialism are systems where the powerful are rich.”

  • “To be fair, we should all be allowed our own set of facts, truth be dammed”

    WAG

  • “Better to deny a child some of life’s wants and pleasures, than to deny them a brother or sister.”

    Pope Saint John Paul II

  • "Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian."

    Henry Ford

  • "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "If you can’t explain what you're doing in simple English, you’re probably doing something wrong"

    Alfred Kazin

  • "A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it."

    Samuel Johnson

  • "The Constitution shall never be construed....to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."

    Samuel Adams

  • "Why is it that so many individuals place their trust in people to solve the very problems which those people created in the first place?"

    WAG

  • "We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."

    George Orwell

  • “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets”

    Will Rogers

  • "History will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "The idea of war is not to die for your country. It's to make the other poor S.O.B. die for his"

    General George Patton

  • "The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread"

  • "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value"

    Albert Einstein

  • "Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step"

    Dr. Martin Luther King

  • "I have more guns than I need but fewer than I want"

    Mike Adams

  • "Ask why until you understand"

  • “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them...”

    Arthur C. Clarke

  • "If we agreed 100 percent of the time, one of us wouldn't be necessary"

  • “Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end.”

  • “If you laid all the economists in the world end to end, they would not reach a conclusion”

  • “Ignorance is an asset, when common among the majority.”

    WAG

  • "I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you"

  • "Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience"

  • "The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese"

  • “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

  • "For the saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished freedom is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while there was still time."

    George Sutherland

  • “In a free country the monetary unit rests upon a fixed foundation of gold or gold and silver, independent of the ruling politicians.”

    Howard Buffett

  • "Some goals are so worthy, it's glorious even to fail"

  • "Modern day liberalism is a disease that literally has the power to poison the character of those who fall under its spell"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Few men think, yet all will have opinions"

    George Berkeley

  • “It is not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children, but to provide them a road map”

  • "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it"

    Upton Sinclair

  • “I know enough to know, there is so much that I do not know”

  • "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter"

    Mark Twain

  • "Socialism needs two legs on which to stand; a right and a left. While appearing to be in complete opposition to one another, they both march in the same direction"

    Paul Proctor

  • The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it"

    Albert Einstein

  • "What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul"

    Yiddish Proverb

  • "If it ain't broken, fix it until it is"

    Government Motto

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

  • Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred."

    Jacques Barzun

  • "I am an American voter, ignorant of my ignorance."

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

  • "Wings on a Pig Don't Make It an Eagle."

  • “We always have enough time to do a job a second time – and never enough time to do it right the first time”

  • "I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds. ... I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution"

    Grover Cleveland

  • "Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom."

    Anatole France

  • "America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."

    Josef Stalin

  • "Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive."

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "Something that can’t go on forever, won’t."

    Herb Stein (Economist)

  • "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so"

    Mark Twain

  • "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “It’s unprofessional to confuse loyalty with integrity”

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

  • "We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays."

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

  • “The reason the charge of having a double standard never sticks against liberal/progressives, is because they have no standards to begin with.”

    WAG

  • "If you're not out there upsetting idiots, you just might be yourself an idiot"

    Ted Nugent

  • “A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.”

    Edgar J. Mohn

  • “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains”

    Winston Churchill

  • “It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

    Thomas Sowell

  • “Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half”

  • "That may be a FACT, but it’s still just your opinion"

    Liberal when confronted with reality

  • “No republic has long outlived the discovery by a majority of its people that they could vote themselves largesse from the public treasury”

    Alexander Tytler

  • “I used to pray for somebody to speak out, to stand up and defend our liberties, … then I realized I am somebody.”

  • "The more one worries, the older one gets; the more one laughs, the younger one feels"

    Chinese proverb

  • "A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims”

    Ayn Rand

  • "I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees."

    American Patriot

  • "Never trust a government that doesn't trust its own citizens with guns"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "The man that sets out to change the world without first changing himself is a fool"

  • "A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one"


    Alexander Hamilton

  • "Police in Austria are looking for a bank robber who wears a Sarah Palin mask while committing robberies. He started out with a Barack Obama mask, but no one took him seriously"

    Jay Leno

  • "Make sure the government treats others the same, as you would want the government to treat you. … Once you consent to the government ignoring the Constitution, you deny yourself the protection of the Constitution”

    Charley Reese

  • When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Eternity Voter Card……. Don’t leave this life without it"

  • "Sometimes you do have to go backwards before you can move forward"

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

  • "Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat"

    Mark Twain

  • "Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life"

    Mark Twain

  • "The main thing in one’s own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry"

    Maya Angelou

  • Scheme: “To be shady or otherwise use intellectual power to deceive or carry out a plan for a personal interest. To plan to do something to get someone’s money, most often by cheating.”

  • "Everything the Democrats do is the result of a political calculation designed to take advantage of something going wrong"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "I am a simple man who happens to still possess what at one time was all too common….. A thing called sense."

  • "Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Nothing is more destructive to a democracy than ignorance and an uniformed citizenry"

  • "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself."

    Tullius Cicero

  • "Al Gore proved that you can win the Presidential election without a single Southern state"

    John Kerry

  • “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • “In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of citizens to give to the other”

    Voltaire (1764)

  • "Every morning is the dawn of a new error."

  • "If Mother Nature doesn’t get you, Father Time will"

  • "Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work."

    Thomas Edison

  • "A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain"

    Robert Frost

  • "Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “It is not heroes that make history, but history that makes heroes.”

    Joseph Stalin

  • “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all"

    John F. Kennedy

  • "Funny term “progressive” – oxymoron if ever I heard one when used to describe an ideology so destructive to the liberties and freedoms of the individual."

    WAG

  • "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.”

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

  • “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”

    Antonio Porchia

  • “Men who so uneasily tolerate superiors patiently suffer a master, and show themselves proud and servile at the same time.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Progressivism is an illness and should be treated as such….. Institutionalize them all."

  • “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic”

  • "A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read"

    Mark Twain

  • "Blaming guns for spree killings is like blaming short skirts for rape."

  • “The University campus is the only place where everything that a parent has taught a young person for 18 years is completely undermined in one semester of their freshman year"

    Kevin McCullough

  • "What this country needs are more unemployed politicians."

    Edward Langley (artist)

  • "Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one"

    Mark Twain

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

  • "Before you open your mouth to speak, please make sure it's an improvement upon the silence"

  • “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it”

    Henry David Thoreau

  • "The woman’s mission is not to enhance the masculine spirit, but to express the feminine; hers is not to preserve a man-made world, but to create a human world by the infusion of the feminine element into all of its activities.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “Don't ever argue with an idiot.... they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience"

    Anonymous

  • "Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt."

    Sam Adams

  • "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation"

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

  • "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Yesterday is history; Tomorrow is a mystery: Today is a gift, that’s why we call it the Present"

    Winnie the Pooh

  • “First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

    Pastor Martin Niemöller

  • “Gold is important, but so are guns and ammunition, and it’s the guys with the guns and ammunition that’ll get the gold in the end”

  • “May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past”

  • "Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin"

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."

    Patrick Henry

  • “Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws”

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

  • "Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "When you give a monkey the choice between an addictive drug and food, it will starve to death."

    Rick Perry

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

  • "Don’t tell me how ruff the water is – just bring in the ship."

  • "Plan ahead, Noah didn’t build the Ark in a storm"

  • "It is said that all humor has a little bit of truth to it. Sarcasm, it is said, often contains a lot of truth with the thinnest veneer of humor."

  • At that point when we put America first, will be the time that this nation begins to heal itself”

    WAG

  • "The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think"

  • "A liberal is a person whose interests aren't at stake, at the moment"

    Willis Player

  • “The Nine most feared words – I am with the government and here to help”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Lies influence the ignorant, and inflame the informed"

    WAG

  • "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "There are times in one’s life, and in a nation’s life, where siting on the sidelines just isn’t an option."

    WAG

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

  • "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure."

    Mark Twain

  • "Those who have been intoxicated with power... can never willingly abandon it"

    Edmund Burke

  • "Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity - in short, of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

    Voltaire

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

  • “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation”

    James Madison

  • "We are a government of laws, and not of men"

    John Adams

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "A nation of sheep will get a government of wolves"

    Edward R. Murrow

  • "The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.”

    Ronald Reagan

  • “Society is endangered not by the great profligacy of a few, but by the laxity of morals amongst all.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

    Socrates

  • "The government that can give you everything you want, can take everything that you have"

  • "Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos."

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

  • "At least the federal governments is there to hand you a crutch after it breaks your leg, right?"

  • "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left"

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

  • "That to which we aspire, though cannot attain, we often tear down"

    WAG

  • "The most valuable thing you can spend on your children is your time"

  • "BEER: "I" before "E," except in Budweiser."

    Professor Irwin Corey

  • “If government didn’t create problems they’d be left will none to solve”

    WAG

  • "Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it"

    Mark Twain

  • “Great men set out not to be great, but to do great things”

  • Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

    George Washington

  • "For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know."

  • "No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"

    Edmund Burke

  • "Mama used to say, dig faster, you’ll get to the bottom sooner (rather than later)."

  • “The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates"

    Tacitus

  • "The more I know, the more I realize how much I don’t know."

  • "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance."

    James Madison

  • “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything”

    Mark Twain

  • "Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind"

    Hugo Black

  • "Luck is at the intersection of preparation and opportunity."

    Luck

  • “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery”

    Winston Churchill

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

  • “No matter how fast a lie is, the truth will catch up with her.”

    Dutch Proverb

  • "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

    George Santayana

  • Nothing could be more dangerous to the existence of this Republic than to introduce religion into politics”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated"

    Mohandas Gandhi

  • ''Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.''

    Charlotte

  • “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • "Those ignorant of history are condemned to repeat it."

  • “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Destroy the family, you destroy the country."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "We don't let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "If you really want to judge a man's character, give him power"

  • "It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge."

    Enrico Fermi

  • “You cannot strengthen the weak, by weakening the strong.”

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "There has never been a golden age of liberty, and there never will be. People who value freedom will always have to defend it from those who claim the right to wield power over others."

    David Boaz

  • "Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference"

  • "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic."

    John F. Kennedy

  • “When the desire for success, overcomes the fear of failure, great things can be achieved”

    WAG

  • "Influence peddling and corruption are bipartisan sins: those out of power allege them, those in power commit them"

  • "Democracy is the worst form of government except all others"

    Winston Churchill

  • "Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get"

    Mark Twain

  • "An armed man is a citizen; a disarmed man is a subject"

  • “American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it”

    Dave Barry

  • "A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again."

  • "Ignorance truly is a choice…….. in this age of information."

    WAG

  • “Do you think you would ever have heard of Christianity if the Apostles had gone out and said, ‘I believe in consensus?’”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of anyone else”

  • "Terrorism is the weapon of the weak, against the strong"

  • "Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied"

    Mark Twain

  • "All the perplexities, confusion and distresses in America arise not from defects in the constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation."

    John Adams

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

  • "May your troubles be less, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door"

  • “It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress”

    Mark Twain

  • "The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free."

    Jerry Pournelle

  • "If you cannot prove a lie is a lie, is it then the truth?"

    WAG

  • "I’ve had my fun and I didn’t enjoy it"

  • "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • "Logic is an enemy and truth is a menace"

    Rod Serling

  • "There are two ways of doing things: the right way, and the way they do it in Washington"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

    Thomas Paine

  • "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."

    Paul Horning

  • "Ignorance is a choice one makes, often with happiness being the desired outcome. They are however mutually exclusive.”

    WAG

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

  • "Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones"

    Phillip Brooks

  • "He who would give up a little liberty in return for a little security deserves neither liberty nor security"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Law, once a shield of the innocent, is now a weapon in the hands of government"

    Paul Craig Roberts

  • "For a representative republic to prosper, much less survive, its citizens must be both informed and engaged."

    WAG

  • “The path to perfection, the loftiest goal, is success in and of itself”

  • "We are great because we are good"

  • "A lie is not a lie if you call it the truth."

  • “Always speak the truth, and you will never be concerned with your memory”

  • "One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors."

    Plato

  • "No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Laughing at oneself is often the best source of humor"

    WAG

  • “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last”

    Winston Churchill

  • "It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Remove one freedom per generation, and soon you will have no freedom and no one would have noticed."

    Karl Marx

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

  • “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed”

    Joseph Stalin

  • “Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.”

    Otto von Bismarck

  • "Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerly exercised for the good of its victims may be the most opressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

    C. S. Lewis

  • "The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that aren't true”

    Mark Twain

  • "Reputation is what others perceive you to be. Character is what you are"

    John Wooden

  • "Courage is not the absence of fear but the presence of faith."

  • “The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about”

  • "Why would anyone save for tomorrow, if tomorrow, that which you can buy today, will be so much more expensive. Therein lies the problem. Therein lies the plan."

    WAG

  • "The progressive mind is as deep as the pavement puddle"

    WAG

  • "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it."

    Frederic Bastiat

  • "Life's about the journey, not a destination."

    Anne Coleman

  • “The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it”

    Ayn Rand

  • "Republicans in Washington have shown that the word ‘cave’ is a noun in places like Afghanistan, but it’s a verb in places like Congress"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

  • "Knowledge is the source of Wealth. Applied to tasks we already know, it becomes Productivity. Applied to tasks that are new, it becomes Innovation"

    Peter Drucker

  • “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

    John F. Kennedy

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "The best thing you can do for the poor is not become one"

    Reverend Ike

  • "Look to Government to solve most problems. Often going to the source is the best solution"

    WAG

  • “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 knowing how it happened”

    Norman Thomas - Socialist Party Presidential candidate (1976)

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

  • “GOD may not lighten my load, but HE will strengthen my back.”

  • “I may be ignorant, but I’m in the majority”

    American Citizen

  • "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it."

  • "Rights are granted by the individual, or governmental agency, that signs your welfare check"

    WAG

  • “There's nothing better than a friend ... unless it's a friend with chocolate.”

    Charles Dickens

  • “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there”

    John Wooden

  • “Success in business, as in life, requires character, confidence, consistency, commitment and courage. It's a marathon, not a sprint"

  • "A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks"

    Charles Gordy

  • "He who fails to prepare, prepares for failure"

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

  • “America is the best half-educated country in the world”

    Nicholas Murray Butler

  • "Bureaucracy is nothing more than the hardening of an organization's arteries"

    William P. Anthony

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

  • "Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable"

    Mark Twain

  • “Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.”

    John Wayne

  • "One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective - election and power are"

    Cal Thomas

  • Common Sense: “when we remove the sense, it becomes all too common”

    WAG

  • "What if there was a cure for the disease we call LIBERLISM? There is, and it's called REALITY (one dose daily)."

    WAG

  • "Banning gun shows to reduce violent crime will work about as well as banning auto shows to reduce drunken driving"

    Bill McIntire - NRA Spokesman (1992)

  • "A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour"

  • "The mind is like a parachute, it works best when it is opened"

  • "Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly"

    Robert Schuller

  • "No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Welfare is mistrusted by those who pay for it, and held in contempt by those who receive it"

  • "Better to die on your feet, than live on your knees."

    American Patriot

  • "I know of no way to judge the future but by the past"

  • "Our political parties are broken and have failed miserably. They stand for nothing and will compromise everything”

    David Stockman

  • “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to be stupid.”

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "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

  • "You piss off a conservative by lying. You piss off a liberal by telling the truth."

  • "War does not determine who is right - only who is left"

  • "A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain"

    Mark Twain

  • "It took Teddy Kennedy longer to call the police after his Oldsmobile sunk at Chappaquiddick, than it took the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard"


    Rush Limbaugh

  • "It is far easier to introduce a government program than to get rid of it"

    Milton Friedman

  • “I’m extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "If voting made a difference, it would be illegal"

  • “The honesty of the press is as great an object to society as the freedom of it.”

    Thomas Paine

  • "Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured"

    Mark Twain

  • "Comedy brings out laughter, tragedy fear. Hopelessness leads to despair, sadness a tear. It takes a unique individual who can elicit all of these emotions by the mere mention of their name – Obama is a unique individual"

    WAG

  • “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys”

    P. J. O'Rourke

  • "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today"

    Cherokee proverb

  • "A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders"

    Larry Elder

  • "If you tell the truth often enough, people will come around to believing it"

  • "If I could live my life over again, I wouldn't have time"

    Bob Hope

  • "Only an educated and informed people will be a free people"

    John F. Kennedy

  • “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

    John Adams (1826)

  • "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire"

  • "Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible. He who has trusted where he ought not will surely mistrust where he ought not"

    Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "When we lose GOD, it is not GOD who is lost"

  • “Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency: their sole object is gain”

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "I love to go to Washington, if only to be nearer my money"

    Bob Hope

  • "The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself."

    St. Augustine

  • "Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke off the unused path"

  • "You can entertain without teaching, however cannot teach without entertaining."

  • “Truth is Treason to an Empire Built of Lies.”

  • "When you vote to allow the taking of another life, you are complicit in the taking of that life."

  • "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "A good day is when no one shows up and you don't have to go anywhere."

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

  • "You can't have freedom of speech, and at the same time have people not being offended"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "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

  • “Give me control over a man's economic actions, and hence over his means of survival, and except for a few occasional heroes, I'll promise to deliver to you men who think and write and behave as I want them to”

    Benjamine A. Rooge

  • "Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce."

    James A. Garfield

  • "It is never too late to be what you might have been"

    George Eliot

  • "You can not raise the weak, by holding down the strong"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list"

  • "Just because someone says something that’s not factual, does not mean it’s not truthful, if they believe what they are saying."

    Liberal Logic

  • May Americans' thirst for the truth, never be quenched."

    WAG

  • “To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth”

  • "A joy shared is doubled, a sorrow shared is halved"

  • "One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others."

    Moliere

  • "One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors"

    Plato

  • "The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese"

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

  • "Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."

    John Adams

  • “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.”

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justice)

  • "Until such time that compassion is measured by helping people to help themselves, we will only ensure the enslavement of others, in the very name of compassion"

    WAG

  • "No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut"

    Sam Rayburn

  • “Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation”

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

  • "Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its trouble - it empties today of its strength"

  • "Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical"

    Yogi Berra

  • “The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”

    James Madison

  • "If you’re not getting flack, you’re not over the target"

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "We now have more people in the business of preparing tax returns than we have in the … army”

    Dick Cheney

  • "I could give up chocolate but I'm no quitter!"

  • “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

    Mark Twain

  • “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves”

    Winston Churchill

  • "When the Federal Reserve cites statistics to claim that there is not much evidence of inflation, we need to keep in mind that the statistics they rely on exclude food and energy prices. The cost of living is no sweat if you can do without electricity and food."

    Thomas Sowell

  • “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years you would have a shortage of sand.”

    Milton Friedman

  • "One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it"

    Knute Rockne

  • "To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace"

    George Washington

  • Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.”

    Confucius

  • "Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality"

    Ayn Rand

  • “When injustice becomes law, then resistance becomes duty.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Governments have killed more innocent people than all the wars combined. 170 MILLION in the 20th Century alone."

  • "I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees"

  • “Liberalism is not really a political philosophy. Instead, it is a state of arrested emotional development. It is a way of thinking, which leads to no place in the real world. It is a place existing only in the imagination”

    Mike S. Adams

  • "Truth has no agenda"

  • "Sometimes things are so obvious, they appear unbelievable."

    WAG

  • "Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrong if it's done by nice people like ourselves."

    Author Unknown

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily"

    George Washington

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go"

  • "I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.”

    Pietro Aretino

  • "It is so much more difficult to manipulate people when they are educated and enlightened"

    WAG

  • "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted"


    Vladimir Lenin

  • "I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "Does reality influence the news, or is it the news that influences reality?"

    WAG

  • "If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too."

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

  • "Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back"

  • "Public sector employment....... because it sure beats work."

  • "Knowledge is a powerful tool. Without it, a powerful tool one becomes."

    WAG

  • “Bureaucracy -- the organizational weaknesses that cause smart people to make dumb decisions”

  • “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

  • “An individual who believes their lies cannot be considered a liar.”

    Progressive apologist

  • "Tis curious that we only believe as deeply as we live."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “The one (a president) can confer no privileges whatever; the other (the king) can make denizens of aliens, noblemen of commoners; can erect corporations with all the rights incident to corporate bodies.”

    Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 69

  • “It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”

    Henry Louis Mencken

  • "Money is like manure; If you spread it around, it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place, it stinks like hell"

    Clint Murchison

  • “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

    Aldous Huxley

  • "I do benefits for all religions - I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality"

    Bob Hope

  • "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results."

    Milton Friedman

  • "Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

    George Washington

  • "The difference between genius and stupidity is genius has its limits."

    Albert Einstein

  • "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it"

    William Arthur Ward

  • “Society was cut in two: those who had nothing united in common envy; those who had anything united in common terror.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party"

    Winston Churchill

  • "Every time Congress makes a joke, it’s a law. And every time it makes a law, it’s a joke"

    Will Rogers

  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • “When the power of Love overcomes the love of Power, the world will know PEACE”

    Jimi Hendrix

  • "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid."

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • "We are fast approaching a time when the majority sign the back of the check, rather than the front"

  • “The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie”

    Ann Landers

  • “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it”

    Margaret Sanger (Founder of Planned Parenthood)

  • "Corrupt government is host to many ironies, but three are paramount: SUCCESS is a liability, FAILURE is an asset, and as long as the INTENTIONS are pure in the public mind, better funding follows failure, not success."

  • "It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people."

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

  • "Success is never final. Failure is never fatal."

  • "I'm not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil"

    Ephesians 6:11

  • “The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled.”

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program"

    Milton Friedman

  • "If you tell a lie, but have a good reason for telling that lie, then it really is not a lie."

    WAG

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

  • "He does not believe who does not live according to his belief."

    Thomas Fuller

  • “Man is not free unless government is limited … As government expands, liberty contracts”

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Be good, stay healthy, and laugh often."

    WAG

  • "I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine"

    Ayn Rand

  • "Who better to solve a problem then the people responsible for creating it in the first place."

    WAG

  • “The power to tax is the power to destroy”

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  • "it is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not advice, it is merely custom"

    Mark Twain

  • "A man of quality is never threatened by a woman of equality"

  • "Ask not that GOD be on our side, insist that we be on His"

    WAG

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

  • “To possess a memory is to be blessed with a priceless good. It is our link to the past, our guidepost to the present and our passport to the future”

  • "The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see"

    Ayn Rand

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

  • “When I refuse to obey an unjust law, I do not contest the right of the majority to command, but I simply appeal from the sovereignty of the people to the sovereignty of mankind.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “We can state with conviction, therefore, that a man's support for absolute government is in direct proportion to the contempt he feels for his country.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries."

    Douglas Casey

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

  • "No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • “A man's reputation is the opinion people have of him; his character is what he really is."

    Jack Miner

  • "Spend other people's money as though it was your own"

    WAG

  • "Statistics are not meant to inform, but to deceive"

    WAG

  • "The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time"

    Mark Twain

  • "There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots, the other is wings"

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

  • "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything You gave me"

    Erma Bombeck

  • "Tis better to be ignorant and happy, than informed and upset"

    WAG

  • "You're never too old to learn something stupid"

  • "Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy"

  • “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition"

  • "How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think"

    Adolf Hitler

  • "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

    Winston Churchill

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • “Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society.”

    Aristotle

  • "It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man."

    Psalm 118:8

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar"

    Mark Twain

  • "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance."

    Cicero, 55 BC

  • ”The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil...”

    Isaiah 5:20

  • "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow"

    Mark Twain

  • "Belief in a falsehood does not make it true"

    WAG

  • "A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory"

  • “Finding your purpose in life begins with Faith, Hope, and Charity”

  • "The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."

    Mohandas Gandhi

  • "The last time France needed more proof it rolled through the streets of Paris in the form of a German tank"

    David Letterman

  • "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect"

    Mark Twain

  • "When you find you are digging yourself into a hole, dig faster, you’ll get to your destination sooner”

    WAG

  • "Today, too many polititians seek public office rather than public service."

  • “I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.”

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

  • "The only real power comes out of a long rifle"

    Joseph Stalin

  • “It’s a funny thing about free speech: It can’t be just for your political friends. If freedom means anything, it is the one valuable gift you have to give to your worst enemies, in order to keep it for yourself”

    Doug Christie

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

  • "Don't let schooling interfere with your education"

    Mark Twain

  • “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”

    James Madison

  • "The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in time of great moral crisis"

    Dante Alighieri

  • "Golf scores are directly proportional to the number of witnesses"

  • "Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks"

    Doug Larson

  • "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day."

    Lyndon B. Johnson

  • “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "Government can solve nearly any problem. After all, they created most of them."

    WAG

  • "Statistics are not intended to enlighten, but instead to deceive"

    WAG

  • "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest”

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy"

    Winston Churchill

  • "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action."

    Ian Fleming

  • "Without rest, a man cannot work; without work, the rest does not give you any benefit."

    Abkhasian Proverb

  • “The choices we make reveal the true nature of our character.”

  • "The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little"

    Mark Twain

  • “It isn't what people think that is important, but the reason they think what they think."

    Eugene Ionesco

  • "One of the greatest ironies of our day is that in this age of information, so many are so ignorant"


    WAG

  • "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

    Confucious

  • "It is far easier to control those who obey the law, than to control those who disregard the law altogether."

    WAG

  • "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers. And it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."

    John Jay

  • "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing"

    Albert Einstein

  • "Friends, like life itself, should be cherished ALWAYS!"

    WAG

  • “He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked”

    Voltaire

  • "Liberalism faltered when it turned out it could not cope with the truth"

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

  • "Beer: helping ugly people have sex since 3000 B.C."

    W. C. Fields

  • “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty."

    James Madison

  • “Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead”

    Will Rogers

  • “If no American voted on election day, what would Hillary Clinton’s margin of victory be?”

  • "How the media reports what they report (their bias) is important. What they choose to report (or not report) is equally important"

    WAG

  • "The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas"

  • “Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty"

    Eugene McCarthy

  • "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other"

    John Adams

  • “The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying,"

    Saint Pope John Paul II

  • "Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back"

    Steven Wright

  • "Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent"

    Ayn Rand

  • "TRUTH is a hard, and often bitter, pill to swallow."

    WAG

  • "Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak"

  • “Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed”

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my lords, that where laws end, tyranny begins”

    William Pitt

  • "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy"

    Ernest Benn

  • "Greed, is a great motivator, yet a powerful destroyer."

  • "If we're dealing with Islamic nations, the suspects are Middle Eastern. Some people call that profiling. Law enforcement people would call it a clue."

    Wayne LaPierre

  • “You don’t marry someone you can live with; you marry the person who you cannot live without”

  • I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."

    Alexander the Great

  • "The greatest enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan”

    von Clausewitz

  • "Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine"

    Lord Byron

  • "When you want to help people, you tell the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell people what they want to hear."

    Thomas Sowell

  • "I sincerely believe ... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds"

    Francis Bacon

  • "In faith and hope the world will disagree, but all mankind’s concern is charity"

    Alexander Pope

  • “Truth is like poetry, and most people hate poetry”

  • "In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies."

    Winston Churchill

  • "Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.”

    Aaron Levenstein

  • "If it weren't for my aversion to lying, I’d go into politics."

    WAG

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

  • "The lesson of history is that people never learn the lessons of history."

  • "If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are"

    Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu

  • "Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence"

  • "Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Islam is a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a faith in which God sends his son to die for you"

    John D. Ashcroft

  • “It is not enough to merely be enlightened, one must also be engaged.”

    WAG

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

  • “If you don't have the law, you argue the facts; if you don't have the facts, you argue the law; if you have neither the facts nor the law, then you argue the Constitution”

  • "A bad day on the lake is better than a good day at the office"

  • "Tell me and I forget - Teach me and I remember - Involve me and I learn"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Laws were most numerous when the state was most corrupt"

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • "If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Freedom is never won in a single battle - It must be fought for every day"

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

  • “In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”

    Hunter S. Thompson

  • "The purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect the First Amendment"

  • “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith"

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "The power to unite is stronger than the power to destroy"

    Anonymous

  • "If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed; If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed"

    Mark Twain

  • “If men were angels, no government would be necessary."

    James Madison

  • "It’s not really lying if you know I’m not telling the truth."

    WAG

  • "Nothing beats a failure but the failure to try"

  • "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free"

    P.J. O'Rourke

  • “Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”

    Bertrand Russell

  • "It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future"

    Yogi Berra

  • In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress"

    John Adams

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

  • "You don’t get ahead in life by looking into your rear view mirror"

    WAG

  • “If you have truth on your side, you really don't need to lie”

    Paul Jacob

  • "Try not to become a man of success, but rather, try to become a man of value"

    Albert Einstein

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

  • “The same administration that can’t build a web site, just took over the internet.”

    Brad Thor

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

  • "Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production"

    Ayn Rand

  • “Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it - If it keeps moving, regulate it - And if it stops moving, subsidize it“

    Ronald Reagan

  • You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence"

    C. A. Beard

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

  • "I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure"

  • "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

  • "Life is but an experiment, and we are all lab rats."

    WAG

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

  • "Knowledge is power yes, and often a burden as well"

    WAG

  • "The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."

    James Madison

  • "Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people."

    Wendell Phillips

  • “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."

    Galileo

  • "Saying a gun shoots people is like saying a pencil makes mistakes, or a spoon makes people fat."

  • Ships are safe in harbors, but that's not what ships are for...

  • “If you tax something more, you get less of it. If you subsidize something you get more of it”

  • “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and them misapplying the wrong remedies”

    Groucho Marx

  • "History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own fall"

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

  • “Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • “About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation”

    Will Rogers

  • "A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart"

  • "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"

  • "For when democracy becomes tyranny, those of us with rifles still get to vote"

  • "The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools."

    Herbert Spencer

  • “Only in Washington does a decrease in the proposed increase equal a spending cut”

    Larry Elder

  • "A lie is an untruth told with intent to deceive."

  • "Every member of the State ought diligently to read and to study the Constitution [the documents] of this country...By knowing their rights they will sooner perceive when they are violated and be the better prepared to defend and assert them."

    John Jay, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

  • "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources"

    Albert Einstein

  • "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax"

    Albert Einstein

  • "Japan would never invade the United States. We would find a rifle behind every blade of grass."

    Isoroku Yamamoto

  • "A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it"

    Bob Hope

  • “The satisfaction acquired through giving surpasses those pleasures attained from receiving”

    WAG

  • "The truth is usually pretty simple, but as I’m sure you would agree, finding it in the mainstream media is next to impossible"

    Ann Coulter

  • "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up"

    Mark Twain

  • "With each failure, you move one step closer to success. It’s when you give up that you truly fail."

    Pat Flynn

  • "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Hypocrite: the man who murdered both his parents... pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan."

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them."

    Isaac Asimov

  • "Continuing to do nothing and expecting things to change"

  • "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."

    Charles de Montesquieu

  • "To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target"

  • “The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, ‘See if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk.’”

    Harry Browne

  • "All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance."

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

  • "Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done"

    George W. Bush

  • “Rarely is it said after Senate debate that everything has not been said, rather it is whether every Senator has said it”

  • "Hey, don’t get me wrong. I 'm all for the government (spending) investing our money into “shovel” ready projects, so long as I’m the one selling the shovels."

    WAG

  • “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”

    Orison S. Marden

  • “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

    George Orwell

  • "Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.”

    Aristotle

  • “The first duty of government is the protection of life, not its destruction. The chief purpose of government is to protect life. Abandon that and you have abandoned all.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station"

  • “The Constitution does not grant rights, it recognizes them”

    Jason Laumark

  • "Someone who does not know the difference between good and evil is worth nothing"

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

  • "Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration"

    Thomas Edison

  • "Don't cry because it’s over, smile because it happened"

  • “Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.”

    Napoléon Bonaparte

  • "The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."

    Alexander Hamilton

  • "Inflation rewards debt – and erodes savings. It is legalized counterfeiting, the deliberate creation of money with nothing to back it up."

  • "There’s no such thing as the future, just history that hasn’t happened yet."

    Harry Truman

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it"

    Mark Twain

  • "Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else."

    Frederic Bastiat

  • "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “There is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give it everything”

    Vince Lombardi

  • "In America today, it's considered anti-American to be pro-American"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "Silence is foolish if we are wise, but it is wise if we are foolish"

  • "Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens at the White House, but what happens inside your house"

    Barbara Bush

  • "The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

    Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Taylor - 1816)

  • "Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."

    Aristotle

  • "Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you."

    Pericles (495-429 BC)

  • "If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain"

  • "Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."

    Dave Barry

  • "Apparently, I'm supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what Barack Obama does with mine."

  • “When your talent interests a human need, you are on the path of your life’s purpose”

  • “To be clever enough to get all that money, you must be stupid enough to want it”

    G. K. Chesterton

  • "In the age of information, ignorance is a choice"

    WAG

  • "Of all the enemies of true liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other."

    James Madison

  • “So far consumers are worried about the future. Once they start worrying about the present, we’re in trouble.”

  • "Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “Always love your country — but never trust your government”

    Robert Novak

  • "What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin"

    Mark Twain

  • "The US dollar is backed by little more than confidence. Confidence in people's lack of understanding of how America's monetary system functions."

  • Ineptocracy: (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of achieving, and where the members of society least likely to succeed or even to sustain themselves, are abundantly rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

  • "The more comfortable you make welfare recipients, the more welfare recipients you will have."

    WAG

  • "The experiment of self-government can't work where people do not govern themselves"

    James Madison

  • “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get."

    Dave Gardner

  • “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • "If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf"

    Bob Hope

  • "Should FDR have warned us about Pearl Harbor?"

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured.... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.”

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

  • "Free speech is a two-way street, and if you use it, you'd better be prepared to dodge oncoming traffic"

    Doug Powers

  • "The surest way to destroy a nation is to debauch its currency."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "If most thinking people supported me it still wouldn't be enough. Because in America, you need a majority."

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “If a man doesn’t find something he is willing to die for, he isn’t fit to live”

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend" .

    Martin Luther King, Jr

  • "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results."

    Milton Friedman

  • "It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare"

    Mark Twain

  • "Politics is the only field in which the more experience you have, the worse you get”

    Kinky Friedman

  • “The largest single barrier to full employment of our manpower and resources and to a higher rate of economic growth is the unrealistically heavy drag of federal income taxes on private purchasing power, initiative and incentive.”

    John F. Kennedy - special message to Congress on tax reduction and reform (1/24/63)

  • “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder"

    George Washington

  • "As an American I am not so shocked that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize without any accomplishments to his name, but that America gave him the White House based on the same credentials."

    Newt Gingrich

  • We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public"

  • "The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard"

  • "I oppose the war, but support the troops"

    Liberal Lingo

  • "Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward"

  • “Everybody feels the evil, but no one has courage or energy enough to seek the cure”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning"

    Albert Einstein

  • "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."

    Chinese Proverb

  • "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws"

    Ayn Rand

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top"

  • "An ignorant electorate, every politician's lifeblood."

  • "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth."

    George Washington

  • “I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

  • "Not interested in Left vs. Right. Interested in Right vs. Wrong."

  • "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest"

    Mark Twain

  • “I used to think of Wall Street as a financial center. I now think of it as a crime scene.”

    Danny Schecter

  • “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away”

    Philip K. Dick

  • "The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see"

    Mark Twain

  • "If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.”

    Thomas Sowell

  • "The primary objects of government are the peace, order, and prosperity of society. . . . To the promotion of these objects, particularly in a republican government, good morals are essential."

    Oliver Ellsworth (Supreme Court Chief Justice)

  • "The optimist simply does not have all the facts."

    WAG

  • "In politics, never let facts get in the way of a good story"

    WAG

  • "There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Facts are not liberals' strong suit. Rhetoric is."

    Thomas Sowell

  • “I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said."

    William F. Buckley Jr.

  • It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."

    Ronald Reagan

  • "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “I think the terror most people are concerned with is the IRS”

    Malcolm Forbes (when asked if he was afraid of terrorism)

  • "Let it never be said that failure arose from lack of effort"

  • "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned in life. It goes on."

    Robert Frost

  • "People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge."

    Lao-tzu

  • "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter"

    Mark Twain

  • "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all."

  • "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity"

    Albert Einstein

  • "If you want to protect vital national security secrets from WikiLeaks, just put them in the same vault as Obama's birth certificate"

    Mike Huckabee (a.k.a The Guv)

  • “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

    Edmund Burke

  • "Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means"

    Albert Einstein

  • “There are severe limits to the good that the government can do for the economy, but there are almost no limits to the harm it can do”

    Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate

  • "I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery."

    George Washington

  • "Abortion is not a woman’s rights issue but a human rights issue"

    Kathy Ireland

  • "When people fear government, there is tyranny – When government fears the people, there is liberty"

    Thomas Paine

  • “The very people, who will go to the ends of the earth to defend the most heinous of murderers, do not give a second thought to the taking of an innocent life”

    WAG

  • "Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • “What matters is not the truth, but what we choose (are told) to believe.”

    WAG

  • "Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "A government that requires "integrity provisions" is by definition past the stage where they will do any good."

    Mark Steyn