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Thomas Paine: THE CRISIS
Posted By: Letters on April 17, 2012 08:09 AM in INSPIRATIONAL
Thomas Paine  USHistory.org


"THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

Whether the independence of the continent was declared too soon, or delayed too long, I will not now enter into as an argument; my own simple opinion is, that had it been eight months earlier, it would have been much better. We did not make a proper use of last winter, neither could we, while we were in a dependent state. However, the fault, if it were one, was all our own [NOTE]; we have none to blame but ourselves. But no great deal is lost yet. All that Howe has been doing for this month past, is rather a ravage than a conquest, which the spirit of the Jerseys, a year ago, would have quickly repulsed, and which time and a little resolution will soon recover.

I have as little superstition in me as any man living, but my secret opinion has ever been, and still is, that God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction, or leave them unsupportedly to perish, who have so earnestly and so repeatedly sought to avoid the calamities of war, by every decent method which wisdom could invent. Neither have I so much of the infidel in me, as to suppose that He has relinquished the government of the world, and given us up to the care of devils; and as I do not, I cannot see on what grounds the king of Britain can look up to heaven for help against us: a common murderer, a highwayman, or a house-breaker, has as good a pretence as he.

'Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. All nations and ages have been subject to them. Britain has trembled like an ague at the report of a French fleet of flat-bottomed boats; and in the fourteenth [fifteenth] century the whole English army, after ravaging the kingdom of France, was driven back like men petrified with fear; and this brave exploit was performed by a few broken forces collected and headed by a woman, Joan of Arc. Would that heaven might inspire some Jersey maid to spirit up her countrymen, and save her fair fellow sufferers from ravage and ravishment! Yet panics, in some cases, have their uses; they produce as much good as hurt. Their duration is always short; the mind soon grows through them, and acquires a firmer habit than before. But their peculiar advantage is, that they are the touchstones of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to light, which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered. In fact, they have the same effect on secret traitors, which an imaginary apparition would have upon a private murderer. They sift out the hidden thoughts of man, and hold them up in public to the world. Many a disguised Tory has lately shown his head, that shall penitentially solemnize with curses the day on which Howe arrived upon the Delaware.

As I was with the troops at Fort Lee, and marched with them to the edge of Pennsylvania, I am well acquainted with many circumstances, which those who live at a distance know but little or nothing of. Our situation there was exceedingly cramped, the place being a narrow neck of land between the North River and the Hackensack. Our force was inconsiderable, being not one-fourth so great as Howe could bring against us. We had no army at hand to have relieved the garrison, had we shut ourselves up and stood on our defence. Our ammunition, light artillery, and the best part of our stores, had been removed, on the apprehension that Howe would endeavor to penetrate the Jerseys, in which case Fort Lee could be of no use to us; for it must occur to every thinking man, whether in the army or not, that these kind of field forts are only for temporary purposes, and last in use no longer than the enemy directs his force against the particular object which such forts are raised to defend. Such was our situation and condition at Fort Lee on the morning of the 20th of November, when an officer arrived with information that the enemy with 200 boats had landed about seven miles above; Major General [Nathaniel] Green, who commanded the garrison, immediately ordered them under arms, and sent express to General Washington at the town of Hackensack, distant by the way of the ferry = six miles. Our first object was to secure the bridge over the Hackensack, which laid up the river between the enemy and us, about six miles from us, and three from them. General Washington arrived in about three-quarters of an hour, and marched at the head of the troops towards the bridge, which place I expected we should have a brush for; however, they did not choose to dispute it with us, and the greatest part of our troops went over the bridge, the rest over the ferry, except some which passed at a mill on a small creek, between the bridge and the ferry, and made their way through some marshy grounds up to the town of Hackensack, and there passed the river. We brought off as much baggage as the wagons could contain, the rest was lost. The simple object was to bring off the garrison, and march them on till they could be strengthened by the Jersey or Pennsylvania militia, so as to be enabled to make a stand. We staid four days at Newark, collected our out-posts with some of the Jersey militia, and marched out twice to meet the enemy, on being informed that they were advancing, though our numbers were greatly inferior to theirs. Howe, in my little opinion, committed a great error in generalship in not throwing a body of forces off from Staten Island through Amboy, by which means he might have seized all our stores at Brunswick, and intercepted our march into Pennsylvania; but if we believe the power of hell to be limited, we must likewise believe that their agents are under some providential control.

I shall not now attempt to give all the particulars of our retreat to the Delaware; suffice it for the present to say, that both officers and men, though greatly harassed and fatigued, frequently without rest, covering, or provision, the inevitable consequences of a long retreat, bore it with a manly and martial spirit. All their wishes centred in one, which was, that the country would turn out and help them to drive the enemy back. Voltaire has remarked that King William never appeared to full advantage but in difficulties and in action; the same remark may be made on General Washington, for the character fits him. There is a natural firmness in some minds which cannot be unlocked by trifles, but which, when unlocked, discovers a cabinet of fortitude; and I reckon it among those kind of public blessings, which we do not immediately see, that God hath blessed him with uninterrupted health, and given him a mind that can even flourish upon care.

I shall conclude this paper with some miscellaneous remarks on the state of our affairs; and shall begin with asking the following question, Why is it that the enemy have left the New England provinces, and made these middle ones the seat of war? The answer is easy: New England is not infested with Tories, and we are. I have been tender in raising the cry against these men, and used numberless arguments to show them their danger, but it will not do to sacrifice a world either to their folly or their baseness. The period is now arrived, in which either they or we must change our sentiments, or one or both must fall. And what is a Tory? Good God! What is he? I should not be afraid to go with a hundred Whigs against a thousand Tories, were they to attempt to get into arms. Every Tory is a coward; for servile, slavish, self-interested fear is the foundation of Toryism; and a man under such influence, though he may be cruel, never can be brave.

But, before the line of irrecoverable separation be drawn between us, let us reason the matter together: Your conduct is an invitation to the enemy, yet not one in a thousand of you has heart enough to join him. Howe is as much deceived by you as the American cause is injured by you. He expects you will all take up arms, and flock to his standard, with muskets on your shoulders. Your opinions are of no use to him, unless you support him personally, for 'tis soldiers, and not Tories, that he wants.

I once felt all that kind of anger, which a man ought to feel, against the mean principles that are held by the Tories: a noted one, who kept a tavern at Amboy, was standing at his door, with as pretty a child in his hand, about eight or nine years old, as I ever saw, and after speaking his mind as freely as he thought was prudent, finished with this unfatherly expression, "Well! give me peace in my day." Not a man lives on the continent but fully believes that a separation must some time or other finally take place, and a generous parent should have said, "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;" and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty. Not a place upon earth might be so happy as America. Her situation is remote from all the wrangling world, and she has nothing to do but to trade with them. A man can distinguish himself between temper and principle, and I am as confident, as I am that God governs the world, that America will never be happy till she gets clear of foreign dominion. Wars, without ceasing, will break out till that period arrives, and the continent must in the end be conqueror; for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire.

America did not, nor does not want force; but she wanted a proper application of that force. Wisdom is not the purchase of a day, and it is no wonder that we should err at the first setting off. From an excess of tenderness, we were unwilling to raise an army, and trusted our cause to the temporary defence of a well-meaning militia. A summer's experience has now taught us better; yet with those troops, while they were collected, we were able to set bounds to the progress of the enemy, and, thank God! they are again assembling. I always considered militia as the best troops in the world for a sudden exertion, but they will not do for a long campaign. Howe, it is probable, will make an attempt on this city [Philadelphia]; should he fail on this side the Delaware, he is ruined. If he succeeds, our cause is not ruined. He stakes all on his side against a part on ours; admitting he succeeds, the consequence will be, that armies from both ends of the continent will march to assist their suffering friends in the middle states; for he cannot go everywhere, it is impossible. I consider Howe as the greatest enemy the Tories have; he is bringing a war into their country, which, had it not been for him and partly for themselves, they had been clear of. Should he now be expelled, I wish with all the devotion of a Christian, that the names of Whig and Tory may never more be mentioned; but should the Tories give him encouragement to come, or assistance if he come, I as sincerely wish that our next year's arms may expel them from the continent, and the Congress appropriate their possessions to the relief of those who have suffered in well-doing. A single successful battle next year will settle the whole. America could carry on a two years' war by the confiscation of the property of disaffected persons, and be made happy by their expulsion. Say not that this is revenge, call it rather the soft resentment of a suffering people, who, having no object in view but the good of all, have staked their own all upon a seemingly doubtful event. Yet it is folly to argue against determined hardness; eloquence may strike the ear, and the language of sorrow draw forth the tear of compassion, but nothing can reach the heart that is steeled with prejudice.

Quitting this class of men, I turn with the warm ardor of a friend to those who have nobly stood, and are yet determined to stand the matter out: I call not upon a few, but upon all: not on this state or that state, but on every state: up and help us; lay your shoulders to the wheel; better have too much force than too little, when so great an object is at stake. Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it. Say not that thousands are gone, turn out your tens of thousands; throw not the burden of the day upon Providence, but "show your faith by your works," that God may bless you. It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light. Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to "bind me in all cases whatsoever" to his absolute will, am I to suffer it? What signifies it to me, whether he who does it is a king or a common man; my countryman or not my countryman; whether it be done by an individual villain, or an army of them? If we reason to the root of things we shall find no difference; neither can any just cause be assigned why we should punish in the one case and pardon in the other. Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man. I conceive likewise a horrid idea in receiving mercy from a being, who at the last day shall be shrieking to the rocks and mountains to cover him, and fleeing with terror from the orphan, the widow, and the slain of America.

There are cases which cannot be overdone by language, and this is one. There are persons, too, who see not the full extent of the evil which threatens them; they solace themselves with hopes that the enemy, if he succeed, will be merciful. It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf, and we ought to guard equally against both. Howe's first object is, partly by threats and partly by promises, to terrify or seduce the people to deliver up their arms and receive mercy. The ministry recommended the same plan to Gage, and this is what the tories call making their peace, "a peace which passeth all understanding" indeed! A peace which would be the immediate forerunner of a worse ruin than any we have yet thought of. Ye men of Pennsylvania, do reason upon these things! Were the back counties to give up their arms, they would fall an easy prey to the Indians, who are all armed: this perhaps is what some Tories would not be sorry for. Were the home counties to deliver up their arms, they would be exposed to the resentment of the back counties who would then have it in their power to chastise their defection at pleasure. And were any one state to give up its arms, that state must be garrisoned by all Howe's army of Britons and Hessians to preserve it from the anger of the rest. Mutual fear is the principal link in the chain of mutual love, and woe be to that state that breaks the compact. Howe is mercifully inviting you to barbarous destruction, and men must be either rogues or fools that will not see it. I dwell not upon the vapors of imagination; I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as A, B, C, hold up truth to your eyes.

I thank God, that I fear not. I see no real cause for fear. I know our situation well, and can see the way out of it. While our army was collected, Howe dared not risk a battle; and it is no credit to him that he decamped from the White Plains, and waited a mean opportunity to ravage the defenceless Jerseys; but it is great credit to us, that, with a handful of men, we sustained an orderly retreat for near an hundred miles, brought off our ammunition, all our field pieces, the greatest part of our stores, and had four rivers to pass. None can say that our retreat was precipitate, for we were near three weeks in performing it, that the country might have time to come in. Twice we marched back to meet the enemy, and remained out till dark. The sign of fear was not seen in our camp, and had not some of the cowardly and disaffected inhabitants spread false alarms through the country, the Jerseys had never been ravaged. Once more we are again collected and collecting; our new army at both ends of the continent is recruiting fast, and we shall be able to open the next campaign with sixty thousand men, well armed and clothed. This is our situation, and who will may know it. By perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue; by cowardice and submission, the sad choice of a variety of evils — a ravaged country — a depopulated city — habitations without safety, and slavery without hope — our homes turned into barracks and bawdy-houses for Hessians, and a future race to provide for, whose fathers we shall doubt of. Look on this picture and weep over it! and if there yet remains one thoughtless wretch who believes it not, let him suffer it unlamented." -- Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776) 


Thomas Paine  USHistory.org

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

    WAG

  • "When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use"

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Joseph Goebbels

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Thomas Edison

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

  • "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

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

  • "If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong"

  • “A goal without a plan is just a wish”

    Larry Elder

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

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

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

    John Wooden

  • "All receive advice - only the wise profit from it"

    Syrus

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

    P. J. O'Rourke

  • "If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

    George Washington

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • “I fear not the individual who occupies the Oval Office, but the people who elected him to that office.”

  • "Never allow success to go to your head, nor failure to your heart."

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

  • "Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live"

    Mark Twain

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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."

  • "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)

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

    James Madison

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Robert Novak

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

  • "Uncommon valor was a common virtue." - Iwo Jima

  • "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"

  • "The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office"

    Will Rogers

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    John Wayne

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

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

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

    Sophia Loren

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • 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

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

    Confucius

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Robert Schuller

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "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

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

  • “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • “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

  • "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "The measure of a man’s character is how he treats another who can do nothing for him"

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    Edward Langley (artist)

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    Dick Cheney

  • “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

  • “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

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

    Alexander Hamilton

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

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

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

    Reverend Ike

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • “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”

  • "Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them"

    Bill Vaughan

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

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

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

    Thomas Sowell

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    James Madison

  • "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

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

    WAG

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

    George Orwell

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

    Anonymous

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Philip K. Dick

  • "Comedy is tragedy plus time"

    Woody Allen

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

    Unknown

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Tacitus

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

    John Adams

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    WAG

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

    Dave Barry

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

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

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

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

    Kathy Ireland

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Edmund Burke

  • “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

  • "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

  • Thinking is hard work – that is why so few engage in it”

    Mark Twain

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

    George Berkeley

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

    Alfred Kazin

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

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

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

    Will Rogers

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Aldous Huxley

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Adolph Hitler

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

  • "May the thirst for truth never be quenched."

    WAG

  • “A country that can't control its borders isn't really a country anymore”

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

  • "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

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

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Thomas Paine

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

  • "The American constitution was designed by a group of geniuses, knowing it would be administered by a group of idiots"

  • "To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."

    Richard Henry Lee (1787)

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

    Sam Adams

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

    Henry David Thoreau

  • “It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.”

    Martin Van Buren

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

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

    Eugene Ionesco

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

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

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

    Paul Jacob

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    WAG

  • “It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.”

    Patrick Henry

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

    Winnie the Pooh

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

    Doug Larson

  • "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

  • “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”

    Lou Holtz

  • "The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them."

    Vladimir Lenin

  • “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)

  • “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

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

    Edmund Burke

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

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

    James Madison

  • "God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question."

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

    Will Rogers

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • “A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Bob Hope

  • "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

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

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

  • "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

  • 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.”

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

    Adolf Hitler

  • "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

  • "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

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

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

    St. Augustine

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Oscar Wilde

  • "A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron"

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

  • "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

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

    G. K. Chesterton

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

    Isaac Asimov

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

  • “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

  • 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

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

    WAG

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    David Stockman

  • "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

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

    Antonio Porchia

  • "There are lies, damned lies and statistics"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals"

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Nicholas Murray Butler

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

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

    WAG

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

    Winston Churchill

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

  • "In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance"

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Aristotle

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

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

    WAG

  • “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

    George Bernard Shaw

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Will Rogers

  • "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

  • "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

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "A free nation is armed with a free press."

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

    Sir Walter Scott

  • "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

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

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

    Charles Dickens

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

  • Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen"

    Mark Twain

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

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

    George Washington

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    WAG

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "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)

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

    WAG

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

    Mark Twain

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

    George Washington

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

    Mark Twain

  • "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts"

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    John Adams

  • "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

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

    GR

  • "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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • “The more alike men are, the weaker each feels in the face of all.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

  • “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

    Mark Twain

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

    William P. Anthony

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

    WAG

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

    Steven Wright

  • “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

    George Orwell

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

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

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

    Paul Horning

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

    WAG

  • "If only the Nazis and Soviets had been as merciful to the innocent as America is to the guilty"

    Senator Jim Talent

  • "True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost"

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

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

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

    Enrico Fermi

  • “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)

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

    John Kerry

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

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

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

    WAG

  • "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

    Philip K. Dick

  • “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

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    Lao-tzu

  • “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

  • “I am proud of my country, yet ashamed of my government”

  • "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

  • "Winners make things happen - Losers let things happen"

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

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

  • "It’s not the votes that count. It’s who counts the votes"

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

    WAG

  • “Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong”

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

  • 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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

    Mike Adams

  • "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

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

    Lord Byron

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

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

    John Adams (1826)

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

  • "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

  • "When you find you’re digging yourself into a hole, I always say dig faster, you’ll get to the bottom sooner."

    WAG

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

  • "Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times"

    Niccolo Machiavelli

  • "It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."

    George Washington

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

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

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Jacques Barzun

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

    WAG

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

  • “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)

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

  • “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil”

    Ayn Rand

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

    Yiddish Proverb

  • "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.

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

    WAG

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

    Moliere

  • "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

  • “The news is not about news anymore. It’s about protecting some people, destroying others and shoving a socialist agenda down the collective throats of America.”

    Charlie Daniels

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

  • "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

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

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

    WAG

  • "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • "To some it's a six-pack, to me it's Support Group Salvation in a can"

    Leo Durocher

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

  • "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

  • “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)

  • "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."

    Ronald Reagan

  • “Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror"

    Byrd Baggett

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

    Edmund Burke

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

  • "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

    Matthew 16:26

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

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Charlotte

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

  • "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

  • "Today is tomorrow’s past"

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

  • "You cannot get to the top by sitting on your bottom"

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

  • "Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with"

  • "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

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

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

  • "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    George Washington

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

  • "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

  • "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 man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child"

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • "There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the world"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

  • "We are great because we are good"

  • “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

  • "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it."

    George Orwell

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

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    WAG

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

  • "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

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.”

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

  • “You learn a lot about people not just by what they say, but by what they don't say”

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

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

    Robert Frost

  • “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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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


    WAG

  • "Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were"

  • "One man with a gun can control 100 without one"

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Plato

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “Paper money is founded upon fraud and knavery”

    George Mason (letter to George Washington)

  • "Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it"

    Harry S. Truman

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

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

    George Mason

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

  • “If the facts don’t fit the theory, just change the facts”

    Albert Einstein

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

    Hunter S. Thompson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Orison S. Marden

  • "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny"

    Edmund Burke

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

    Knute Rockne

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

    WAG

  • "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents"

    James Madison

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “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

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

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

    Government Motto

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

    Douglas Casey

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Voltaire

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

  • "The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have."

  • "If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates"

    Jay Leno

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

  • "Real courage is found, not in the willingness to risk death, but in the willingness to stand, alone if necessary, against the ignorant and disapproving herd"

    Jon Roland (1976)

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Sam Rayburn

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

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

    WAG

  • "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

  • “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)

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

    W. C. Fields

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

    American Patriot

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

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

  • "The road to success is littered with many setbacks, never failures."

    WAG

  • "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

  • "Ask why until you understand"

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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

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

  • "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

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

    Wendell Phillips

  • "Look at yourself, like yourself, and find the positive"

    Dana Buchman

  • “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

  • "Expect the best, prepare for the worst, capitalize on what comes"

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

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

    Brad Thor

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

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

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

    Ayn Rand

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

  • “What matters is not the truth, but what we choose (are told) to believe.”

    WAG

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

    Mitt Romney

  • "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

  • “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

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

  • "Great men do not set out to be great, they set out to do great things"

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

    Jack Miner

  • "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

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

  • "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

  • "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)

  • "Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born"

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    John Adams

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

    George Washington

  • 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.

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

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

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

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

  • "The irony of life is that, by the time you're old enough to know your way around, you're not going anywhere."

  • "Media outlets exist not to inform us, but to influence us; not to educate us, but to enrich themselves"

    WAG

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

    Larry Elder

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

  • "Feed a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime"

  • "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

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

    Edward R. Murrow

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

    Voltaire

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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

  • "Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting."

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

    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV

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

  • “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself”

    James Madison

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

    John Wooden

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

    Ann Landers

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    WAG

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

    Jason Laumark

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

  • "Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them"

    Frederick Douglass

  • "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

  • "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

  • 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

  • “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

  • "In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

    George Orwell

  • "I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty"

    Strom Thurmond

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

  • "A government that requires "integrity provisions" is by definition past the stage where they will do any good."

    Mark Steyn

  • “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

    Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf )

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises"

    Demosthenes

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

    Mark Twain

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

    John Adams

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

  • "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

  • "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)

  • "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

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

    Joseph Addison

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

    Rick Perry

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

    WAG

  • "To delve inside the liberal progressive mind, one must endure a dark and errie place, absent all logic and devoid all reason and common sense"

    WAG

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    George Washington

  • "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

  • "24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not."

    H.L. Mencken

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

    Larry Elder

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

    John F. Kennedy

  • "The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money"

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    American Patriot

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't"

    Mark Twain

  • 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

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

    James Madison

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

    Luck

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

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

  • "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

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

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

    von Clausewitz

  • "Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel"

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Pat Flynn

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

    Otto von Bismarck

  • "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

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

    Anonymous

  • "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

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Kinky Friedman

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Thomas Edison

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

  • "I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

  • "The only thing worse than suffering an injustice is committing an injustice"

    Plato

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

  • "America's liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    American Citizen

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

  • "You can observe a lot just by watchin"

    Yogi Berra

  • "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"

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

    Danny Schecter

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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Yogi Berra

  • “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

  • "Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned"

    Mark Twain

  • "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."

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Charles Gordy

  • "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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Aristotle

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

    William Arthur Ward

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

    Confucious

  • “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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

  • “A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.”

    Saul Bellow

  • “If you voted for Obama to prove that you were not a racist - Who will you vote for in 2012 to prove that you are not an idiot?”

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

    Tacitus, The Annals III.27

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Bob Hope

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

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

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

    Liberal Logic

  • “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    George Santayana

  • "We are one justice away from the Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Constitution is unconstitutional."

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

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

  • "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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Herbert Spencer

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

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

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

    Ian Fleming

  • "When people fear government, there is tyranny – When government fears the people, there is liberty"

    Thomas Paine

  • “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

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

    Ephesians 6:11

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

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

    WAG

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Socrates

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

  • "I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word.”

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party"

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Ludwig von Mises

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

    William Pitt

  • "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)

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    WAG

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

    Upton Sinclair

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • It's not that liberals are ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't so"

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Galileo

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

    George Washington

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

    Anatole France

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

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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)

  • “Government is not the answer to our problems -- government is the problem"

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

    WAG

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together"

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

    Mark Twain

  • "No Man is a Failure who has Friends"

    It's A Wonderful Life

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

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    James A. Garfield

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

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

    Ted Nugent

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

  • "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session"

    Mark Twain

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

  • “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”

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

    Aristotle

  • "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car"

  • "The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them."

    Patrick Henry

  • “One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a Congress”

    John Adams

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    Progressive apologist

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

    Willis Player

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

    WAG

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

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

    Andrew Carnegie

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

  • "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Cal Thomas

  • "Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach"

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

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

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

    Bob Hope

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

    Soviet Union saying

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

    WAG

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

  • "Truth has no agenda"

  • "Life without GOD is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point"

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

    George Eliot

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Anonymous

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

    James Madison

  • “Nothing is more powerful in a democracy than knowledge”

    Rudy Giuliani

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  • “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

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

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

    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

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

    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

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

    Alexander Pope

  • “When the truth hurts, or is otherwise offensive, it is inappropriate.”

    WAG

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

    David Letterman

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • "Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it"

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Karl Marx

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    Mark Twain

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

    James Madison

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

    Bob Hope

  • "Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

    Vince Lombardi

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

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

  • "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

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

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

    Alfred Adler

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

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

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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

    Evan Sayet

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson