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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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  • "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

  • "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

  • "Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men"

    Thomas Henry Huxley

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Newt Gingrich

  • "One man with courage is a majority"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    James Bovard

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip"

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

  • "This is like deja vu all over again"

    Yogi Berra

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

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

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

    WAG

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Enrico Fermi

  • 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.”

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Government Motto

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

    Benjamin Constant, Brazilian statesman

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

    Bob Hope

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

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "That government governs best that governs least"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Plato

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “Every library is an arsenal”

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Thomas Edison

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

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

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

    Liberal Lingo

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

    Robert Schuller

  • "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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Frederic Bastiat

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

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

    Justice Felix Frankfurter

  • 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.

  • "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

  • "Democracy is indispensable to socialism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Aulus Persius Flaccus

  • "Irony is the hygiene of the mind."

    Elizabeth Bibesco

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

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

    WAG

  • "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people"

    Victor Borge

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

    Antonio Porchia

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

    Dana Buchman

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

    Bob Hope

  • "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "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)

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

    American Patriot

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

  • "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

  • 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

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

    Alfred Kazin

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

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

    Author Unknown

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

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

    Mark Steyn

  • "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Dick Cheney

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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

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

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

    WAG

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

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

    Rick Perry

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

    George Washington

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "We are great because we are good"

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

    George W. Bush

  • "Debt is the slavery of the free."

    Publilius Syrus

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Ayn Rand

  • "An informed public is essential to a democracy"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Francis Bacon

  • “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

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

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


    Alexander Hamilton

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

    George Berkeley

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Tacitus

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

    Plato

  • "A day without laughter is a day wasted"

    Charlie Chaplin

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    John Adams

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

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

  • "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 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)

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Socrates

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

    WAG

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

    Bob Hope

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

    WAG

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

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

    Isaiah 5:20

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

    James Madison

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

  • “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

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

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

  • “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”

  • "Ignorance is the truest form of freedom"

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

    Doug Powers

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

    WAG

  • “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

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

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

    Aristotle

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    Mitt Romney

  • "Truth will always fuel the embers of liberty"

    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

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

    Oscar Wilde

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Charles de Montesquieu

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Karl Marx

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

    WAG

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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)

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

    Jacques Barzun

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "When in doubt tell the truth"

    Mark Twain

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

    Yogi Berra

  • “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

  • “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

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

    Orison S. Marden

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

    Confucious

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Dutch Proverb

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

    Jack Miner

  • "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)

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

    Isoroku Yamamoto

  • "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

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

  • "Ignorance is the lifeblood of every politician"

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Otto von Bismarck

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Moliere

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)

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

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "The Second Amendment has never been about hunting or crime prevention; it’s about keeping our government in check."

    Patrice Lewis

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

    Thomas Paine

  • "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

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

  • “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?”

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mike Adams

  • "Go put your creed into your deed."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    WAG

  • "Happiness is good health and a bad memory"

    Ingrid Bergman

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Eugene Ionesco

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

    Aaron Levenstein

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

    Daniel Greenfield

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

    WAG

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Miecyslaw Kasprzyk

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

    James Madison

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

    Arthur C. Clarke

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

  • "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

  • "Half the people you know are below average"

  • "Better a broken promise than none at all"

    Mark Twain

  • "A free people ought to be armed"

    George Washington

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

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

    WAG

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

    Calvin Coolidge

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

    WAG

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Steven Wright

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

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

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

    George Eliot

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

    Soviet Union saying

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Edison

  • “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

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

    Abkhasian Proverb

  • "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

  • "If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something"

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

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • "Debt is the worst poverty."

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Pat Flynn

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "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

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

    Alexander Pope

  • “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

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

    Harry Truman

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

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

    Anonymous

  • "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

  • "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

    Samuel Adams

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    George Orwell

  • "I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.”

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "Democracy is the road to socialism."

    Karl Marx

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

    W. C. Fields

  • “It is better to conceal one's knowledge than to reveal one's ignorance”

    Spanish Proverb

  • "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)

  • "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap"

    Napoleon Bonaparte

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

    Harry S. Truman

  • "Never spend your money before you have it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    William F. Buckley Jr.

  • “Be truthful … Truth leads to trust”

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Lou Holtz

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

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

    Yiddish Proverb

  • "There is no right way to do wrong"

  • "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

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

  • "Adversity makes a good man better"

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

    Chinese Proverb

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

    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)

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

    WAG

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

    John Jay

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

  • "We provide Americans an education in exchange for their commitment to serve in our armed forces, while at the same time, we offer amnesty to illegal immigrants in exchange for their commitment to vote Democrat for life."

    WAG

  • “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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Mark Twain

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

    James Madison

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Fletcher Knebel, Historian

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Jay Leno

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

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

    Mark Twain

  • “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)

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

    Vince Lombardi

  • "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

  • “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

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

    Saul Bellow

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

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

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

    Aldous Huxley

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

    Liberal Logic

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

  • "Political correctness is tyranny with manners."

    Charlton Heston

  • If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate” Oliver Wendell Holmes

    Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Abraham Lincoln

  • "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.

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

    Milton Friedman

  • "Irony differentiates. Cynicism never does."

    Paul Horgan

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "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

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

    Cherokee proverb

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

    Patrick Henry

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Voltaire

  • "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"

    Mark Twain

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

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

    Isaac Asimov

  • "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

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

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

    Winston Churchill

  • "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

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

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

    George W. Bush

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

    Bertrand Russell

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

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

  • "Aspire to inspire before you expire."

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

  • "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

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

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

    WAG

  • “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”

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

    Sir Walter Scott

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

    George Orwell

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • “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)

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

    Demosthenes

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    WAG

  • “The very people, who will go to the ends of the earth to defend the most heinous of murderers, do not give a second thought to the taking of an innocent life”

    WAG

  • "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun"

    Mao Tse-Tung

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Chinese fortune cookie

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

    Charlotte

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

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

    Niccolo Machiavelli

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

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

    Ann Landers

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Will Rogers

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

    WAG

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

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

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

  • 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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Ian Fleming

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

    Dr. Martin Luther King

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

  • "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

  • "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)

  • "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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

  • “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

  • "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

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

  • “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

  • "When GOD fights for Israel, Israel wins"

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

    Kathy Ireland

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Anne Coleman

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

  • "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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

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

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

  • “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 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

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

    Brad Thor

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

    William Pitt

  • "The day that you are born is the day that you begin to die"

    William Faulkner

  • “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

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

    Senator Jim Talent

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

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

    Joseph Addison

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

    Alfred Adler

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

    Willis Player

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

  • "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

  • “Wisdom is the chief element of happiness”

    Sophocles

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Martin Van Buren

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

    John Adams

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

    Knute Rockne

  • "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."

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

    GR

  • “My greatest thought is my accountability to God”

    Daniel Webster

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

    Voltaire

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

    WAG

  • "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it"

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    George Bernard Shaw

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

    Jerry Pournelle

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

    WAG

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

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

    Thomas Paine

  • "Truth Does Not Fear Knowledge"

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

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

    David Stockman

  • “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

  • "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

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

    Paul Horning

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

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

    Will Rogers

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

    Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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

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

    Jimi Hendrix

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

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

  • 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

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

    George Washington

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

    Adolf Hitler

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    WAG

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

    Syrus

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

    George Washington

  • "Golf is a good walk spoiled"

    Mark Twain

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

    James Madison

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

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

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

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

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

    Doug Larson

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

    Ann Coulter

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

    Ludwig von Mises

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    George Washington

  • “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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Richard Henry Lee, signer of Declaration of Independence

  • "For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance"

    Adlai E. Stevenson

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

    WAG

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Winnie the Pooh

  • “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

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

    Mayer Amschel Rothschild

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

    Joseph Goebbels

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

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

    WAG

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Cal Thomas

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

    American Citizen

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

    Henry David Thoreau

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

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

    Robert David Steele (CIA)

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

    Thomas Fuller

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

    Eugene McCarthy

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

  • "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."

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

    WAG

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

    Charles Gordy

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

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

    Byrd Baggett

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

    Professor Irwin Corey

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

    Reverend Ike

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

    WAG

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

    Charles Caleb Colton

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

    William Arthur Ward

  • "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

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

    George Washington

  • "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

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

    WAG

  • “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 )

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

    Barbara Bush

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

    George Washington

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    H.L. Mencken

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

    Vladimir Lenin

  • "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

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

    Aristotle

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

    Alexander the Great

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

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

    Napoléon Bonaparte

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

    Andrew Carnegie

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

    Rudy Giuliani

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

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

  • "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

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

    George Orwell

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

    Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

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

    Phillip Brooks

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

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

    John Wooden

  • "Gray hair is God's graffiti"

    Bill Cosby

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

    James Madison

  • “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

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

    Yogi Berra

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

    Plato

  • "Ignorance is the seed of APATHY"

    WAG

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope"

    Karl Marx

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

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

    Philip K. Dick

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

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

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

    Noelle Pikus Pace (Olympian)

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

    Anonymous

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

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

    David Letterman

  • “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)

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

    Rush Limbaugh

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

    Ephesians 6:11

  • “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

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

    Groucho Marx

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    Herbert Spencer

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

    Edgar J. Mohn

  • “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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

  • "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

  • "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

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

    Dean Acheson

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

    George Mason

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

    WAG

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

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

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

    Edmund Burke

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

    John Wayne

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

    Mohandas Gandhi

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

    James Madison

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

  • “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

  • 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

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

    Robert Novak

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

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

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

    Bob Hope

  • “May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live”

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

    von Clausewitz

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

    John Adams

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Aristotle

  • "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

  • “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)

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

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

  • "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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    WAG

  • "Heroes get remembered - but legends never die"

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Will Rogers

  • "We have our theory; don't confuse me with the facts"

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

    Dante Alighieri

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

    Ted Nugent

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

    Thomas Paine (December 23, 1776)

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

  • 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

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

    Jason Laumark

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

    George Washington

  • "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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Progressive apologist

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

  • “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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

  • "All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures"

    Julius Caesar

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Luck

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

    James Madison

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

    WAG

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

    Albert Einstein

  • “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

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

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


    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    Edward R. Murrow

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Leo Durocher

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

  • "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

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

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

    Maya Angelou

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

    James A. Garfield

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

    WAG

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

    Alexis de Tocqueville

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr

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

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

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justice)

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

    Lao-tzu

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Pietro Aretino

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

    Wendell Phillips

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

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

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

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "Failure is success if we learn from it"

    Malcolm S. Forbes

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

    Mark Twain

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

    C. A. Beard

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


    WAG

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

  • "All men by nature desire knowledge."

    Aristotle

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

  • "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

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

    Confucius

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

    Danny Schecter

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

    Hugo Black

  • “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

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

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

    Chinese proverb

  • "Reason often makes mistakes but conscience never does"

    Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw)

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

  • "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

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

  • "Knowledge is power."

    Sir Francis Bacon

  • “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

  • “One man with courage is a majority”

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    WAG

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

    Nelson Mandela

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

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

    Upton Sinclair

  • "Government Integrity: An Oxymoron"

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

    Dave Gardner

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

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

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Milton Friedman

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    Psalm 118:8

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

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

  • "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

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

    Paul Jacob

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Winston Churchill

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

    Mark Twain

  • "Disobedience to tyrants is Obedience to God"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    George Washington

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

    Ronald Reagan

  • "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

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

    Sam Adams

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

    Pastor John MacArthur

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

    WAG

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

    WAG

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

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

    William Pitt

  • "Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

  • “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

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

    Albert Einstein

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

    Herb Stein (Economist)

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    George Santayana

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

    Mark Twain

  • "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

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

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

    Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

  • "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

  • “Perception is today’s reality”

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

    Mark Twain

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

    Joseph Stalin

  • "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

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

  • "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand"

    Mark Twain

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

    Mark Twain

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

    WAG

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

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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

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

    Winston Churchill

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

  • "Example isn't another way to teach, it is the only way to teach"

    Albert Einstein

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

    Robert Green Ingersoll

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

    Vince Lombardi

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

    WAG

  • "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up"

  • "Lies serve to influence the ignorant"

    WAG

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

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

    Rod Serling

  • ”In war there is no substitute for victory”

    General Douglas MacArthur

  • "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

  • “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

  • "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

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

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

    Douglas Casey

  • "Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does"

    Whittaker Chambers

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

    Albert Einstein

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

  • "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing"

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

    Ronald Reagan

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

    St. Augustine

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

    James Madison

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

    Ayn Rand

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

    American Patriot

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

    Theodore M. Hesburgh

  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail"

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    Adolf Hitler (1939)

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

    George Orwell

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    WAG

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

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

    Hodding Carter, J.R.

  • “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

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

    WAG

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

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

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

    WAG

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

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

    Thomas Paine

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

    John Adams

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

    P.J. O'Rourke

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

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

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

    Lord Byron

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

    Joseph Stalin

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

    Charles Dickens

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

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

    Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt

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

  • “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

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

    Adolph Hitler

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

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

    Thomas Jefferson

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

    Albert Einstein

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

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

    Sam Rayburn

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

    Howard Buffett

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

    Benjamin Franklin

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

    John Wooden

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

  • “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

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

    John Kenneth Galbraith

  • "Life………. It’s GOD’s choice"

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

    John F. Kennedy

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

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

  • "The goal of socialism is communism."

    Vladimir Lenin

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

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

    Margaret Thatcher

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

    Abraham Lincoln

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

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

    Albert Einstein

  • "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

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

    Liberal when confronted with reality

  • “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

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

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

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

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • "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

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

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

    Kenneth Boulding (economist)

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

    Paul Craig Roberts

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

    George Orwell

  • "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

  • "An armed society is a polite society"

    Robert A. Heinlein

  • "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

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

  • "Truth has no agenda"

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

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

  • "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

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

    Karl Marx

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

  • "Ask why until you understand"

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

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

    WAG

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