Great Sayings

Freedom with self discipline brings joy, peace and fulfillment.  Freedom without self discipline brings self destruction and lawlessness, which produces dictatorship.

If you don't know when enough is enough and you always want more and more, you will live in perpetual dissatisfaction.
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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.

People born into freedom don't appreciate freedom.

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 
1. Jes
us Christ

2. The American G. I. 
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

If you don’t want to deal with your problems - you talk about them endlessly.

It’s easy to solve other peoples’s problems.  Your own are a lot more difficult

People hate private property signs - until they are on your property

If it’s something you would do, don’t get mad if someone else does it.

Wise people learn from their mistakes.  Really wise people learn from other people’s mistakes.

A leader causes people to follow to advance a cause.
A manipulator causes people to follow to advance a personal agenda.

Just because a person is “nice” does not mean they are good.
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“The philosophy in the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.” (This quote is usually attributed to Abraham Lincoln, but there is no evidence he said it. Regardless of who said it, it is certainly a FACT.)

Hopelessness and lovelessness will destroy the soul.  Only the love of God can heal.

You will never be completely free until you have nothing to hide.  Ken Davis

You can never be you if you are always trying to be someone else.

People are not good guys just because they have ability.  Stanley Crouch, columnist, New York Daily News

Freedom without self discipline is anarchy.
Freedom with self discipline is order and peace.

It’s easy to be calm in other peoples circumstances.

Don’t blame God for your bad choices.

Parents who give unconditional love without unconditional discipline produces a self-centered, amoral, out-of-control adult.  

If you’re only happy when everything is going right, you will seldom be happy.

Political Correctness is the opposite of Common Sense.
Political Correctness is denial of reality.

Most people fail because of what they did to themselves rather than what someone else did to them.

If it’s a mans world, why do women think they are the boss?

Bitterness is worn on the face.

If you are overly concerned about what other people think, you will always be self conscious and will never be yourself.

Drugs start out being your friend -
then they become your slavemaster.
Drugs are the master, you are the slave.
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Lack of fulfillment leads to adultery, drugs, murder, etc.

Anything that is new and excitiing eventually becomes old and stale.
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Self guilt is the root of all self destructive behavior.

If you trust someone, you don’t need to be defensive and stubborn.

If you are comfortable with yourself, criticism won’t hurt and praise won’t puff up.

When you absolve people of responsibility, they become more irresponsible.

Human nature wants someone else to take care of them. That’s why socialism is so inviting: Everyone wants to live off everyone else.

We either learn from history, or we will be destroyed by it.
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Happiness starts on the inside and works its way out.

If you compromise your principles once, you will do it again....and again...and again.

Between the great things we can’t do, and the little things we don’t do, the danger is we will do nothing at all.

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
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Listen to a person's heart, not their words.
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The only thing worse then ignorance is false belief.
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The truth will set you free — but first it will make you miserable.
 

Great Quotes

Acton, Lord - English statesman 
"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.”
“Liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...”
“The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern...”
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Adams, John - 2nd President of the US
“Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, They may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies.”

Source: A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875, Letter to Zabdiel Adams (21 June 1776)
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Baker, James A. - statesman
 "Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and burden of choice.  It also means that he must bear the responsibility of his actions.  Liberty and responsibility are inseparable.
"Source: First Principles: Self-Governance In An Open Society, Black Sheep Farm Press (2008)

Bastiat, Frederic - French statesman
"And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty...”
Source:  http://www.mackinac.org/article.aspx?ID=7441

“The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.”
Source: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/f/fredericba122879.html

Bush, George W.
“Every judge I appoint will be a person who clearly understands the role of a judge is to interpret the law, not to legislate from the bench. To paraphrase the third occupant of this house, James Madison, the courts exist to exercise not the will of men, but the judgment of law. My judicial nominees will know the difference. “ 

De Tocqueville, Alexis, French statesman

Franklin, Ben, Founding Father

"If Men are so wicked as we now see them with Religion what would they be if without it?"
(Letter, 13 December 1757, recipient unknown)

"I have lived, sir, a long time, and, the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” (Elliot’s Debates, Volume 5, p. 254)

"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary,the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer." (On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor (29 November 1766)

Friedman MiltonEconomist
"A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it [...] gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."

"The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem."

"We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork."

Garfield James, 20th President, assassinated, 1881
Poverty is uncomfortable, as I can testify; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim for himself.
Source: "Elements of Success" President Garfield and Education : Hiram College Memorial (1881) by B. A. Hinsdale, p. 331.
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"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature ... If the next centennial does not find us a great nation...it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces."
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Gibran, Kahlil
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

Hamilton, Alexander, 
". . .inequality [of property] would exist as long as liberty existed, and that it would unavoidably result from that very liberty itself."
Source: Liberty, Property, & the Foundations of the American Constitution, Edited by Ellen Frankel Paul & Howard Dickman, Published by State University of New York Press, Albany 1989, pg 7

Heck, Alfons, Former Hitler Youth Officer
“The idea that the radical Muslims have and the Nazis had is to demonize the Jews. They just turn them into demons. This is exactly what happened in Germany.”
Source: “Obsession” DVD about radical Islam’s war against the West.
http://www.obsessionthemovie.com/

Hopkins, Harry - FERA administrator under FDR
“Give a man a dole [handout] and you save his body and destroy his spirit. Give him a job and pay him an assured wage and save both the body and the spirit.” 

Jefferson, Thomas - third President of the United States
 "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."- The Jeffersonian cyclopedia, page 227

"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."- The Jeffersonian cyclopedia, Page 271
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"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. . . ." - letter to Colonel Carrington (27 May 1788)
http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/natural-progress-things-quotation

 Lincoln, Abraham - 16th President of the United States

That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built. (Reply to New York Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association (21 March 1864)

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! (Upon proclaiming a National Fast Day (30 March 1863)

I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. (Statement to an Indiana Regiment passing through Washington (17 March 1865); The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln Volume VIII)

“If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”  

Madison, James - 4th President of the United States
“...But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. 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. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government;....”
Source: Federalist Papers Number 51  

Nye, Pastor Steve, Marietta, PA
“If you change the behavior without changing the root cause of the behavior, you haven’t changed anything.”
“You never succeed unless you are challenged.”
“Addictions never meet your needs - you always need more.”
“Unexpressed feelings never die, they come out in other - negative - ways.”

O’Neill, James H. - Catholic Chaplain in WWII, and author of General Patton's famous "weather prayer."  
“Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations.

Orwell, GeorgeNovelist, social critic
“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.”
Source: First Principles: Self-Governance In An Open Society, Black Sheep Farm Press (2008)

Paine, Thomas
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
Source: Writings of Thomas Paine,Volume 1 (1774-1779): the American Crisis

“Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them.”
Source: First Principles: Self-Governance In An Open Society, Black Sheep Farm Press (2008)

“... But from the errors of other nations, let us learn wisdom, and lay hold of the present opportunity - To begin government at the right end.”

“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.”

“In America THE LAW IS KING.”

“Until an independence is declared, the Continent will feel itself like a man who continues putting off some unpleasant business from day to day, yet knows it must be done, hates to set about it, wishes it over, and is continually haunted with the thoughts of its necessity.”
Source: History Channel Magazine, Nov/Dec 2008

Reagan, Ronald - 40th President of the United States
The man who has nothing which he cares about more than his personal safety is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. (1974)

“We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.” (1968)

A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.
(Official Announcement of being a candidate for U.S. President - 13 November 1979)

With regard to the freedom of the individual for choice with regard to abortion, there's one individual who's not being considered at all. That's the one who is being aborted. And I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.
(Anderson-Reagan Presidential Debate (21 Sept 1980)

Roosevelt, Franklin - 32nd President of the United States
"O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each others; faith in our united crusade." (FDR's prayer over the radio on June 5, 1944, prior to the D-Day landings in France.)
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Sherman, General William Tecumseh (Union Civil War General)
“War is cruelty, and the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.”  

Taft, William Howard27th President of the UnitedStates
“Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.”
Source: Popular Government: Its Essence, Its Permanence and Its Perils, chapter 3 (1913)

“Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that to-day is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.”
Source: Popular Government: Its Essence, Its Permanence and Its Perils, chapter 3 (1913)

We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.”
Source: Address at a banquet given by the Board of Trade and Chamber of Commerce of Washington, D.C., May 8, 1909.; found in Presidential Addresses and State Papers of William Howard Taft, vol. 1, chapter 7, p. 82 (1910)

Sowell, Thomas - Economist and social critic
“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.”

“History is mankind’s painfully purchased experience, now available for free, or merely the price of attention and reflection.”
Source: First Principles: Self-Governance In An Open Society, Black Sheep Farm Press (2008)

Toynbee, Arnold J. - British Historian
"There is nothing to prevent our Western civilization from following historical precedent, if it chooses, by committing social suicide." 
 
Truman, Harry - 33rd President of the United States
 “The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody but the state.” (1950)

Washington, George - first President of the United States
"The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation."
(Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island (1790)

Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness....
(Washington's Farewell Address, 17Sep. 1796)

Washington, Martha - wife of President George Washington
"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."
Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/first-ladies/marthawashington

Williams, Juan - Columnist
"I think political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don't address reality."
Source: http://townhall.com/columnists/GuyBenson/2010/10/21/npr_finally_
finds_an_excuse_to_fire_juan_williams

Wistrich, RobertProfessor Chair, Sassoon Center for Antisemitism
There is no evil that I am aware of in history that has simply disappeared of its own accord.

Zappa, Frank - Musician
“Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.”
Source: Google, Quotes of the day, 8 Dec 08