Favorite Quotations

"WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."-- "The Declaration of Independence", 1776 --Thomas Jefferson

"In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing."--Edmund Burke

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality." --Aleghieri Dante (1265 - 1321)

"Nonetheless, it moves." --Galileo Galilei, upon receiving his life sentence from the Church for insisting the Earth moves around the Sun.

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" -- Benjamin Franklin
"The American people must be willing to give up a degree of personal privacy in exchange for safety and security." -- FBI Director Louis Freeh, 1994

"Human beings remain constant in their methods of conduct." - "The Prince" --Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us." --- Justice William O. Douglas

"Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority... It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation -- and their ideas from suppression -- at the hand of an intolerant society.." --- U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

"Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught." -- J.C. Watts, Oklahoma Congressman

"1935 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 in the future!" --Adolf Hitler

(There is some question to the accuracy of this quote. I choose to leave it in my collection because it illustrates an important point, that is: tyrants prefer unarmed peasants.)
"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
"No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency. " "The Strenuous Life", 1900 -- Theodore Roosevelt
"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." --Thomas Jefferson, from a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush of September 23, 1800.
"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves." --Thomas Jefferson
"Opportunities multiply as they are seized." --Sun Tzu
"I am not morally obligated to care more for a man than he cares for himself."-- "Atlas Shrugged" -- Ayn Rand
"Courts love the people always, as wolves do the sheep." --Thomas Jefferson to John Jay
"One man with courage is a majority." --Thomas Jefferson
"...the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God..." -- Pres. John F. Kennedy
"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." --Thomas Jefferson: Rights of British America 1774
"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue" — Barry Goldwater
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams
[...the Constitution is] "...like my old blue dress ... it just doesn't fit anymore." -- Ellen Tauscher (Democrat) - Califonia congresswoman
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." --Albert Einstein
"Government will not subsidize irresponsible or reckless behaviour" --President Clinton
"Foolproof systems don't take into account the ingenuity of fools". --Gene Brown
"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." -- Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents
"The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both Congresses and courts - not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert that constitution." -- Abraham Lincoln, Sept. 17, 1859, speech in Cincinnati, OH
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death!" --Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of Truth" - Albert Einstein
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." -- Galileo Galilei
"Why do the people who know the least, know it the loudest?" -- Geoff Metcalf, KSFO San Francisco
"I would rather hear the ugly truth than a pretty lie."
"If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants."-- Isaac Newton
"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up." --Martin Niemoeller, German Lutheran Pastor
"When starving with a tiger, the tiger starves last." -- Chinese Proverb
"Do your best." -- Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as The Buddha, (557 B.C.- 477 B.C).
"ANNUIT COEPTIS" Latin, from American dollar bills
Translation: "God has favored our undertakings"