Quotes I Collect

 

 


People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."

- Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943


"There is power in well-chosen words, and often there is equal power in silence. Learning when to talk and when to listen are among the most powerful skills you can develop."

--- Sharon Anthony Bower


A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
Thomas Jefferson


"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular? But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right."—Martin Luther King, Jr.


What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.
Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)


Hosea 4:6: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”


This is a new page of quotes I've seen that I like.


There are many who will dub me a ‘nut’ for what
I have written in this book. My reply is this:

Today’s mighty oak is just
yesterday’s nut that held its ground.


"All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men (and women)
 to do nothing."
 -- Edmund Burke


I agree with Daniel Webster who said, "There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. ... I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants... they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing." Daniel Webster


"There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing."  Daniel Webster


Ephesians 6:12  
'For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.'


"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in
 times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality."
 -- Dante Alighieri


I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do
everything, but I can do something. And because
I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the
something that I can do. What I can do, I should do.
And what I should do, by the grace of God,
I will do."
--- EDWARD EVERETT HALE


"We are apt to close our eyes against a painful truth."
 -- Patrick Henry


"The exact contrary of what is generally believed
 is often the truth."
 -- Jean de la Bruyère


"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president,
 or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is
 not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
 to the American public."
 -- Theodore Roosevelt


"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped
 in the flag and carrying the cross"
 -- Sinclair Lewis


"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace
 alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing
 it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
 -- H. L. Mencken US editor (1880 - 1956)


"When tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be
 in the guise of fighting a foreign foe."
 -- James Madison


We must do what we conceive to be the right thing and not bother our
heads or burden our souls with whether we will be successful. Because
if we don’t do the right thing, we will be doing the wrong thing and
we will just be a part of the disease and not a part of the cure."
(E. F. Schumacher - Author of 'Small Is Beautiful'


"Freedom is best, I tell thee true, of all things to be won. Then never live within the bond of slavery, my son." - William Wallace


"And remember: amateurs built the ark .. professionals built the Titanic"


"Count your blessings, not your problems"


"The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are special- Don't EVER forget it."


"You need to build bridges instead of burning them. You never know what waters you will have to one day cross, and eventually we all have to cross."  Anthony Kimbrough


"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye."


"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."


"When even one American -- who has done
nothing wrong -- is forced by fear to shut his mind and
close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril."
-- Harry S. Truman


We must do what we conceive to be the right thing and not bother our
heads or burden our souls with whether we will be successful. Because
if we don’t do the right thing, we will be doing the wrong thing and
we will just be a part of the disease and not a part of the cure."
(E. F. Schumacher - Author of 'Small Is Beautiful')
 


"ALL TRUTH PASSES THROUGH THREE
STAGES.   FIRST IT IS RIDICULED,  SECOND
IT IS VIOLENTLY OPPOSED,  AND THIRD...
IT IS ACCEPTED AS SELF-EVIDENT."
- Arthur Schopenhauer -
German Philosopher, 1788-1860


"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."
 -- Howard Zinn


"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when
 they do it from religious conviction."
 -- Blaise Pascal ~1650 AD


 
"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." -- Hermann Goering, Hitler's #2 man

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.
Pericles (430 B.C)


Talk is cheap ... except when Congress does it.
Unknown


No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
Mark Twain (1866)


  • Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
    Mark Twain
  • I contend that 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
  • A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. 
    George Bernard Shaw
  • Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. 
    James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
  • Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. 
    Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University
  • Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. 
    P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
  • Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

     
  • 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 (1986)
  • I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
    Will Rogers
  • If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free. 
    P.J. O'Rourke
  • In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. 
    Voltaire (1764)

 


 
Woodrow Wilson signed the 1913 Federal Reserve Act. A few years later he wrote:
"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men."
-Woodrow Wilson