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Also, Curt occassionally selects columns and other writings on topics such as economics, public policy, faith & family, and whatever else might be inspiring him at the moment and posts them on our Current Commentary page.
Finally, our clients know Curt likes to collect and share quotations.  They include inspirational thoughts, political wisdom, public figures' unguarded honesty, and even clean humor.  Much of his collection is shared below, in no particular order, for your browsing pleasure. 




Quotes and Sayings

"The reason [people] do not find God is that they do not want Him, or at least do not want Him to be God. Wanting God to be God is very different from wanting God to help me." Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart


"We can keep His commandments but not love Him, but we can't love Him and not keep His commandments." C. Keith Bailey, Bible scholar


"[T]he human mind is seldom at stay: If you do not grow better, you will most undoubtedly grow worse." —English writer Samuel Richardson


"The danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defense of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day." —Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

“What we love, we strive to understand.”  –Nigel Biggar (Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford)

"A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers — and this is the basis of all human morality." —John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 

“Jenner is merely a tool who normalizes aberration. Leftists are tired of feeling guilty, so, instead of turning to their Creator, they glory in their brokenness. Dysfunction becomes virtue.” Mark Alexander, The Patriot Post 6/3/15

“Our communities and our churches are thickly populated with people who are neurotic or paralyzed by their devotion and willing bondage to how they feel.” Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines 

"A free man is as jealous of his responsibilities as he is of his liberties." —Historian Cyril James (1901-1989)

"The real freedom of any individual can always be measured by the amount of responsibility which he must assume for his own welfare and security." —Author Robert Welch (1899-1985)


“Tax planning is one element of estate planning, and in many estates is the least important factor. The larger issue is: Who will inherit and what will they inherit?” First National Trust Update April 2015


"Every thing useful and beneficial to man, seems to be connected with obedience to the laws of his nature, the inclinations, the duties, and the happiness of individuals, resolve themselves into customs and habits, favorable, in the highest degree, to society. In no case is this more apparent, than in the customs of nations respecting marriage." --Samuel Williams, The Natural and Civil History of Vermont, 1794


“God loves us as we are, but loves us too much to leave us as we are. If we can handle it, the truth will set us free.”   Stuart McAllister, RZIM


"Hillary Clinton is under fire for creating private e-mail accounts she used as secretary of state so that she could erase any conversations that might incriminate her or embarrass her. Life is a circle. You start out your career by investigating Richard Nixon and you end it by channeling Richard Nixon." Argus Hamilton

"The price of greatness is responsibility." Winston Churchill (1874-1965)


Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. Winston Churchill

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill


Never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill


It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see. Winston Churchill


I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. Winston Churchill


It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. Winston Churchill


I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. Winston Churchill


We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Winston Churchill


Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Winston Churchill


An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. Winston Churchill


I am easily satisfied with the very best. Winston Churchill


Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning. Winston Churchill

There is no such thing as a good tax. Winston Churchill


To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day. Winston Churchill

We occasionally stumble over the truth but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. Winston Churchill


I never worry about action, but only inaction. Winston Churchill


Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put. Winston Churchill


Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result. Winston Churchill

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law. Winston Churchill


The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read. Winston Churchill


Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent. Winston Churchill


I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod. Winston Churchill


The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself. Winston Churchill


I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks. Winston Churchill


Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. Winston Churchill


Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about. Winston Churchill


It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Winston Churchill


"What kind of country is it that lets those who are not citizens decide who governs those who are? If any foreigner can now vote here, is the United States even a country anymore?" Investor's Business Daily, February 2015


“A man of 70 need not be always feeling, much less talking, about his approaching death, but a wise man of 70 should always take it into account. ...He would be criminally foolish not to make, indeed not to have made long since, his will.” C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)


"Again, the new oligarchy must more and more base its claim to plan us on its claim to knowledge. If we are to be mothered, mother must know best. This means they must increasingly rely on the advice of scientists, till in the end the politicians proper become merely the scientists' puppets. Technocracy is the form to which a planned society must tend." C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)


"The issue of welfare is not what it costs those who provide it, but what it costs those who receive it." Patrick Moynihan (D-NY)


"I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within." General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)


“Parents say, ‘I brought you into this world, I can take you out of the trust.’” David Handler (estate planning attorney)


“Share toys, not money!” David Handler’s Proverb


“A gun is like a parachute.  If you need one and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.” unknown


"More than 99% of the movies scheduled for release this year [2014] were not blocked from release by North Korea. So if you don’t like your viewing habits to be decided by murderous dictators, then you have to be mainly pretty happy with President Obama’s record on this." Frank J. Fleming


"We knew there were two things that could mess up the wedding: One was weather and the other was the president." Natalie Heimel, Army captain, after being informed that her golf course wedding to fellow captain Edward Mallue Jr. could not proceed as planned. President Barack Obama was going to play that course that day.

"Only the man who is dead to his own will can follow Christ." Dietrich Bonhoeffer 


"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." — Yogi Berra


"The essential characteristic of Western civilization that distinguishes it from the arrested and petrified civilizations of the East was and is its concern for freedom from the state. The history of the West, from the age of the Greek polis down to the present-day resistance to socialism, is essentially the history of the fight for liberty against the encroachments of the officeholders." Economist Ludwig Von Mises (1881-1973)


"We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." Ronald Reagan


"[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore ... never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge William Johnson, 1823 


“If men knew themselves, God would heal and pardon them.” - Blaise Pascal, Pensee 779

"There is [a] class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy, and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. ... There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public." - Booker T. Washington, 1911, in My Larger Education


“Of course, the ability to wait patiently is something we admire in others, but find difficult for ourselves. Patience is something I can admire in the driver behind me, for example, but not in the one ahead of me!” Margaret Manning Shull of RZIM


“‘Can I trust God even when faced with great evil? Is God morally trustworthy? Can I trust God even if I don’t understand what is happening?’ These are profound questions, and whole books could be written about them. But [m]aybe the reason we question God’s moral character when bad things happen is that we live our lives largely independent from God on a daily basis. In other words, we struggle to trust God in times of trouble because we do not really trust God when things are going well. Maybe we struggle with suffering so much in the West because we are so comfortable most of the time that we feel we don’t need God. We do not rely on God on a daily basis, and so we do not really know God. When suffering comes along, therefore, it is not so much that it takes us away from God, but that it reveals to us that we have not really been close to God in the first place.”  Michael Ramsden


"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others." - Thomas Jefferson 


“Give me all of you!!! I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self---in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.” C. S. Lewis 


 “Some people question Barack Obama’s competence, because he appointed a man with no medical background to be the Ebola czar. But Obama is not trying to solve a medical problem. He is trying to solve a political problem, on the eve of an election – and a political partisan is the way to do that. Expecting Obama to be concerned about a medical threat to the American people is unrealistic, in view of the man’s whole history.” Thomas Sowell


“Attorney General Eric Holder hit a new low, even for him, when he acted indignant about the leak of evidence supporting the police officer in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting – on grounds that this was an attempt to influence public opinion before the grand jury makes its ruling. What was Holder doing from day one, other than trying to influence public opinion in the opposite direction?” Thomas Sowell


“I am always amazed at how many people seem to think that a series of unsubstantiated pronouncements constitutes an argument.” Thomas Sowell


“A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.” C. S. Lewis  


“[Blaise Pascal] reached faith himself by way of skeptical doubt. In contrast, [Richard] Dawkins shows not a trace of skepticism anywhere in his writings. In comparison with Pascal, a man of restless intellectual energy, Dawkins is a monument to unthinking certitude.” John Gray, New Republic


“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” C. S. Lewis


"An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." U.S. Marine Jeff Cooper (1920-2006)


"[I]f industry and labour are left to take their own course, they will generally be directed to those objects which are the most productive, and this in a more certain and direct manner than the wisdom of the most enlightened legislature could point out." --James Madison, speech to Congress, 1789


"Political tags—such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth—are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire." Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)


"A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles." Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935)


“Help with a down payment on a reasonable mortgage is probably better than buying your kids a house (or a car, or a stock portfolio, or regular cash infusions). You want to give them the tools to build a prosperous life, but if you subsidize the life itself, they’ll end up building lives they can’t really sustain without your help.” Megan McArdle


“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” - Herbert B. Swope, American Journalist


“This is not an exercise in customer satisfaction, we are carrying out the estate plan of their mother.” Sam Collins


“[C]redibility is one of those things that are far easier to maintain than to repair.” Thomas Sowell


“Too many people in Washington are full of themselves, among other things that they are full of.” Thomas Sowell


“A man may sink by such slow degrees that, long after he is a devil, he may go on being a good churchman or a good dissenter, and thinking himself a good Christian.” George MacDonald


"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy." --Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1779


"I believe we are living in a time where ignorance is cultivated because ... ignorance, and the amorality that accompanies it, accrues to the interests of our ruling elite.” Arnold Ahlert


"It is a duty certainly to give our sparings to those who want; but to see also that they are faithfully distributed, and duly apportioned to the respective wants of those receivers. And why give through agents whom we know not, to persons whom we know not, and in countries from which we get no account, where we can do it at short hand, to objects under our eye, through agents we know, and to supply wants we see?" Thomas Jefferson, letter to Michael Megear, 1823 


“Under no-fault divorce, spouses no longer had to prove infidelity or abuse to secure a divorce. …[T]his was marriage’s Roe v. Wade moment…Marriage has, in many ways, become a government registry of sexual friendships.” John Stonestreet


"All they want is more and more civilian deaths….Here's the difference between us: We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, July 2014


“If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilised morality to savage morality.” C. S. Lewis


"Having a black man in the Oval Office is less important than having one in the home." Jason Riley,  Please Stop Helping Us


"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." Plato (429-347 BC)


"Liberal Democrats tend to believe in an unconstrained political marketplace in which there are very few if any limits on government's ability to hand out favors. Although the term 'dog eat dog competition' was originally applied to the economic marketplace, it more aptly applies to the competition that arises under liberal government. In the conservative world view, people should only deal with one another only using reason, persuasion and voluntary exchange. In the liberal world view, almost everything that happens is the result of coercion." John C. Goodman


“The left is afraid [the] religious will force their views on everyone because that's exactly what the left does when they have any amount of power." Frank Fleming


“Diminishing trust in government and dwindling confidence in Liberty are hardly surprising, as many Americans have increasingly measured Liberty by government provision rather than government restraint. And when government has failed in providing—as government will always do—Americans have begun blaming their condition on a flaw in the liberties they enjoy.” Patriot Post 7/3/14


"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little."  Edmund Burke (1729-1797)


"You are always dragging me down,' said I to my Body. 'Dragging YOU down!' replied my Body. 'Well I like that! Who taught me to like tobacco and alcohol? You, of course, with your idiotic adolescent idea of being grown up. My palate loathed both at first: but you would have your way. Who put an end to all those angry and revengeful thoughts last night? Me, of course, by insisting on going to sleep. Who does his best to keep you from talking too much and eating too much by giving you dry throats and headaches and indigestion? Eh?' 'And what about sex?' said I. 'Yes, what about it?' retorted the Body. 'If you and your wretched imagination would leave me alone I'd give you no trouble. That's Soul all over; you give me orders and then blame me for carrying them out." C. S. Lewis


"Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours." -- Richard Bach 


“You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know."  - William Wilberforce


"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories." --Thomas Jefferson


"The National Football League received a letter from fifty U.S. Senators on Thursday asking for a new name for the Washington Redskins. They want a name for the team that doesn't provoke and exploit divisions between Americans. So far the best idea is the Maryland Redskins." Argus Hamilton


“There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way.” Christopher Morley


When told the reason for daylight savings time the Old Indian said, “Only the Government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of the blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”


“The sleep of the laborer is pleasant - whether he eats little or much - but the wealth of the rich will not allow him to sleep.” Ecclesiastes 5:12


"The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.” Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)


 “Asked about the number of Obamacare enrollees who've paid, Jay Carney said 'we don't have hard numbers, but we dispute their numbers.' Try using THAT one at an IRS audit." Fred Thompson


“The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” Solomon, Proverb 21:5


“The great difficulty is to get modern audiences to realize that you are preaching Christianity solely and simply because you happen to think it true; they always suppose you are preaching it because you like it or think it good for society or something of that sort. Now a clearly maintained distinction between what the Faith actually says and what you would like it to have said or what you understand or what you personally find helpful or think probable, forces your audience to realize that you are tied to your data just as the scientist is tied by the results of the experiments; that you are not just saying what you like. This immediately helps them realize that what is being discussed is a question about objective fact…not gas about ideals and points of view.” C. S. Lewis 


"The more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to fix." Keith Bailey 


“A servant who acts wisely will rule over an heir who behaves shamefully, and will share the inheritance along with the relatives.” Solomon Proverb 17:2


"Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. [I]ndustry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.” –Benjamin Franklin (1753)


"Justice without force is impotent, [and] force without justice is tyranny. Unable to make what is just strong, we have made what is strong just." Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)


"IRS supervisor Lois Lerner's emails revealed that she coordinated audits on conservative groups with the Justice Department. Tea Party groups were audited just for opposing the president. That's what they get for being a bunch of nuts who don't trust the U.S. government." Comedian Argus Hamilton


"We want a society where people are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the state is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the state." Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)


"When the state intervenes to insure the indoctrination of some doctrine, it does so because there is no conclusive evidence in favor of that doctrine." Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)


[On the methods of political/cultural activists]  “Whoever captures the kids owns the future.” wrote Patricia Nell Warren, lesbian journalist, in The Advocate in 1995


[On the methods of political/cultural activists]  “We’ll get you through your children!” Allen Ginsberg, the famed Beat poet and gay hippie icon, shouted in 1958 to a young conservative leader 


Stephen Hawking: “Heaven is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

Professor John Lennox: “Atheism is a fairy story for people afraid of the light.”


"Let us not be deceived by phrases about 'Man taking charge of his own destiny'. All that can really happen is that some men will take charge of the destiny of the others." C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)


"Men must have the right of choice, even to choose wrong, if he shall ever learn to choose right." Josiah C. Wedgwood (1872-1943)


"You don't help the most by helping those who need help most. You help the most by helping those who will do the most with the help." Steve Gibson


“We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.” Norman Vincent Peale


“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” Norman Vincent Peale


"The greatest inequality is treating unequal people equally." Ron Blue, Splitting Heirs


"Laws are like cobwebs which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through."  Jonathan Swift


“The king of Israel replied, ’Tell him the one who puts on his battle gear should not boast like one who is taking it off.’" -1 Kings 20:11 


“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” Voltaire (1694-1778) 


"Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)


"There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity -- the law of nature, and of nations." Edmund Burke (1729-1797)


"Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.” Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)


“Wealth never creates wisdom. Wisdom may create wealth. If you pass wisdom to your children, you probably can pass wealth to them. If they have enough wisdom, then they may not need your wealth. ...The worst thing you can do is to pass wealth if you haven't passed wisdom.”  Ron Blue, Splitting Heirs


“Larry Burkett [and I were counseling] a wealthy businessman [who] had been very successful financially and had a sizable estate. When asked what he planned to do with it all, he replied, “I’ll leave it to my children, I guess.” Larry then asked him why he didn’t just give it to them right then, and he replied, “Why, they don’t know how to handle money. They’d just lose it all!” Becoming a bit bolder, Larry ventured, “Do you think they would lose it after you died as well?” The businessman responded, “Well, I’ll be gone then, so who cares?” Ron Blue, Splitting Heirs


"Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness." - George Washington


"Laws which prescribe what everyone must believe, and forbid men to say or write anything against this or that opinion, are often passed to gratify, or rather to appease the anger of those who cannot abide independent minds." Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)


"Inflation has one cause and one cause only: government spending more than government takes in. And the cure to inflation is a balanced budget. We know, of course, that after 40 years of social tinkering and Keynesian experimentation that we can't do this all at once, but it can be achieved. Balancing the budget is like protecting your virtue: you have to learn to say 'no.'" Ronald Reagan


 “Life’s tough … it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.”-John Wayne


"There's a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean, ya know. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday." John Wayne


"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."     G.K. Chesterton 


"There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions."  G.K. Chesterton


 “When we choose to go our own way, God does not stop us. He lets us go until our lives collapse around us.” Dennis F. Kinlaw 


“God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.” C. S. Lewis 


“[T]he more power we give the government the more corrupt it will become. And if we give it the power to confiscate our arms we also give up the ultimate means to combat that corrupt power. In doing so we can only assure that we will eventually be totally subject to it.” – Ronald Reagan


“One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.” – Ronald Reagan


 “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana "The Life of Reason"


"Nothing is easier than to persuade people who want to be persuaded and already believe."  Petrarch 


The great teaching techniques of the typical parent in the family business, according to Dr. Don Jonovic: “SUAW (Shut up and watch), SUAL (Shut up and listen) and RMM (Read…my…mind!)”


“Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.” T.S. Eliot


“Christian consciousness begins in the painful realization that what we had assumed was the truth is in fact a lie. It is an ‘aha’ moment when we wake up. Prayer is immediate: ‘Deliver me from the liars, God! They smile so sweetly but lie through their teeth. Rescue me from the lies of advertisers who claim to know what I need and what I desire, from the lies of entertainers who promise a cheap way to joy, from the lies of politicians who pretend to instruct me in power and morality, from the lies of psychologists who offer to shape my behavior and my morals so that I will live long, happily and successfully.’” Eugene Peterson


“Nothing brings more pain than too much pleasure; nothing more bondage than too much liberty.” Benjamin Franklin


“Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as the abuses of power.” James Madison


“As many discover, we reject one structure for another, one code of conduct for another, one set of limits and limitations for another. Not all roads claiming to lead to freedom actually go there.” Stuart McAllister


Perhaps instead of privileging our doubts and deconstructing our faith, we should consider privileging our faith and deconstructing our doubts?” Stuart McAllister


“True fulfillment and the possibility of boundless enjoyment come when we do life God’s way. When we do it our way, we only enslave ourselves.” Ravi Zacharias


"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."  Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher


“I’ve often said there are three questions that would destroy most of the arguments on the left. The first is: ‘Compared to what?’ The second is: ‘At what cost?’ And the third is: ‘What hard evidence do you have?’ Now there are very few ideas on the left that can pass all of those…” - Thomas Sowell


 “Markets aren't perfect, but they allow for a world where prudence is rewarded and sloth punished, a world in which more people take risks and innovate.” John Stossel


“The president misspoke: What he meant to say, a hundred or so times, was: 'If I like your insurance, you can keep it.'" National Review, November 2013


 “A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.” Texas Guinan 


“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” Oscar Ameringer


“If a government shuts down and no one notices, did it really need to be so big?” Mark Alexander, Patriot Post


"You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system. At any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system. Any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system may be disclosed or used for any lawful Government purpose."  From the "Terms and Conditions" of the ObamaCare web site


"[I]ntelligence amongst the good brings forth Madisons and Lockes -- amongst the bad, maybe a Marx or a Rousseau. Men skilled in rhetoric can be Churchills or Hitlers, those with charisma either George Washington or Jim Jones. Considerable skill in engineering may eliminate dependence on oil, or it may build nuclear weapons for Syrian terrorists. Whatever the skill, whatever the gift, its benefit to mankind depends not upon talent itself, but upon the character of those who wield it. Therefore, all sensible men must be in agreement that the talents of mankind are not in themselves good, but are wholly and universally dependent upon the judgment, fortitude, and charity of their possessors. Talent for the sake of civilization must be developed, but it is better to be in the company of the righteous layman and farmer than surrounded by impressively treacherous and barbarous men. ... Without valiant soldiers, honest judges, vigilant citizens, and ethical working men of all kinds, Edisons and Einsteins may occasionally succeed, but true liberty in divine Law permits genius to flourish." Jeremy Egerer (on the danger of education without morality)


“Whereas the truth is that the State in which rulers are most reluctant to govern is always the best and most quietly governed, and the State in which they are most eager, the worst.” Plato (The Republic)


 “The rulers, being aware that their power rests upon their wealth, refuse to curtail by law the extravagance of the spendthrift youth because they gain by their ruin.” Plato (The Republic)


 “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” C. S. Lewis 


"As work diminishes, necessities increase. This is the law. Man in the dreamy state is naturally prodigal and luxurious. The relaxed mind cannot lead a severe life." Victor Hugo, Les Miserables


"The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office." Ludwig von Mises, Economist (1881-1973)


"[T]he Marxist vision of man without God must eventually be seen as an empty and a false faith -- the second-oldest in the world -- first proclaimed in the Garden of Eden with whispered words of temptations: 'Ye shall be as gods.'”  Ronald Reagan


“The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution.” Ronald Reagan, February 9, 1982


"As for poverty, no one need be ashamed to admit it: the real shame is in not taking practical measures to escape from it." -- from Pericles' funeral oration in Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War


"It really is difficult to imagine how people who have entirely given up managing their own affairs could make a wise choice of those who are to do that for them. One should never expect a liberal, energetic, and wise government to originate in the votes of a people of servants." Alexis de Tocqueville


“For where a last will and testament is, there must of necessity be the death of him who made it.  For a will is in force where there has been death, for it is never in force while he who made it lives.” Hebrews 9:16-17 (Trusts start working while you are living, wills only are effective after you’re dead!)


 “The family is a ward of the state, tolerated as long as it does not neglect the children in those ways frowned upon by the elites (you can deprive your child of a father and be cheered for it, but God help you if you let him ride a bike without a helmet).” - Anthony Esolen


 “I pray that when my time comes I may not grumble that my body has worn out too soon, but hold on to gratitude that I have been so long at the helm of the most wonderful creation the world has ever known, and look forward to meeting the designer face to face.” Dr. Paul Brand


"When a government becomes powerful it is destructive, extravagant and violent; it is an usurer which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance, for votes with which to perpetuate itself." Cicero 


“A City’s fate may hang upon a bad harvest or the whims of a madman with an army across the sea. But if its people forget wisdom, there will be no need to wait for weather or war.” Anthony Esolen


 "Extreme taxation, excessive controls, oppressive government competition with business, frustrated minorities and forgotten Americans are not the products of free enterprise. They are the residue of centralized bureaucracy, of government by a self-anointed elite." Ronald Reagan


“By nearly every measure, the position of poor Americans worsened ... Those whom government intended to help discovered a cycle of dependency that could not be broken. Government became a drug, providing temporary relief, but addiction as well.” - Ronald Reagan, August 23, 1984


"The wise and correct course to follow in taxation is not to destroy those who have already secured success, but to create conditions under which everyone will have a better chance to be successful." - President Calvin Coolidge (1873-1933)


“There are some who pretend to be rich, yet have nothing. There are some who pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.” Proverb 13:7 (WEB)


"The chief difference between free capitalism and State socialism seems to be this: that under the former a man pursues his own advantage openly, frankly and honestly, whereas under the latter he does so hypocritically and under false pretenses." H.L. Mencken


"The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent."  Ludwig von Mises


“Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness." --George Washington


"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." --American journalist H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)


"We must have no carelessness in our dealings with public property or the expenditure of public money. Such a condition is characteristic of undeveloped people, or of a decadent generation." --President Calvin Coolidge


 “Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control and, therefore, religious and spiritual influences; education, knowledge, well-being." - English historian and writer Lord Acton (1834-1902)


"In St. Louis, armed Homeland Security agents monitored Tea Party members protesting the IRS. Good idea. When people think their government is out to get them, the best response is to send the government out to get them." - Fred Thompson


"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!" - Will Rogers 

“Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon." - Winston Churchill 


“Wouldn't it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men start going wild inside, like the animals here, and still look like men, so that you'd never know which were which.” (Prince Caspian) C. S. Lewis 


“You can measure opportunity with the same yardstick that measures the risk involved.  They go together.” E. Nightengale


“William Temple, former Archbishop of Canterbury, insisted that if our concept of God is wrong, the more religious we get the more dangerous we are to ourselves and others. Our concept of God must be a true representation of the One Who Is, the God with whom all of us ultimately will have to deal. In fact, nothing is more important for anyone or any society.” Dennis Kinlaw


A voice from the past… “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”  Thomas Jefferson


And one from the present… “They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.”  Barack Obama, 2013 


“The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country. A better educated electorate might change the reason many persons vote." - Lyn Nofziger 


“The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing." – 17th Century French economist Jean Baptiste Colbert


“Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that's the whole art and joy of words.” - C. S. Lewis 


“Die before you die, there is no chance after.” - C. S. Lewis  


"Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck." --Thomas Jefferson


"Consensus: The process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: 'I stand for consensus?'" - Margaret Thatcher 


“[A]according to the words of Jesus, I am saved by trusting in Him. In this context, ‘trust’ is [a] conscious choice, albeit a curious choice. For it seems that ‘trust’ is the only choice I can make that results in a loss of choice…the surrender of self-determination to another.” - Keith Bailey


"Perhaps the most thrilling of...neglected freedoms is that of not having to have one's own way…There is no greater slavery than that which insists you must have your own way...” - Dennis Kinlaw


“We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork." - economist Milton Friedman 


"A new Gallup poll shows that 55% of Americans say their income taxes are 'fair.' I'm guessing that'd be the 47% who pay none, plus a few Obama cabinet appointees." -Fred Thompson, April 2013


"See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay ... If such a law is not abolished immediately it will spread, multiply and develop into a system." --French economist Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)


"The truth makes us free but first it makes us miserable." Sandra Wilson


"Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without.  It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."   - Edmund Burke (1729-1797)


"There are two principles pre-eminently unfavourable to a free government; an absence of checks and balances, and a partiality in taxation." - John Taylor, 1820


“To push [the same-sex marriage] cause, the anti-Constitutional members of the Supreme Court prepared to declare that the federal government cannot define marriage for the purpose of federal benefits under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [The same Court] declared last year that the federal government can force individuals to buy health insurance. To simplify, then: The federal government can't define how federal cash gets spent, but it can define how your cash gets spent.” - Ben Shapiro (3/29/13)


"Legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways; hence, there are an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, bonuses, subsidies, incentives, the progressive income tax, free education, the right to employment, the right to profit, the right to wages, the right to relief, the right to the tools of production, interest free credit, etc., etc. And it is the aggregate of all these plans, in respect to what they have in common, legal plunder, that goes under the name of socialism." --French economist Frederic Bastiat 


“But government and its employees are selfish, like anyone else. That explains most of their behavior better than occasional shifts to the political left or right. We all tend to overspend and act lazy when we can get away with it.” - John Stossel


“Government is failing spectacularly at its core functions, such as budgeting and educating. Yet it continues to multiply its peripheral and esoteric responsibilities, tasks that require it to do things for which it has no aptitude, such as thinking and making common-sense judgments.” - George Will, writing about a 7 year old was suspended from public school for saying “bang bang” while holding a pop tart half-eaten and vaguely resembling the shape of a gun (CWF: Agree with spectacular failure and lack of common sense, but disagree that educating is a “core function” of government.)


"We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it's legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines." Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (After decades in the US Senate and she thinks it’s legal to hunt humans?)


“Obama's economic model is based on the Cloward-Piven strategy, a socialist scheme to overload the government welfare system to the point of crisis, requiring replacement of that system with a national system of ‘guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.’" - Mark Alexander, The Patriot Post


"As FDR discovered, he could promise one thing in an election, and deliver something quite different and get away with it as long as many political constituencies received their subsidies." - Burton Folsom 


"Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained." - C. S. Lewis


"Nowadays everyone's drawing up regulations. It's easier writing than doing."  Leo Tolstoy, in Crime and Punishment 


"[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice." CS Lewis


"When third parties pay a large part of the bill, at least temporarily, the customer's demand for the services rises and he is not as sensitive to price as he would be if he were paying himself." Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Ohio University


"The greater the power the more terrible its responsibility." Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


"We peep into the gospel only on the eve of making speeches in order to dazzle the audience by our acquaintance with what is anyway a rather original composition which may be of use to produce a certain effect, all to serve the purpose." Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


[Repentance] means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into... It means killing part of yourself, under-going a kind of death. C. S. Lewis 


"The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life -- the life God is sending one day by day."  C. S. Lewis 


"[Christ] proclaimed as the only true freedom, the glorious liberty of the children of God. He called men to a service that is itself perfect freedom, releasing them from the grueling enslavement to their own egos and appetites. All other freedoms, once won, soon turn into a new servitude. Christ is the only liberator whose liberation lasts forever." Malcolm Muggeridge


“Let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." George Washington, farewell address


"The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it." --English novelist and journalist George Orwell (1903-1950)


"The more rules and regulations, the more thieves and robbers there will be." --Father of Taoism Lao-Tzu (570-490 BC)


“Voters aren't children, but too many of them have the childish notion that the best policies are those that pander to their immediate desires.” Jonah Goldberg


"A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie." - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin  


“Most factual studies show no reduction in gun crimes, including murder, under gun control laws. A significant number of studies show higher rates of murder and other gun crimes under gun control laws." - economist Thomas Sowell


"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom; it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." --British Prime Minister William Pitt (1759-1806)


“The legacy of who the network goes to is important to us, and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view.” Response received by Glenn Beck when his offer to buy Al Gore’s cable channel ‘CurrentTV’ was declined…not long before it was sold to Al-Jazeera is


"The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well." - Henry W. Longfellow


"...For the Lilliputians think nothing can be more unjust, than that People, in Subservience to their own Appetites, should bring Children into the World, and leave the Burthen of supporting them on the Publick."  Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels

“....these politicians, ingenious in putting a mask of necessity upon profitable fictions....” -Victor Hugo, Les Miserables


“If a criminal breaks into my home, I'm not a great shot, so I need to be able to shoot many times and quickly to assure that I get them before they harm my family. Because when seconds count, the police are just minutes away. The Second Amendment is not about target shooting (I should do more) or hunting. It is about the liberty of good people to deter and if necessary stop evil people.” - Curt Ferguson


“You never stop bad people by disarming good people.” – Curt Ferguson


“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian." - Henry Ford


"If you don't want to have a gun in your home or in your school, that's your choice. But don't be such a d--- fool as to advertise to the whole world that you are in 'a gun-free environment' where you are a helpless target for any homicidal fiend who is armed. Is it worth a human life to be a politically correct moral exhibitionist?" --economist Thomas Sowell


"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." --German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer


"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants." --Cesare Beccaria, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book


“Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.” Douglas Case


“[H]ow do we know at what point the character of a people weakens? When they give over to government those duties which they should be pleased to perform themselves. When they are told they will be fed and sheltered even when they won't work, when they are promised security from the cradle to the grave, when they are told the state will take over the supervision of their children and say what schooling they should receive and where. When they are told all these things and supinely accept them." --author Janet Miriam Taylor Caldwell


“People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” - Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 11, 1944, Annual Message to Congress)


“Do you really want a solution or is the constant refrain why a way of escaping the responsibility of the answer?" Ravi Zacharias


“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” Aesop


"A new report shows that, in Virginia, gun violence has fallen as the sale of firearms has soared to a new record. In other news, a recent study shows that most criminals don't like getting shot at." - Fred Thompson


 “In Our age I think it would be fair to say that the ease with which a scientific theory assumes the dignity and rigidity of fact varies inversely with the individual’s scientific education. In discussion with wholly uneducated audiences I have sometimes found matter which real scientists would regard as highly speculative more firmly believed than many things within our real knowledge; the popular imago of the Cave Man ranked as hard fact, and the life of Caesar or Napoleon as doubtful rumour.” C. S. Lewis, The Discarded Image


"Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State." - Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924)

“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.” - Thomas Paine  


"[H]ow do we know at what point the character of a people weakens? When they give over to government those duties which they should be pleased to perform themselves. When they are told they will be fed and sheltered even when they won't work, when they are promised security from the cradle to the grave, when they are told the state will take over the supervision of their children and say what schooling they should receive and where. When they are told all these things and supinely accept them." --author Janet Miriam Taylor Caldwell


"One of the methods used by statists to destroy capitalism consists in establishing controls that tie a given industry hand and foot, making it unable to solve its problems, then declaring that freedom has failed and stronger controls are necessary." --author and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982) 


“Competition kills mediocrity.”  - John A. Warnick


"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."  - American novelist Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945)


"It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now." President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


“[S]piritual tourism without commitment is growing. We’re so busy making the Christian religion comfortable and accessible, tailoring the Gospel to fit our preferences, we no longer see the need to actually commit to spiritual truth or to the body of Christ.” - John Stonestreet 


“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” C. S. Lewis


"President Obama is angry at Mitt Romney for suggesting that college students should 'borrow money from their parents.' Right. You should do what Obama does—have them borrow money from their future children." - Fred Thompson 


"The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time." - Ayn Rand


“And I have hated all my labour that I labour at under the sun, because I leave it to a man who is after me. And who knoweth whether he is wise or foolish? yet he doth rule over all my labour that I have laboured at, and that I have done wisely under the sun! this also 'is' vanity.” Solomon, Ecclesiastes 2:18-19


"Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that is a bad idea. I've got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices." --Barack Obama [clear meaning: “…control their procreative activities but have all taxpayers help bear the consequences.”]


"There is a smarter way to get corporate money out of politics: Shrink the state. If government has fewer favors to sell, citizens will spend less money trying to win them.” - John Stossel 


 “[W]e cannot have a healthy economy apart from morality and ethics. Without promoting stable, healthy families, without protecting life and freedom, without promoting a Christian ethic that values work and saving over instant spending and gratification, no economy or nation can thrive.” - Charles Colson


"I believe in an America where the free enterprise system flourishes for all other systems to see and admire -- where no businessman lacks either competition or credit -- and where no monopoly, no racketeer, no government bureaucracy can put him out of business that he built up with his own initiative." - President John F. Kennedy 


“He cannot tempt to virtue as we do to vice. He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.” C. S. Lewis, in The Screwtape Letters 


“Everyone thinks of himself, and he lives most gaily who knows best how to deceive himself.” Svidrigailov, debaucher in Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky


"The purpose of education is to make the choices clear to people, not to make the choices for people." - American writer Peter McWilliams (1949-2000)


"Capitalism is relatively new in human history. Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man." - Walter E. Williams, economist 


“Written or recorded reflections of our life wisdom and experiences, encrusted with the beauty of our words of love, appreciation and faith in their goodness and potential, are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.” John A. Warnick


"When third parties pay a large part of the bill, at least temporarily, the customer's demand for the services rises and he is not as sensitive to price as he would be if he were paying himself."  Richard Vedder, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Ohio University


"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." Milton Friedman 


“[G]overnment does not tax to get the money it needs; government always needs the money it gets. Now, your son can be extravagant with his allowance and you can lecture him day after day about saving money and not being extravagant, or you can solve the problem by cutting his allowance." Ronald Reagan  


“Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is.” C. S. Lewis 


"we may eventually be bound not to disturb a man's mind even by argument." G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy 


"Border Patrol agents in California discovered 13 illegal immigrants being smuggled in a phony UPS van. Eric Holder is furious, saying they should've been overnighted by FedEx." --Fred Thompson, in May, 2012


"The common man is the sovereign consumer whose buying or abstention from buying ultimately determines what should be produced and in what quantity and quality." --economist Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973)


“When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy them, and only in the short run.” Thomas Sowell


"What orators lack in depth they make up for in length." - Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu 


“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life—the life God is sending one day by day.” C. S. Lewis 


“Thou [Jesus] didst desire man’s free love, that he should follow thee freely, enticed and taken captive by thee. In place of the rigid ancient law man must hereafter with free heart decide for himself what is good and what is evil, having only Thy image before him as his guide.” Fyodor Dostoevsky ~The Brothers Karamazov, translated by Thomas Beyer


"There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. While the first is the condition of a free society, the second means as De Tocqueville describes it, 'a new form of servitude.'" - Friedrich August von Hayek


“Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I'm afraid even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up they were so used to quarreling and making it up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently.” (The Horse and His Boy) C. S. Lewis 


"[Extending] the bounds of what may be called moral police, until it encroaches on the most unquestionably legitimate liberty of the individual, is one of the most universal of all human propensities." - John Stuart Mill 


“Worried about an IRS audit? Avoid what’s called a red flag.  That’s something the IRS always looks for.  For example, say you have some money left in your bank account after paying taxes.  That’s a red flag.”  Jay Leno


“There’s nothing wrong with the younger generation that becoming taxpayers won’t cure.” Dan Bennett


"Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep. The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity." - Eric Hoffer


"In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant." - former French president Charles de Gaulle 


“The last and most astounding fact about this faith; that its enemies will use any weapon against it, the swords that cut their own fingers, and the firebrands that burn their own homes. Men who begin to fight the Church for the sake of freedom and humanity end by flinging away freedom and humanity if only they may fight the Church.” G.K. Chesterton


"Everything is either a problem or an opportunity.  Wisdom is manifested as the ability to discern the difference and the capability to handle both."  - David Brewer


"Ignorance we can fix; Stupid is forever.” - The Teacher's Mantra


"All that we call human history--money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery--[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy." C. S. Lewis


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy


“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” Karl Barth


“A grateful heart will give you a  touch of refinement  that can come in no other way.” Glimpses into the Life and Heart of Marjorie Pay Hinckley, by Virginia Pearce

“The theory that everything is good had become an orgy of everything that was bad." G.K. Chesterton 


"To be controlled in our economic pursuits means to be controlled in everything." - Nobel laureate economist Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992)


"By saying ... that the president of the United States is running over the Constitution ... you seem to be saying that the president is not patriotic. You seem to be questioning [his] patriotism." - Charlie Rose to Newt Gingrich  (Yes. So what's your question Chuck?)


"Londoners had no particular objection to a king making a fool of himself. But they became indignant when it became evident that He wished to make fools of them." G.K. Chesterton


“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” C. S. Lewis 


“It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.” G.K. Chesterton


"As long as the law may be diverted from its true purpose -- that it may violate property instead of protecting it -- then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder. Political questions will always be prejudicial, dominant, and all-absorbing. There will be fighting to gain access to the legislature as well as fighting within it." - Frederic Bastiat


“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach” - Benjamin Mays 


One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.”   - Will Rogers 


“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.”   - Anthony Brandt


“A man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels; without counsel, people fail: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” – Solomon (Prov. 1:5 & 11:14)


“If a man dies and leaves his estate in an uncertain condition, the lawyers become his heirs.” - Edgar Watson Howe


“Politicians never accuse you of 'greed' for wanting other people's money -- only for wanting to keep your own money." -- Joseph Sobran 


“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear." – Thomas Sowell


“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career.” - C. S. Lewis 


“All goods look better when they look like gifts.” - G.K. Chesterton 


“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” - Charles Dickens 


“It’s not what you’re worth—it’s what you value.” Anon/unknown


“It’s what you value—not what you’re worth.” Anon/unknown


“The feeble-minded are people who know the truth, but only affirm it so far as consistent with their own interests.” - Blaise Pascal


 “We owe a great debt to those who point out our faults…They prepare us for the exercise of correction and freedom from fault.” - Blaise Pascal


“How is it that one class of citizens, the bureaucrats, have arranged things to insulate themselves from the ill consequences of their own actions?  The answer, simply, is ‘because they can.’" David Galland


“Nothing is easier than spending public money. It does not appear to belong to anybody. The temptation is over¬whelming to bestow it on somebody.” - President Calvin Coolidge 


“[I]f you tax people who work, and you pay people who don’t work, don’t be surprised if you find a lot of people not working. I have never heard of a poor person spending himself or herself to prosperity. It doesn’t work.” econo¬mist Arthur Laffer 


“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 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


"There is just one condition on which men can secure employment and a living, nourishing, profitable wage, for whatever they contribute to the enterprise, be it labor or capital, and that condition is that some one make a profit by it. ... It cannot be done by law, it cannot be done by public ownership, it cannot be done by socialism. When you deny the right to a profit you deny the right of a reward for thrift and industry." --President Calvin Coolidge


“As long as the focus is comparative and the answer is relative, we will never have enough.” Scott Farnsworth


“It’s the Democrats whose position is that the only prob¬lem in Washington, D.C., is the peasants aren’t sending enough cash in for the king to spend.” - Grover Norquist


“[N]o matter how tough things are right now, we still give thanks for that most American of blessings, the chance to determine our own destiny. The problems we face didn’t develop overnight, and we won’t solve them overnight.” --Barack Obama, while tirelessly working to deprive more Americans of freedom to determine their own destiny!


“Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” - Adam Smith 


“[T]hose who are willing to surrender their freedom for security have always demanded that if they give up their full freedom it should also be taken from those not pre¬pared to do so.” --economist Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992) 


"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."  Melody Beattie


“A man is never so on trial as in the moment of excessive good fortune.” -Lew Wallace, from ‘Ben Hur’


"It's always easy to spend other people's money, and especially easy to spend other people's money to the benefit of one's friends." Michael Sullivan 


"What you leave in your children is more important than what you leave for them." - Jon and Eileen Gallo


"It's easy being a humorist when you've got the whole government working for you." - Will Rogers


"This country wasn't built by men who sought handouts. In its brilliant youth, this country showed the rest of the world what greatness was possible to Man and what happiness is possible on Earth. Then it began apologizing for its greatness and began giving away its wealth, feeling guilty for having produced more than its neighbors.” - novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982) 


“Examine your values and understand that you must choose one side or the other. Any compromise between good and evil only hurts the good and helps the evil." - novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982) 


“There's always somebody who is paid too much, and taxed too little - and it's always somebody else.” - Cullen Hightower


“We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex--but Congress can.” - Cullen Hightower


“Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.” Ambrose Pierce


“To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.” Will Durant


“Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” Charles de Gaulle


 “Virtually everything is under federal control nowadays except the federal budget.” Herman E. Tal¬madge 


“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.” - Benjamin Franklin 


"Being unable to cure death, wretchedness, and ignorance men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things." Blaise Pascal 


“Great part of that order which reigns among mankind is not the effect of government.  It has its origin in the principles of society and the natural constitution of man… Common interest (has) a greater influence than the laws of government." - Thomas Paine 


"Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of 'emergency.' It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of men striving to get on horseback. And 'emergency' became the justification of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains." --President Herbert Hoover


"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience." - French Algerian author Albert Camus (1913-1960) 


“It would be absurd to say that all men who exercise power are bad men.  But I think you could say that all men who seek power are very dangerous men and require very careful watching.”  Malcolm Muggeridge 


“Without the distraction of computers, televisions, phones and cars the most extraordinary thing happened; we grew to know one another.” Kelly Monroe Kullberg (Finding God Beyond Harvard)


"L.A. is considering a ban on both plastic AND paper grocery bags. Fine. If I ever go shopping in L.A., my bags will be made from the fur of animals I killed myself." --former Senator Fred Thompson


"[W]ithout an efficient societal conveyor belt to move you on, [adolescence] appears to be the default setting of huge swathes of humanity."  - Mark Steyn 


"English experience indicates that when two political parties agree about something, it is generally wrong." - G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)


"[B]y thinking like bureaucrats instead of businessmen, Uncle Sam has managed to bankrupt an enterprise [the U.S. Postal Service] that enjoys a virtual monopoly. Only the government could do that."  Patriot Post, 9/10/11 


“The Church which is entrusted with the truth is a body of sinful men and women who falsely identify their grasp of truth with the truth itself.” – Lesslie Newbigin


"I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom." - President Calvin Coolidge 


"Don't be distracted from the non-negotiable." Ferguson family motto


Summer 2011 headline:  "Narcissists Rise to the Top Because People Mistake Their Confidence and Authority for Leadership Qualities“ - Daily Mail (London)


 “For who God is in our minds must always be shattered by who God is.” - Jill Carattini 


"When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice." - Saul Bellow


“There is no fear that a modern king will attempt to override the constitution.  It is more likely that he will ignore the constitution and work behind it's back.”  - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy


"People who say they want a government program because 'I don't want to be a burden to my children' apparently think it is all right to be a burden to other people's children."  - Thomas Sowell


"A socialist is somebody who doesn't have anything, and is ready to divide it up equally among everybody." - George Bernard Shaw 


“Let Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.  We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.” - Ronald Reagan


“[Liberals] hate standards for behavior, labeling all rebuke of bad behavior as being intolerant and judgmental.  And yet, they believe without divine influence, man is capable of someday achieving universal peace.  Totally absurd.” - Lloyd Marcus 


"[I]f we are to die to self and live to God... ‘so long as our idea of surrender is limited to the renouncing of unlawful things, we have never grasped it's true meaning[.]’” – Elizabeth Elliot, in part quoting Lilias Trotter 


“There is good news from Washington today.  The Congress is deadlocked and can’t act.”   -  Will Rogers 


“Learn to say no.  It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.”  Charles Spurgeon 


“The sane among us recognize that in a free society, income is neither taken nor distributed; for the most part, it is earned. Income is earned by pleasing one's fellow man. The greater one's ability to please his fellow man, the greater is his claim on what his fellow man produces.”  Walter Williams, economist 


"The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income."  George Foreman


"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."  G.K. Chesterton


“Often it isn't that we can't see the solution; it's that we can't see the problem.” G.K. Chesterton, from Father Brown Mysteries


“If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them”  (Psa 62:10b)


“Rules without relationship breed rebellion.” - Josh McDowell


“Proclaim the Gospel: use words if necessary.” - St. Francis


“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die – for the harder I work, the more I live.” - George Bernard Shaw


“There are two ways to get enough.  One is to continue to accumulate more and more.  The other is to desire less.” - unknown


"It was self-serving politicians who convinced recent generations of Americans that we could all stand in a circle with our hands in each other's pockets and somehow get rich." -  Paul Harvey 


“What entitlements do, and what the transformation of entitlements into rights does, is create a citizenry that increasingly lacks the most important character trait -- gratitude. …Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent. …But the welfare state undoes that. One does not express thanks for a right. So, instead of 'thank you,' the citizen of the welfare state is taught to say, 'What more can I get?’” - Dennis Prager 


“When a strong man armed keepeth his goods, his goods are in peace.”  Blaise Pascal


"As the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues. Prosperity is the real way to balance our budget. By lowering tax rates, by increasing jobs and income, we can expand tax revenues and finally bring our budget into balance." - John F. 


 “As if anything more unfortunate could happen to a man ruled by his own fancies.”- Pliny 


Observations on Life (from the Mind of Steven Wright)

• Borrow money from pessimists—they don't expect it back.

• Half the people you know are below average.

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

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

• OK, so what's the speed of dark?

• How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?

• Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

• When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

• Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

• If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

• Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

• What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

• My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."

• Why do psychics have to ask your name?

• A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.


“A man who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool; avoid him.  A man who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a wise man; teach him." - Arabic Proverb (from David Brewer) 


“liberalism permits Western civilization to be reconciled to its dissolution”  - James Burnham


“To give you an illustration of how bureaucracy works … England in 1803 created a new civil service position.  It called for a man to stand on the cliffs of Dover with a spyglass and ring a bell if he saw Napoleon coming.  They didn’t eliminate that job until 1945.” – Ronald Reagan


 “It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. … 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 


“A tyranny sincerely exercised ‘for the good of’ its victims may be the most oppressive.” -  C.S. Lewis


 “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~Leo Tolstoy 


“No generation can bequeath to its successor what it has not got.” C.S. Lewis 


"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over a member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant." - John Stuart Mill 


“Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up." - G. K. Chesterton


"The first law of the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth... There shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or of malice."  – Cicero


“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


It is certain the world never, either before or since, has seen anything equal to the writings of the New Testament.  Never was the love of God and the dignity to which he has raised the human nature, so clearly shown and demonstrated;  never were motives so Divine and powerful purposed to induce us to the practice of all virtue and goodness.  In short, there we find whatever ennobles and adorns the mind; whatever gives solid peace and joy; whatever renders us the most excellent and happy creatures; taught, recommended, and enforced by light and authority derived from the only fountain of truth and of all good.  - Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)


Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.  When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings, Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens. - Solomon  (Pro 23:4-5 NAS)


Do not say, "Why is it that the former days were better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.  Wisdom along with an inheritance is good And an advantage to those who see the sun.  For wisdom is protection just as money is protection. But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors. - Solomon  (Ecc 7:10-12 NAS)


Letting armies of government employees retire in their fifties, to live for decades on pensions larger than they were making when they were working, costs a lot more than keeping the poor from starving in the streets.   - Thomas Sowell 


“Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.” - George MacDonald 


“Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.” – Benjamin Franklin 


"Silver and gold are not gifts, but only excuses for gifts.  The only true gifts are gifts of self."  Anonymous


"Ignorance is voluntary misfortune." -Nicholas Lang


 [Responding to the Wikileaks public disclosure of classified documents] "If we want to keep our nation's secrets 'SECRET,' store them where President Obama stores his college transcripts and birth certificate." Mike Huckabee 


Keep a good sense of humor:

I saw a Democrat fall into the lake this morning and being a responsible citizen, I informed the Emergency Services.  It's 6:00 PM and they still haven't responded! Now I'm starting to think I've wasted a stamp......


“One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up."   -- Arthur Koestler


"The statesman who should attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals, would ... assume an authority which could safely be trusted, not only to no single person, but to no council or senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it." --Adam Smith


"We demand entire freedom of action and then expect the government in some miraculous way to save us from the consequences of our own acts.... Self-government means self-reliance." --President Calvin Coolidge (1873-1933)


“In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” -Al Rogers  


 “But it is the personal Author of the universe whose Spirit alone can set the human spirit free from its proclivity to self-inflation, self-doubt, self-absorption, and self-destruction, and free for its 'magnificent obsession'... to know the mind of God." - James E. Loder, The Logic of the Spirit 


“[T]he campaign finance bills that we have passed have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.  I think the Constitution is wrong.” --Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) 


"The global warming scam…with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it…has corrupted so many scientists…[and is] the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist." Hal Lewis, in letter of resignation as President of the American Physical Society, of which he was a member for 67 years

If we will not allow them, our windows on the world will neither expand with discovery, correction, truth, or faith. ... Truth is often bigger than what we see. ...If we are willing to let God transform the world before our eyes, there will be windows further opened, dynamics that move us deeper into the divine presence, and signs of God's existence that change us completely. - Jill Carattini, RZIM


"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." --American writer Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) 


 “The ... inescapable truth is government does not have all the answers. In too many instances, government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.” --Ronald Reagan


"One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived." --Italian statesman and political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)


"The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase." --Russian writer Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi (1828-1910)


 “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur


“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of igno¬rance and the gospel of envy.” British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965)


“Those who have been intoxicated with power ... can never willingly abandon it.” British statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797)


“The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.”  Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)


“They have an engine called the press whereby the people are deceived.”  C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength


“It would appear that Barack Hussein Obama's macro agenda for the U.S. economy is to break the back of capitalism and, in the ensuing crisis, use government intervention to replace it with a more refined socialist economic framework than the one currently in place.” Mark Alexander, Patriot Post, July 8, 2010


"All wisdom is plagiarism, only stupidity is original." Hugh Kerr


"A man may sink by such slow degrees that, long after he is a devil, he may go on being a good churchman or a good dissenter, and thinking himself a good Christian" - George MacDonald


"Indeed, the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts." - C.S. Lewis


“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.” - Dorothy L. Sayers


"If a state, or nation, has laws it will not enforce for political reasons, it mocks both the law and politics, to say nothing of the cultural order." - Cal Thomas


"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein


"The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse." - Edmund Burke


“When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!" - Jim Elliot


"[T]here is no more dangerous experiment than that of undertaking to be one thing before a man's face and another behind his back." --General Robert E. Lee (1807-1872) 


"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." --Thomas Jefferson 


“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein


"Error of Opinion may be tolerated where Reason is left free to combat it." - Thomas Jefferson 


“We are a nation that has a government -- not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed." Ronald Reagan


Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. - Ronald Reagan 


“All great change in America begins at the dinner table. - Ronald Reagan 


All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk. - Ronald Reagan 


Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. 


Don't be afraid to see what you see. Ronald Reagan 


Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known. - Ronald Reagan 


Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. - Ronald Reagan 


Facts are stubborn things. - Ronald Reagan


Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. - Ronald Reagan


Government exists to protect us from each other.  Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.  - Ronald Reagan


Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them. - Ronald Reagan 


Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer. - Ronald Reagan


How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.  - Ronald Reagan


I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress. - Ronald Reagan 


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


Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith. 

Ronald Reagan


Man is not free unless government is limited. -Ronald Reagan


The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much. - Ronald Reagan


The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination. - Ronald Reagan


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


To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest economy. 

Ronald Reagan


We are never defeated unless we give up on God.  - Ronald Reagan


“We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.” - Ronald Reagan


“We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” - Ronald Reagan


“We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.” - Ronald Reagan


“Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.” - Ronald Reagan


"You pay me two things: money and respect.  If I don't get the later, I don't want the former...here's your money back in full, please find another attorney." Jim Seidl, estate planning attorney


“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


“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then 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


“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.” - G Gordon Liddy


“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)


“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” -Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850) Author of “The Law”


“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)


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.)


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


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


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


The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. -Mark Twain


There is no distinctly American criminal class … save Congress. -Mark Twain


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


A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong

enough to take everything you have. -Thomas Jefferson


The child’s thought about Dad:

4 years: My Daddy can do anything! 

7 years: My Dad knows a lot…a whole lot.

8 years: My father does not know quite everything.

12 years: Oh well, naturally Father does not know that either.

14 years: Oh, Father? He is hopelessly old-fashioned.

21 years: Oh, that man-he is out of date!

25 years: He knows a little bit about it, but not much.

30 years: I must find out what Dad thinks about it.

35 years: Before we decide, we will get Dad's idea first.

50 years: What would Dad have thought about that?

60 years: My Dad knew literally everything!

65 years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more. 


“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 


"A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired." - Alexander Hamilton


“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” -  Henry Ford


“Optimism is essential to achievement. It is the foundation of courage and of true progress.” - Nicholas Murray Butler


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi


“My mind is a garden. My thoughts are the seeds. My harvest will be either flowers or weeds.” - Mel Weldon


“Men willingly believe what they wish.” Julius Caesar


“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.” – Thomas Paine


“[T]here are two immutable rules that govern federal programs: They will always cost more than lawmakers and presidents tell us they will, and once they're in place, they'll never go away.”  INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY, April 07, 2009


“Proper gun control is the most effective way to get your bullet to the correct destination.” - Champ Miller, Human Events


“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit.  He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.” - Indira Gandhi


“Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.” - Johann von Goethe 


“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.” – Ronald Reagan  


“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear.” – Ronald Reagan 


“The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”  Margaret Thatcher


“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” – Thomas Jefferson 


"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread." --Thomas Jefferson 


We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.  THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Samuel Kerchevel, Jul. 12, 1816 


No man will labor for himself who can make another labor for him.  THOMAS JEFFERSON, Notes on Virginia


Whenever people are well-informed they can be trusted with their own government.  THOMAS JEFFERSON, quoted in The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations


What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.  THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Colonel Smith, Nov. 13, 1787


A little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to James Madison, Jan. 30, 1787


When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated. – Thomas Jefferson 


The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases. – Thomas Jefferson 


"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." --Thomas Jefferson


"Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition." -- Thomas Jefferson


The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits. – Thomas Jefferson 


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


“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”  Thomas Jefferson  


“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” Thomas Jefferson 


“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  


“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” Thomas Jefferson  


“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 tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood 

of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson 


"Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. 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 said in1802


“The world is too big for us. Too much is going on, too many crimes, too much violence and excitement. Try as you will, you get behind in the race in spite of yourself. It’s an incessant strain to keep pace...and still, you lose ground. Science empties its discoveries on you so fast that you stagger beneath them in hopeless bewilderment. The political world is news seen so rapidly you are out of breath trying to keep pace... Everything is high pressure. Human nature cannot endure much more.”  The Atlantic Monthly, June 16, 1833.



Great Orators of the Democrat Party 


'One man with courage makes a majority.' - Andrew Jackson


'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.'-  Franklin  D.  Roosevelt


'The buck stops here.' - Harry S. Truman


'Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.' - John F. Kennedy


Not-so-Great Orators of the Democrat Party... 


'It depends what your definition of 'IS' is?'' - Bill Clinton


'That Obama - I would like to cut his NUTS off.' - Jesse Jackson


'Those rumors are false .... I believe in the sanctity of marriage.' - John Edwards


'I invented the Internet' - Al Gore


'The next Person that tells me I'm not religious, I'm going to shove my rosary beads up their ASS.' - Joe Biden


'America  is--is no longer,  uh,  what it--it,  uh,  could be,  uh what it was once was...uh,  and I say to myself,  'uh,  I don't want that future,  uh,  uh for my children.' - Barack Obama


'I have campaigned in all 57 states.- Barack Obama


'You don't need God anymore, you have us Democrats.'- Nancy Pelosi  (said in 2006)


'Paying taxes is voluntary.'- Sen. Harry Reid


'Bill is the greatest husband and father I know.  No one is more faithful, true, and honest than he.' - Hillary Clinton    (said back in 1998) 


‘Most of what we do down here is not authorized by the Constitution." Representative James Clyburn.


 ‘I don’t worry about the Con¬stitution on this. ... What I care more about, I care more about the people dying every day that don’t have health care.” --Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL)


‘I never had a real job.” U.S. Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner 


Their own words:


The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force. – Adolf Hitler 


We ask that the government undertake the obligation above all of providing citizens with adequate opportunity for employment and earning a living. The activities of the individual must not be allowed to clash with the interests of the community, but must take place within its confines and be for the good of all. Therefore, we demand: … an end to the power of the financial interests. We demand profit sharing in big business. We demand a broad extension of care for the aged. We demand … the greatest possible consideration of small business in the purchases of national, state, and municipal governments. In order to make possible to every capable and industrious [citizen] the attainment of higher education and thus the achievement of a post of leadership, the government must provide an all-around enlargement of our entire system of public education … We demand the education at government expense of gifted children of poor parents … The government must undertake the improvement of public health – by protecting mother and child, by prohibiting child labor … by the greatest possible support for all clubs concerned with the physical education of youth. We combat the … materialistic spirit within and without us, and are convinced that a permanent recovery of our people can only proceed from within on the foundation of the common good before the individual good. – From the political program of the Nazi Party, adopted in Munich, February 24, 1920 


Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything. – Josef V. Stalin 


How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think. – Adolf Hitler 


There is only one way to kill capitalism – by taxes, taxes, and more taxes. – Karl Marx 


If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government's ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees. – Bill Clinton, 42nd US President 


"We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. We have just as much unemployment as when we started . . . and an enormous debt to boot!" Rush Limbaugh?  No, FDR's Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau in 1939


Norman Mattoon Thomas (Nov. 20, 1884-Dec. 19, 1968) - a leading American socialist, pacifist and six time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.  In 1944, he said "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."

Near the end of his life, Thomas was asked why he had stopped running for president:  "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”


"Yes, this is a moment of challenge for our country.  But we've experienced great trials before. And with every test, each generation has found the capacity to not only endure, but to prosper - to discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis." B.H Obama


"Never waste a good crisis ... Don't waste it when it can have a very positive impact on climate change and energy security," Hillary Clinton, cynically taking advantage of economic crisis in order to advance her liberal agenda.  Same phrase, more or less, used by Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff



“New and expanded refundable tax credits would raise the fraction of taxpayers paying no income taxes to almost 50% from 38%. This is potentially the most pernicious feature of the president's budget, because it would cement a permanent voting majority with no stake in controlling the cost of general government.”  Michael Boskin, professor of economics at Stanford University


“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


“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of con¬fidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” --Thomas Jefferson


 “There’s nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”  Peter Drucker


“The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among the bounties, donations and benefits.” Plutarch (Roman historian)


"Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it." --John Adams 


“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) 


“To be trusted is a greater compliment that being loved.” – George MacDonald


"[T]here is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust." - James Madison


Milton Friedman:

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.”


"If all we want are jobs, we can create any number--for example, have people dig holes and then fill them up again, or perform other useless tasks." (Milton Friedman, Free To Choose)


“The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.”


“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”


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


“Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.”


“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”


“Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”


“Nobody spends somebody else's money as carefully as he spends his own. Nobody uses somebody else's resources as carefully as he uses his own. So if you want efficiency and effectiveness, if you want knowledge to be properly utilized, you have to do it through the means of private property.”


“The only way that has ever been discovered to have a lot of people cooperate together voluntarily is through the free market. And that's why it's so essential to preserving individual freedom. History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom.”


"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams


"All socialism involves slavery.... That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another's desires. The relation admits of many gradations. Oppressive taxation is a form of slavery of the individual to the community as a whole. The essential question is -- How much is he compelled to labor for other benefit than his own, and how much can he labor for his own benefit?" --Herbert Spencer


"Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people." --John F. Kennedy


 “Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants." --Alexander Hamilton


"It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise." ---Alexander Hamilton 


“It was the Republican Party that demolished the shining city on the hill my father built. It was the Republican Party that was 100 percent responsible for the end of the Reagan Revolution...[T]he Republican Party abandoned the trail leading to that shining city on the hill to become itself a quasi-Left-wing organization which looks at the Democrats’ welfare programs and says ‘me too’.” —Michael Reagan 


“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower 


“They are always under the dominion of the superstition of government, and forgetting that a government produces nothing at all, they leave out of sight the first fact to be remembered in all social discussion -- that the state cannot get a cent for any man without taking it from some other man, and this latter must be a man who has produced and saved it. This latter is the Forgotten Man." - William Graham Sumner


An argument fatal to the communist theory, is suggested by the fact, that a desire for 

property is one of the elements of our nature. - Herbert Spencer


Government is essentially immoral. - Herbert Spencer


We do not commonly see in a tax a diminution of freedom, and yet it clearly is one. - Herbert Spencer


“[A] wise and frugal government... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” —Thomas Jefferson 


"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools." ---Herbert Spencer 


"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it." ---Thomas Jefferson


"Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue, or in any manner affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those who watch the change and can trace its consequences; a harvest reared not by themselves but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow citizens." ---Federalist No. 62, likely James Madison


An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, 'They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead.'

Law of Logical Argument: Any thing is possible if you don't know what you are talking about. (unknown)


"When liberals start acting like they're opposed to pre-marital sex and mothers having careers, you know McCain's vice presidential choice has knocked them back on their heels." -- Ann Coulter 


“But listening to [Obama] speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or even a reform, not even in the State Senate.”  Sarah Palin


"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." -- Emma Goldman


"Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters." ---Samuel Adams


"I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty." ---Thomas Jefferson


"The prosperity of commerce is now perceived and acknowledged by all enlightened statesmen to be the most useful as well as the most productive source of national wealth." ---Alexander Hamilton


In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned. Alexis de Tocqueville

In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it. Alexis de Tocqueville


Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith. Alexis de Tocqueville


The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults. Alexis de Tocqueville


The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens.  Alexis de Tocqueville


America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. Alexis de Tocqueville


“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”  Alexis de Tocqueville


"No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms." ---Thomas Jefferson 



Law of Mechanical Repair: After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

Law of Gravity: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Law of Probability: The probability of being seen is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.


Law of Random Numbers: If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.


Law of the Alibi: If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.


Variation Law: If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).


Law of the Bath: When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.


Law of Close Encounters: The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.


Law of the Result: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.


Law of the Result (corollary): When you try to prove to someone that a machine will work, it won’t.


Law of Biomechanics: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.


Law of the Theater: At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.


The Starbucks Law: As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.


Murphy's Law of Lockers: If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.


Law of Logical Argument: Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.


White's Law of Physical Appearance: If the shoe fits, it's ugly.


Oliver's Law of Public Speaking: A closed mouth gathers no feet.


Wilson's Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy: As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.


Doctors' Law: If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better. Don't make an appointment and you'll stay sick.


“Time exists so everything does not have to happen at once” Jim Horan


John Adams was critiquing a book that held that the French Revolution proved that a “simple” government is the best type of government.  In one of his many comments in the margins of that book, Adams wrote:  “The clock with its wheels removed is simple.  But it will not tell the time of day.”


"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy."--Thomas Jefferson 


“The Biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.”--Thomas Merton


"Survey: Millionaires More Pessimistic on Economy Than the Affluent" --Atlanta Business Chronicle headline


"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it." --H. L. Mencken 


“Anyone may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes.” -- Judge Learned Hand


"Stories make everything we work with more valuable, including--or more accurately, especially--the people we serve."  -Scott Farnsworth


"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison


“People work harder and figure out solutions better when their own money is at stake.” John Lott, research scientist at the University of Maryland


"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation." --John Marshall 


"I own myself the friend to a very free system of commerce, and hold it as a truth, that commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive and impolitic." --James Madison


"War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own 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." - John Stuart Mill 


 “If you were there to personally give the inheritance…what would you say?”  “What do you want this inheritance to accomplish?” - William L. Geasey


“Don’t convince him . . . help him discover.” --Thomas E. Hitchcock


"We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst." --C.S. Lewis


"Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world." --Thomas Carlyle


"The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians." --Benjamin Disraeli


"Author Stephen R. Covey writes about the impossibility of "talking our way out of a problem we have behaved ourselves into."  Similarly, when it comes to leaving a legacy, we can't expect to bequeath something we do not have, nor can we pass on values and virtues we have not practiced.  Our legacies are inseparably connected with the way we have treat people day by day.  "Way of being" trumps "spin" every time.  We can't leave it if we don't live it.   --Scott Farnsworth


 “The money brings power to the legacy, and the legacy brings power to the money.”  -- Scott Farnsworth    [i.e. The financial wealth empowers the wisdom, and the wisdom empowers the financial wealth. The only way to make a lasting impact with your financial wealth is to create, train or find people who share your values, and when you are not able to control your own money, give it to them to do with it what you would if you were still able, living. (Curt’s take on Scott’s quote)]


"Amplification is the vice of modern oratory." ---Thomas Jefferson 


"The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men." --Samuel Adams


"[A] wise and frugal government... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned." --Thomas Jefferson 


"[W]hen all government...in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided..." --Thomas Jefferson


"The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good..." --James Madison


"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."  -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason. Let us be like the man of the frontier and always reveal with utmost honesty our real reasons for all that we do." --J.P. Morgan


"He that is warm for truth, and fearless in its defense, performs one of the duties of a good man; he strengthens his own conviction, and guards others from delusion; but steadiness of belief, and boldness of profession, are yet only part of the form of godliness." --Samuel Johnson


"A little integrity is better than any career." --Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Nonsense is nonsense whether it rhymes or not, just as bad half-pennies are good for nothing whether they jingle or lie quiet." --Charles Spurgeon


"The intent of the Founding Fathers was to have an armed population that would ensure the 'security of a free state.' The armed population would be able to defend itself from abuses of a tyrannical government or foreign invaders, and would have the means of self-defense against the criminal element." --Charles Bloomer


"In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution." --Alexander Hamilton


"Freedom was given to humanity by God. But, governments, if they can help it, never give freedom. They just hand out slavery with slogans." --Taylor Caldwell


"To prevent inquiry is among the worst of evils." --Thomas Holcroft


"The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves." --William Hazlitt


"That's what a Congressman or a Senator is for—to see that too much money don't accumulate in the national Treasury." --Will Rogers


"Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects". Will Rogers


"Senator Hillary Clinton's Christmas commercial, showing various government programs as presents under a Christmas tree, was a classic example of calculated confusion in politics.  Anyone who believes that the government can give the country presents has fallen for the oldest political illusion of all---the illusion of something for nothing. Santa Claus may turn out to be the real front-runner in the primaries, judging by the way candidates are vying with one another to give away government goodies to the voters. Santa Claus is bipartisan. The Bush administration [unveiled] its plan to rescue people who gambled and lost in the housing markets when the bubble burst. We now have a bipartisan tradition of the government stepping in to rescue people who engaged in risky behavior---whether by locating in the known paths of hurricanes in Florida or in areas repeatedly hit by wildfires over the years in California or by doing things that increase the probability of catching AIDS. Why not also rescue people who gambled away their life's savings in Las Vegas? That would at least be consistent. Apparently the only people who are supposed to be responsible are the taxpayers---and they are increasingly made responsible for other people's irresponsibility." ---Thomas Sowell


“If the government would ever get it together and provide universal health care, I could ski where I want to again.”  Unknown Companion on JHMR ski lift, after explaining that since she did not have health insurance and can’t afford a broken arm or blown-out knee, she has to be careful where she skis.


"Public affairs go on pretty much as usual: perpetual chicanery and rather more personal abuse than there used to be..." ---John Adams


“If ‘at the end of our lives all that is left of us is our stories,’ what then becomes of us if those stories have not been shared and safeguarded?”  -- Scott Farnsworth, quoting Rick Stone


All you have to do is decide what to do with the time given to you." – Wizard Gandalf, from The Lord of The Rings


“It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required." - Sir Winston Churchill


“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." - Matthew 7:12


"I believe that every person leaves some kind of legacy.  For some it's positive.  For some it's negative.  But here's what I know: we have a choice about what legacy we will leave, and we must work and be intentional to leave the legacy we want."  John C. Maxwell, Failing Forward


Eagles may soar but Weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. - Hawg Haggen


"Most men occasionally stumble over the truth, but pick themselves up and continue as if nothing had happened." Winston Churchill


"Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work." Karl Kraus (1874-1936)


"America will last until the populace discovers that it can vote for itself largesse out of the public treasury." Alexis de Tocqueville


It cannot be repeated too often that nothing is more fertile in prodigies than the art of being free; but there is nothing more arduous than the apprenticeship of liberty. It is not so with despotism: despotism often promises to make amends for a thousand previous ills; it supports the right, it protects the oppressed, and it maintains public order. The nation is lulled by the temporary prosperity that it produces, until it is roused to a sense of its misery. Liberty, on the contrary, is generally established with difficulty in the midst of storms; it is perfected by civil discord; and its benefits cannot be appreciated until it is already old.” Alexis de Tocqueville


“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."   Winston Churchill


"Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values."  – Joshua Liebman


"Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model, and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree, which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides, according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing." ---John Stuart Mill


"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." - John Adams


"Nothing is more essential... than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable character." - Samuel Adams


"The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States." ---Noah Webster 


"The gun has been called the great equalizer, meaning that a small person with a gun is equal to a large person, but it is a great equalizer in another way, too. It insures that the people are the equal of their government whenever that government forgets that it is servant and not master of the governed. When the British forgot that they got a revolution. And, as a result, we Americans got a Constitution; a Constitution that, as those who wrote it were determined, would keep men free. If we give up part of that Constitution we give up part of our freedom and increase the chance that we will lose it all. I am not ready to take that risk. I believe that the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms must not be infringed if liberty in America is to survive." ---Ronald Reagan


"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 Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever." ---John Adams


"A man slandered is doubly injured---first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it." ---Herodotus


"You should punish in the same manner those who commit crimes with those who accuse falsely." ---Thucydides


"[S]ilence supports the accuser's charge?" ---Sophocles


"You should not honor men more than truth." ---Plato


"Every day you meet a delegation going to some convention to try and change the way of somebody else's life." ---Will Rogers


"Power as an end in itself---power because it's neat and makes people want to be around you and give you money and beg favors of you---is the great temptation, the overpowering seducer of good men and good women." ---William Murchison


"Our problems are both acute and chronic, yet all we hear from those in positions of leadership are the same tired proposals for more government tinkering, more meddling and more control---all of which led us to this state in the first place... We must have the clarity of vision to see the difference between what is essential and what is merely desirable, and then the courage to bring our government back under control and make it acceptable to the people." ---Ronald Reagan


"If you got something for nothing,  someone got nothing for something."


"Some people are easily entertained.  All you have to do is sit and listen to them." 


"Faith is what makes you feel the comfort of the hearth while you're chopping the wood." 


"The goal in a good marriage is not to think alike, but to think together."

"He's a very forthright person.  He's right about a fourth of the time." 


"When you lose yourself in the service of others, you find the real you." 


"There are dozens of plans for success, but none of them work unless you do." 


"The world is full of two kinds of people; the givers and the takers. 

The takers eat well - but the givers sleep well."


"Be thankful for your problems; if they were less difficult, someone with less ability would have them." 


“God left the world unfinished -- the pictures unpainted, the songs unsung, and the problems unsolved -- that man might know the joys of creation.” -- Thomas S. Monson 


"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."    Thomas Jefferson




 1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

 2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

 3. Colt: The original point and click interface.

 4. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.

 5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?

 6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.

 7. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.

 8. If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

 9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

10. The United States Constitution ©1791. All Rights Reserved.

11. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand?

12. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.

13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.

15. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.

16. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

17. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.

18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

19. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.

20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.

21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.

22. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.

23. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don't make more.

24. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.

25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.


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