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Posted on 02/20/2004 10:56:25 PM PST by april15Bendovr

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. - Winston Churchill

The 7 Modern Sins: Politics without principles, Pleasures without conscience, Wealth without work, Knowledge without character, Industry without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice. - Canon Frederic Donaldson

It is necessary for us to learn from others' mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself. - Admiral Hyman G. Rickover

The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man. - George Bernard Shaw

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. - Abraham Lincoln

The real heretic is not the atheist or agnostic (who are often decent people) but those who murmur "it doesn't matter what you believe, as long as it makes you feel good." This turns religion into a subjective matter, like taste in furnishings, and robs theology of its claim to ultimate truth. - Sydney J. Harris

An atheist's most embarrassing moment is when he feels profoundly thankful for something, but can't think of anybody to thank for it. - Mary Ann Vincent.

Some people treat God like they do a lawyer; they go to Him only when they are in trouble. - Anonymous

A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood. - General George S. Patton

"A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop." Robert Hughes

"In a free society, every opportunity comes with three obligations. First, you must seize it. You must mold it into a work that brings value to others. Second, you must live it. Opportunity is nurtured only by action. Third, you must defend the freedom to pursue opportunities. You must embrace these three obligations as if the future of the United States depended on it. In fact, it does. " Robert C. Goizueta

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."General George Smith Patton, Jr.

"It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." Douglas Macarthur

"The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity." Winston Churchill

"Although at the moment they may be equal in their lack of a real answer, the man who replies "I'll find out," is much more valuable to his employer, his neighbor, and to himself than the man who replies "l don't know." Anonymous

"Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong." Calvin Coolidge

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow." Dwight D. Eisenhower

"That which does not kill me, makes me stronger." SEAL Team saying

"Where there is no shame, there is no honor." African Proverb

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

Liberals always feel your pain. Unless of course, they caused it. Dennis Miller

"And I know your next move, I watch you so much, 'There's been no proven link between the secular state of Iraq and al-Qaeda!' Come on. They both think we're Satan. Isn't that a nice starting point? Why are you so loathe to believe they might have each other on lunatic speed dial?" -- Dennis Miller on Hannity & Colmes.

"I'm not a politician," She says evenly. "If I want to be one, I'll run for office. Susan Sarandon, whom I know and love, is a fantastic actress. It's her right as an American to say whatever she wants. [But] just because you're rich and famous doesn't qualify you to make political statements. I don't put my opinions out there to influence people. You have alot of influence. And sometimes I feel it's undeserved influence." Reese Witherspoon

"God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time." Robin Williams (on Clinton/Lewinsky affair)

"Here the country had finally given liberals a war against fundamentalism and they don't want to fight it. They would have, except it would put them on the same side as the United States." Ann Coulter-

"Even Islamic terrorists don't hate America like liberals do. They don't have the energy. If they had that much energy, they'd have indoor plumbing by now." Ann Coulter

C-Span debate monitored by Leon Panetta between Bill O’Reilly versus James Carville. What will Bill Clinton do with the rest of his life besides golf? Want a crack at that, James? James Carville replies I don’t know. I always wind up talking about him. I told somebody---I said defending President Clinton is like being in the Mafia, you just can’t get out of the thing. I’m the Michael Corleone. How do I get out of this business. Bill O’Reilly states Can I just say one thing? Really, this whole event has been worth it to hear James Carville admit he’s been involved in organized crime for the past eight years.

Don’t go around stating the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first. Mark Twain

My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but to be fought, that honor is to be earned but not bought. Margret Chase Smith

A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, Walks like Jane and smells like a Cheetah. Ronald Reagan

Political Correctness, what does it mean? It means that telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say, so telling us what to do can’t be far behind. Before you claim to be a champion of free thought, tell me: Why did political correctness originate on American campuses? And why do you continue to tolerate it? Why do you, who’re supposed to debate ideas, surrender to suppression? Lets be honest who thinks professors can say what they really believe? It scares me to death, and should scare you too, that the superstition of political correctness rules the halls of reason. Charlton Hestons speech at Harvard Law School (Winning The Culture War)

The modern definition of the word “Hate and Racist” is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal. Unknown Author

Republicans believe that every day is the fourth of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15. Ronald Reagan

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Ronald Reagan

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. Dwight Eisenhower

America is no longer the melting pot it used to be. It has now become a tossed salad of foreigners that arrive to our shores wanting to keep their culture and forcing our acceptance. Jay Severin

Ronald Reagan has a story for every occasion. Bill Clinton has an excuse for every occasion. Fred Barnes

Men who have offered their lives for their country know that patriotism is not the fear of something, it is the love of something. Adlai Stevenson

Listening to Democrats complain about inflation is like listening to germs complain about disease. Spiro Agnew

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. Colin Powell

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself on our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. John Wayne

Success is not final, Failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Sir Winston Churchill

Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30 and is not a conservative, has no brain. Sir Winston Churchill

The harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. Thomas Jefferson

We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time Vince Lombardi

Put your hands on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That is relativity Albert Einstein

Political Correctness is just Tyranny with manners. Charlton Heston

“President Clinton Boasts about 186,000 people denied firearms under the Brady law rules. The Brady law has been in force for three years. In that time, they have prosecuted seven people and put three of them in prison. You Know, the President has entertained more felons than that at fundraising coffees in the White House, for Pete’s sake…” Charlton Heston

“When you see all the rhetorical smoke billowing up from the Democrats, well ladies and gentleman, I’d follow the example of their nominee; Bill Clinton don’t inhale (1992 GOP convention) Ronald Reagan

“The governments view of the economy can be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves ,tax it. If it keeps on moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.” Ronald Reagan

“The Beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try and take it.” Thomas Jefferson

“ Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” James Madison, The Federalist Papers No. 46 243-244

“Giving government money and power is like giving car keys and whiskey to a teenage boy.” P.J. O’Rourke

“Please do not feed the squirrels. If you feed the squirrels, they’ll become overweight, and prone to disease. Their population will grow, and they’ll lose their ability to forage for food on their own. They will expect you to feed them and will attack you if you don’t. They’ll become like little welfare recipients, and you wouldn’t want to do this to them.” Sign reported by Clifford F. Thies in Rocky Mountain National Park

Welcome to the Politically Correct Sates of America. Please turn your mind in to the nearest oppressed minority pressure group. It will be returned to you once we’ve decided what you can think. Unknown Author

“The unemployment numbers are down to the lowest in 25 years…. The principle credit goes to Janet Reno, who continued to appoint special prosecutors.” Dick Armey

The difference between a politician and a statesman is: a politician thinks of the next election and the statesman thinks of the next generation. James Freeman Clarke

Communism is like prohibition. It’s a nice idea, but it won’t work. Will Rogers

A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American. Woodrow Wilson

There are no friends at cards or world politics. Finley Peter Dunne

Only if the’re coming to endorse my opponent. Don Johnson Democrat from Tennessee when asked if he wanted the Clintons to campaign for him.

Democrats have an answer to the unemployment problem. They’re all running for the Presidency. Bob Hope 1988

Not with this President. Donna Shalala, health and human service secretary under Bill Clinton, on the suggestion of a tax on junk food.

So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot. George Orwell

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies. Groucho Marks

The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. Mark Twain

Fox News Alan Colmes: ... and so far we have not found that smoking gun of WMD. Dennis Miller replies: Well, you know, anybody who doesn't believe they have chemical weapons over there should should have to go over and take a sip out of the Tigris River in the first place. History- Everyone can recognize history when it happens. Everyone can recognize history after it has happened; but it is only the wise man who knows at the moment what is vital and permanent, what is lasting and memorable. Sir Winston Churchill

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To: april15Bendovr
The difference between a politician and a statesman is: a politician thinks of the next election and the statesman thinks of the next generation. James Freeman Clarke
41 posted on 02/21/2004 5:54:43 AM PST by ChadGore (Viva Bush. He's EARNED a second term.)
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To: Prime Choice
Re: Curiosity killed the cat... ...Women and minorities hardest hit.
42 posted on 02/21/2004 5:56:35 AM PST by ChadGore (Viva Bush. He's EARNED a second term.)
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''There are lies, there are damned lies, ... and then there are statistics.'' -- Benjamin Disraeli

I've been paraphrasing and extending Disraeli for the modern age:

There are lies, damned lies, statistics and presentation graphics, in descending order of credibility.

43 posted on 02/21/2004 6:03:03 AM PST by Phsstpok (often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: Stellar Dendrite
That is Ironic but amusingly true about how and when liberals will decide upon to act.
44 posted on 02/21/2004 8:28:35 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: april15Bendovr
Welcome to Free Republic.

"What you have inherited from your fathers,
earn over again for yourselves or it will not be yours."

We inherited freedom. We seem unaware that freedom has to be remade and re-earned in each generation of man.

Poor is the nation that has no heroes.
Shameful is the one that, having heroes - Forgets them!
from a monument on the Davis Bridge Battlefield, Bolivar, TN

Those Who Have Long Enjoyed Such Privileges As We Enjoy,
Forget In Time that Men Have Died To Win Them.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

A government big enough to give you everything you want
is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
Gerald Ford, 1974

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away
Barry Goldwater

Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.
Mark Twain

General Anthony McAuliffe, United States Army
45 posted on 02/21/2004 8:57:47 AM PST by SAMWolf (Contrary to popular belief Hamas has nothing to do with ham. If you throw ham at them they get angry)
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To: Phsstpok
Sooooo true! (g!)
46 posted on 02/21/2004 10:05:10 AM PST by SAJ
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To: Fledermaus
Batsy -- Here ya go.


Nancy Witcher Langhorne, Lady Astor, MP, at a dinner party in 1938:

''Oh, be silent Winston! You're drunk.''

Winston Churchill, MP:

''I am drunk. And you, madam, are ugly. However, tomorrow morning I shall be sober.''

Note: Lady Astor was the first woman to introduce a bill in Parliament, and is often considered to be the epitome of haughtiness. She and Churchill, although both Tories, had any number of famous rows.

47 posted on 02/21/2004 10:28:48 AM PST by SAJ
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To: april15Bendovr
Results are more important than attempts. "I tried" is never a substitute for "I did." - me

Just one of many.
48 posted on 02/21/2004 10:29:02 AM PST by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: april15Bendovr
I read the following in a book of quotes, attributed to Thomas Jefferson:

A man who reads nothing at all is better educated than a man who reads nothing but newspapers!
49 posted on 02/21/2004 10:33:16 AM PST by leprechaun9 (Beware of little expenses because a small leak will sink a great ship!)
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To: dpa5923
What was I thinking. Thanks for the correction. A gross error on my part although I am sure Cronkite would of rather that it be a ommission.
50 posted on 02/21/2004 10:41:00 AM PST by april15Bendovr
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To: april15Bendovr
I don't approve of political jokes. I've seen too many of them get elected.

You can evade reality, but you cannot evade the consequences of evading reality - Ayn Rand)

As scarce as truth is, the supply invariably exceeds the demand.

If everything appears to be going well, you obviously don't know what the hell is going on.

Civil servants are neither civil nor servile.

These days, an education is essential for career success.
Unless, of course, you run for Congress.

Whenever a man casts a longing eye at public office, a rottenness appears in his conduct.

It is better to resign from office than it is to die in office; that way, you get to hear some of the eulogies.

Crime is merely politics without the excuses.

Politicians deal with the public on the basis of the mushroom policy:
Keep them in the dark and feed them manure.

Give me an example of pro and con.
Progress and Congress.

Honesty in politics is much like oxygen.
The higher up you go, the scarcer it becomes.

"A hobo is a migratory worker. A tramp is a migratory non-worker. A bum is a stationary non-worker."
What is your Congressman?

In third-world politics, the people with the guns call the shots. So keep yours handy!

Political cunning should never be mistaken for intelligence.

Those who like sausage or political policy should not watch either being made.

The British parliament is called the "Mother of Legislatures".
A somewhat similar term is often applied to Congress.

Politicians are much like ships: noisiest when lost in a fog.

Practical politics consists of ignoring the facts. Come to think of it, practical anything consists of that.

Activity is the politician's substitute for achievement.

Truth is very precious, this why salesmen and politicians say they use it very sparingly.

A politician's most important ability is to foretell what will happen tomorrow and next month and next year -
and to explain afterwards why it didn't happen.

No man's life, liberty, or property are safe whilst the legislature is in session.

Ambition is the curse of the political class.

Every institution tends to perish through an excess of its own policy.

Support Capitol Punishment, Flog a Politician Today

During Britain's "brain drain," not a single politician left the country.

It is difficult to be politically conscious and upwardly mobile at the same time.

A politician should do two terms - one in office and one in jail

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common.
They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

Invest in America Buy a Congressman!
51 posted on 02/21/2004 10:52:56 AM PST by B4Ranch ( Dear Mr. President, Sir, Are you listening to the voters?)
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To: All
"Obesity is rare among large breeds but the Labrador Retriever has an intense love of food and a unique ability to convince its owner that it is starving."
from Labrador Retrievers: The Dog that Does it all
52 posted on 02/21/2004 11:07:19 AM PST by Deb8
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To: april15Bendovr
There are many good ones attributed to Will Rogers:

The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back!

Why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

A fool and his money are soon elected.

Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock.

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators.

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.

53 posted on 02/21/2004 11:50:08 AM PST by Nea Wood (I want my country back.)
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To: solzhenitsyn; Fledermaus
Both quotes are attributed to Lady Astor. Her husband went to the House of Lords in 1919, and she won the seat he vacated in the House of Commons which she held until 1945. She was born American in 1879, moved to England in 1903. Here are a few similar comebacks.

Lady Astor was giving a costume ball and Winston Churchill asked her what disguise she would recommend for him. She said, "Why don't you come sober, Mr. Prime Minister?"

When the noted playwright George Bernard Shaw sent him two tickets to the opening night of his new play with a note that read: "Bring a friend, if you have one," Churchill promptly wired back: "I'll be there for the second performance, if there is one."

Once at a social gathering, Gladstone said to Disraeli, "I predict, Sir, that you will die either by hanging or of some vile disease". Disraeli replied, "That all depends, sir, upon whether I embrace your principles or your mistress."

It is said that Dorothy Parker and Clare Booth Luce arrived at a door simultaneously. Clare motions Parker ahead and says:
"Age before beauty"
Parker sweeps through the door without a pause and says over her shoulder:
"And pearls before swine."

54 posted on 02/21/2004 12:26:25 PM PST by nolu chan
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To: april15Bendovr
The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man. - George Bernard Shaw

All else being equal, I would think that rich people with sound teeth who are nonetheless miserable are the ones making the mistake.

55 posted on 02/21/2004 12:30:04 PM PST by 537 Votes (I'm logical, rational, and informed -- and I vote!)
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To: april15Bendovr
Hehe! Good screen name.

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
"If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?"
- Vince Lombardi
"When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."
- Mark Twain
"Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages."
- H. L. Mencken
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
- Aldous Huxley
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."
- Ernest Hemingway
"Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform."
- Mark Twain
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
- Aristotle
"Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."
-Mark Twain
"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
"Any law which violates the indefeasible rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all."
-Maximilien Robespierre
"The government’s only proper job is to protect individual rights against violence by force or fraud…to protect men from foreign invaders…to settle disputes among men according to objective laws….The greatness of the Founding Fathers was how well they understood this issue and how close some of them came to understanding it perfectly."
-Ayn Rand
"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the Great Ocean of Truth lay all undiscovered before me." - Sir Isaac Newton

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.
Malcolm X (1925 - 1965)

If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other.
Carl Schurz (1829 - 1906)

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955),

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Ronald Reagan (1911 - )

56 posted on 02/21/2004 12:31:42 PM PST by ovrtaxt (I'll start watching NASCAR when they start running figure 8s.)
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To: april15Bendovr
Here's an old thread about Favorite Patriotic Quotes" , an oldie but goodie.
57 posted on 02/21/2004 12:45:10 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda
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58 posted on 02/21/2004 5:37:32 PM PST by Mikey
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To: Consort
Yeah and some people say time travel isn't possible.
59 posted on 02/21/2004 5:39:48 PM PST by Mikey
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To: april15Bendovr
"Every normal man must at times feel the urge to spit on his hands, raise the black flag, and begin slitting throats."...HL Menkin
60 posted on 02/21/2004 5:54:24 PM PST by glasseye
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