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... Some of my favorite quotes that I find thought provoking, (or amusing) below- NOTE: I enjoy many quotes, but it doesn't neccessarily mean I agree with the author's religious or political viewpoint, as in the case of H.L.Mencken, who was an atheist.


"As usual, the liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas are original and none of the original ideas are sound."-- Harold Macmillan

"We 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

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."--P.J. O'Rourke

"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.)

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." -- Ronald Reagan (1986)

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." --George Bernard Shaw

"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

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. -- Attributed to George Washington (not verifiable)

"Hanging one scoundrel, it appears, does not deter the next. Well, what of it? The first one is at least disposed of." --H.L.Mencken

"A rattlesnake loose in the living room tends to end any discussion of animal rights." -- Lance Morrow

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
The person 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

"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin, 1759

"If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last."--Ronald Reagan

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."--Benjamin Franklin

(And the history has proven Benjamin Franklin right):
"Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA - ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State." -–Heinrich Himmler

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." ~Bertrand de Jouvenel

"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."--H.L. Mencken

"An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup."--H.L.Mencken

"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin."--H.L.Mencken
[A note about Mencken; he was a cynic, and sadly, an atheist. However, many of his quotes are right on target.]

"A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier."--H.L.Mencken

"The New Deal began, like the Salvation Army, by promising to save humanity. It ended, again like the Salvation Army, by running flop-houses and disturbing the peace."--H.L.Mencken

"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free."--P.J. O'Rourke

"I'm not a liberal, so I don't have an infinite grasp on things I know nothing about."-- P.J. O'Rourke

The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth.-- G.C. Lichtenberg

If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal.
If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative.
If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate.
If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist."--Joseph Sobran (1995)

"In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other."--Voltaire(1764)

"Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done." -- George W. Bush

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"--Ronald Reagan

"No greater injury can be done to any youth than to let him feel that because he belongs to this or that race he will be advanced in life regardless of his own merit or efforts."--Booker T. Washington, 1857-1915

"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won the war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."--General George Patton

"I confess that in America I saw more than America; I sought the image of democracy itself, with its inclinations, its character, its prejudices, and its passions, in order to learn what we have to fear or hope from its progress."-- Alexis de Tocqueville

"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." ~Mark Twain

"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~

“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society.-As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all.-We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education.” ~ Frederic Bastiat -’The Law’

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” ~ William Pitt

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

"One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it." ~ Elizabeth Bowen

"If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."~ Samuel Adams

"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipt them not, and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherish'd by our virtues."~ Shakespeare;(All's Well That Ends Well 4.3.68-74)

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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