Quotes

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Freedom of Speech

  • A free press can exist only where there is private control on the means of production. In a socialist commonwealth, where all publication facilities and printing presses are owned and operated by the government, there cannot be any question of a free press. The government alone determines who should have the time and opportunity to write and what should be printed and published. (Ludwig Von Mises)
  • Freedom of the mind requires not only, or not even specially, the absence of legal constraints, but the presence of alternative thoughts. (Allan Bloom)
  • The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity, but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities. (Allan Bloom)

General

  • Everything is what it is and nothing else. (Bishop Joseph Butler)
  • Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see. (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  • Compassion is the basis of morality. (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  • An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. (Ben Franklin)
  • It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. (Jonathan Swift)
  • The people who cast the votes decide nothing; the people who count the votes decide everything. (Joseph Stalin)
  • You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The truth is the greatest enemy of the State. (Joseph Goebbels)

Government

  • In general, people in politics seem to develop their strategies around their personal ambition and then decide on their objectives. For me, the first step is to define the objective and then develop the strategy. (Jared Kushner)
  • When government takes away citizens’ right to bear arms, it becomes citizens’ duty to take away government’s right to govern. (George Washington)
  • Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. (George Washington)
  • A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have…. (Thomas Jefferson)
  • What is existential to democracy is allowing totalitarian regimes—or any government—full knowledge of everything you do at all times.  Because the tendency is always going to be to want to regulate how you think, how you act, what you do. The problem is that most people don’t think very hard about what that world would look like.  (Robert Spalding)

Gun Control

  • No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. (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)
  • Arms in the hands of citizens (may) be used at individual discretion…in private self defense… (John Adams)

Liberty

  • They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.  (Benjamin Franklin)
  • A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy. (Ronald Reagan)
  • Inside every progressive is a totalitarian screaming to get out. (David Horowitz)

Morality and Religon

  • The reason we have 17000 pages in our law books is because we can not follow 10 lines on a tablet made of stone. (Ravi Zacharias)
  • Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.  (George Washington)
  • Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. (John Adams)
  • Liberty can no more exist without virtue and independence than the body can live and move without a soul. (John Adams)
  • Public virtue [morality] cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue [morality] is the only foundation of republics. (John Adams)
  • It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.  (John Adams)
  • Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. (Patrick Henry)

Poverty

  • 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)

Socialism

  • There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. (Henry David Thoreau)
  • Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. (Winston Churchill)
  • The problem with Socialism is that it eventually runs out of other people’s money to spend. (Margaret Thatcher)