Thoughts


From Abigail Adams

I am more and more convinced that Man is a Dangerous Creature, and that
Power whether vested in Many or a Few is Ever Grasping, and Like The
Grave Cries Give, Give, Give.

2009-04-21 at 14:03:29

From Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He alone is great and happy who requires Neither To Command Nor To
Obey in order to Secure His Being of Some Importance in the World.

2009-04-20 at 15:19:53

From Sheldon Richman

I am biased against government, specifically the people who make and carry
out its policies. It is to them that I look first for the cause of social
or economic problems, although it may not be the last place I look.

2009-04-18 at 20:30:06

From Frederick Douglass

I shall feel myself Discharging the Duty of a True Patriot; for He is
a Lover of his Country who Rebukes and Does Not Excuse Its Sins.

2009-04-16 at 17:28:07

More From Thomas Paine

Beware the Greedy Hand of Government, Thrusting Itself Into Every
Corner and Crevice of Industry.

2009-04-16 at 16:50:44

From Clarence B. Carson

Men live their lives within a framework of customary relations and
patterns for achieving their ends and solving their problems. In the
absence of positive force, they have worked out and accepted these
patterns voluntarily, or they submit to them willingly. Any alteration
of these by government involves the Use or Threat of Force, for that is
How Governments Operate. The old order must be replaced by a new order
for the reform to be achieved. The Result of the Forceful Effort To Do
This Is DISORDER.

2009-04-14 at 19:27:26

Still More From Ayn Rand

Any Alleged RIGHT of one man, which necessitates the Violation of the
Rights of Another Man, Is Not and Cannot Be a Right.

2009-04-13 at 20:09:26

From Alexis de Tocqueville

What good does it do me, after all, if an ever-watchful authority keeps
an eye out to ensure that my pleasures will be tranquil and races ahead
of me to ward off all danger, sparing me the need even to think about
such things, if that authority, even as it removes the smallest thorns
from my path, is also Absolute Master of My Liberty and My Life; if it
Monopolizes Vitality and Existence to Such a Degree that when IT
Languishes, Everything Else must also Sleep; and when IT DIES,
Everything Else Must Also Perish?

2009-04-11 at 15:16:30

Still More From Thomas Jefferson

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.

2009-04-08 at 22:00:02

From Ben Moreell

It must be obvious that liberty necessarily means freedom to choose
foolishly as well as wisely; freedom to choose evil as well as good;
freedom to enjoy the rewards of good judgment, and freedom to suffer
the penalties of bad judgment.

2009-04-03 at 16:51:32

From Isabel Patterson

Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident,
lapse, or omission. It is the Result of Their Deliberate Actions, Long
Persevered In, Which They Hold To Be Motivated By High Ideals Toward
Very Virtuous Ends.

2009-04-03 at 16:47:36

From Martin Luther King Jr.

Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question -
is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But Conscience
asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must
take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one
must take it because it is Right.

2009-04-03 at 04:29:54

From Hugo L. Black

For my own part, I believe that our Constitution, with its Absolute
Guarantees of Individual Rights, is the best hope for the aspirations of
Freedom which men share everywhere. I cannot agree with those who think
of the Bill of Rights as an 18th Century straitjacket, Unsuited for this
age. It is old but not all old things are bad. The evils it guards against
are not only old, these evils are with us now, they exist even today.

2009-03-30 at 16:04:37

From Sir Winston Churchill

The Main Vice of Capitalism is the Uneven Distribution Of Prosperity.
The Main Vice of Socialism is the Even Distribution Of Misery.

2009-03-29 at 21:12:59

More From Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Violence Can Only Be Concealed By A Lie, And The Lie Can Only Be
Maintained By More Violence.

2009-03-29 at 11:23:56

As You Traverse This Life Please Try To Remember That There Are No Absolute Mistakes; There Are Only Errors In Your Perceived Judgement As To The Likely Outcomes Of Your Actions!!!