Thoughts


From George Carlin

"Rights are not rights if someone can take them away. They are privileges. That is all we have ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter. Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize the government .. does not care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety.. It is interested in its own power. That is the only thing. Keeping it and expanding it wherever possible."

2017-03-06 at 20:14:10

From Maxwell Anderson

Life is infinitely less important than freedom. A free man has a value to himself and perhaps to his time; a ward of the state is useless to himself -- useful only as so many foot-pounds of energy serving those who manage to set themselves above him.

2017-03-06 at 14:17:53

From Hannah Arendt reporting on the trial of Adolf Eichmann

"The triumph of the S.S. demands that the tortured victim allow himself to be led to the noose without protesting, that he renounce and abandon himself to the point of ceasing to affirm his identity. And it is not for nothing. It is not gratuitously, out of sheer sadism, that the S.S. men desire his defeat. They know that the system which succeeds in destroying its victim before he mounts the scaffold . . . is incomparably the best for keeping a whole people in slavery."

2017-03-03 at 11:27:15

From William Ernest Hocking

The liberty of going wrong is the seamy side of the priceless privilege of going right by free choice rather than by compulsion.

2017-03-03 at 11:25:18

From Thomas Merton

We make ourselves real by telling the truth. Man can hardly forget that he needs to know the truth, for the instinct to know is too strong in us to be destroyed. But he can forget how badly he also needs to tell the truth. We cannot know truth unless we ourselves are conformed to it. We must be true inside, true to ourselves, before we can know a truth that is outside us. But we make ourselves true by manifesting the truth as we see it.


2017-03-02 at 12:00:38

From Daniel Webster

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.

2017-03-01 at 12:19:16

From F. A. Harper

Once a right to collective looting has been substituted for the right of each person to have whatever he has produced, it is not at all surprising to find the official dispenser deciding that it is right for them to loot the loot -- for a " worthy " purpose, of course.

2017-02-28 at 14:02:17

From W. N. Ewer

I gave my life for freedom -- this I know; for those who bade me fight told me so.


2017-02-27 at 13:53:05

From Jason Sorens

Because doing good and helpful things for people is not a duty of justice, you can not force people to be good and helpful. You can force people not to steal or murder, because not stealing and not murdering are duties of justice. We can enforce duties of justice.

2017-02-25 at 12:30:13

From Andrei Sakharov

Do not trust governments more than governments trust their own people.


2017-02-24 at 13:17:12

More From James Madison

It is not certain that with this aid alone "possession of arms", they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will, and direct the national force; and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned, in spite of the legions which surround it.

2017-02-23 at 12:31:55

From William Graham Sumner

Every man and woman in society has one big duty. That is, to take care of his or her own self. This is a social duty. For, fortunately, the matter stands so that the duty of making the best on ones self individually is not a separate thing from the duty of filling ones place in society, but the two are one, and the latter is accomplished when the former is done.


2017-02-22 at 14:30:34

From Will Rogers

Somebody is always telling us in the paper how to prevent war. There is only one way in the world to prevent war and that is for every nation to tend to its own business. Trace any war and you will find some nation was trying to tell some other nation how to run their business. All these nations are interfering with some other nations personal affairs but with an eye to business. Why do we not let the rest of the world act like it wants to.

2017-02-17 at 15:05:58

More From Thomas Jefferson,

It is inconsistent with the principles of civil liberty, and contrary to the natural rights of the other members of the society, that any body of men therein should have authority to enlarge their own powers, prerogatives or emoluments without restraint.

2017-02-16 at 18:07:30

From Reverend Martin Niemoller

In Germany they came first for the Communists and I did not speak up because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak up because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak up because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I did not speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.


2017-02-15 at 13:42:29

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!!!