"Friends are false; enemies are real."
--Old Mexican Saying
"Keep a good sharp edge on your knife, son. Keep a good sharp edge on your knife. A good sharp edge is a man's best edge against the unexpected vagaries of life."
"The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket."
"Excellence isn't a virtue, it's a habit."
"The trend of looking back to the '60s has gotten us nowhere. You've got generations now that don't have anything of their own. They seem to long for identity. Teens are so consumed with the '60s, peace signs and psychedelia. Their own generation is full of young Republicans, and rock 'n' roll is guys in rubber pants and hair spray."
"When they took the fourth amendment, I was silent because I don't deal drugs. When they took the sixth amendment, I kept quiet because I know I'm innocent. When they took the second amendment, I said nothing because I don't own a gun. Now they've come for the first amendment, and I can't say anything at all.”
|Tim Freeman||Justice, America, Politics|
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."
--US patriot & political philosopher
“…I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny known to the mind of man."
|Quote 86||"When the Government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the Government, there is tyranny.”||Thomas Jefferson||Politics|
"The sword of the law should never fall but on those whose guilt is so apparent as to be pronounced by their friends as well as foes."
|Quote 145||"When the people fear the ‘government,' that is tyranny. When the ‘government' fears the people, that is liberty."||Thomas Jefferson||Democracy, Politics, America|
|Quote 144||“To secure our rights is the reason we resort to government at all.”||Thomas Jefferson||Democracy, Politics, America|
"We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a feather bed."
|Thomas Jefferson||Democracy, Justice, Power|
"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...
What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion?
And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?
Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two?
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
|Thomas Jefferson||Democracy, Justice|
“I hope we shall... crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and to bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
--Letter to George Logan. November 12, 1816
"No free man shall ever be de|barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
[ This includes any U.S. government that would try to impose such an abomination as the U.S.A. Patriot Act upon the people! C.M.M. ]
|Thomas Jefferson||America, Politics, Justice, Democracy|
"There is only one force in the nation that can be depended upon to keep the government pure and the governors honest, and that is the people themselves. They alone, if well informed, are capable of preventing the corruption of power, and of restoring the nation to its rightful course if it should go astray. They alone are the safest depository of the ultimate powers of government."
|Thomas Jefferson||America, Politics, Justice|
"Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state."
|Thomas Jefferson||America, Politics|
"If our nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good, makes the bill good, also...It is absurd to say that our country can issue 30 million dollars in bonds and not 30 million dollars in currency. Both are promises to pay, but one promise fattens the usurers and the other helps the people."
|Thomas Edison||Capitalism, Economy|
"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge."
|Thomas Brackett Reed||Insults|
"We didn't intend the Empire. It just became a bad habit."
|Terry Patchett||Hubris, Politics, Power|
“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
|Samuel Langhorne Clemens||Politics|
"Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."
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