Quotes and Conundrums

"The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits."

Leo Tolstoy

"IRS Form 1040 is a cross word puzzle. The cross word is: Dammit!"

H.E. Todd

"The only thing worse than a government monopoly is a highly unionized government monopoly. It's a recipe for mediocrity."

John Stossel

"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace."

Amelia Earhart

"Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us."

Leo Tolstoy

"The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence, from Jerusalem, of a lunatic asylum."

Havelock Ellis

Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.

John Adams

"Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst stage, an intolerable one."

Thomas Paine, 1776

"The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice, and truth.  He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely."

H. L. Mencken

"Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time.  But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons."

Douglas Adams

"The Europeans enslaved on the Barbary Coast of North Africa alone were far more numerous than all the Africans brought to the United States and to the 13 colonies from which it was formed."

Thomas Sowell

"The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart."

Dorothy Day

"Religion, which should most distinguish us from the beasts, and ought most particularly elevate us, as rational creatures, above brutes, is that wherein men often appear most irrational, and more senseless than beasts."

John Locke

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