Quotes and Conundrums

"It does not require a majority to prevail; but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people's minds."

Samuel Adams

"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."

Mark Twain

"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow."

Chinese Proverb

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."

T.S. Eliot

"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance. "

James Madison

"Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm."

Steven Wright

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

Dr. Adrian Rogers

"The power to tax is the power to destroy."

John Marshal

"Robert Conquest, an outstanding American historian of the Soviet Union, was routinely pilloried by leftists for being too harsh on the Soviets, and for 'exaggerating' Soviet crimes. To this day, a few holdouts continue to deny or minimize those crimes, but by and large Conquest has been vindicated. He was recently asked by his publisher to prepare a new edition of his book The Great Terror, incorporating Soviet materials now available to scholars. They asked for a new title for the updated edition. Conquest suggested 'I Told You So, You F***ing Fools.'"

The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History
Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D

"The object of this Essay is to assert one very simple principle, as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion. That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self- protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil, in case he do otherwise. To justify that, the conduct from which it is desired to deter him must be calculated to produce evil to someone else. The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign."

John Stuart Mill
Essay on Liberty

"In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. ... This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists' antagonism toward the gold standard."

Alan Greenspan

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence - it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master."

George Washington

"The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life."

Adolph Hitler
My New World Order
February 1, 1933

"We learn from history that we do not learn from history."

Georg W.F. Hegel

"The bleak truth is that, under normal conditions, most of North America and Europe are buried under about 1.5km of ice. This bitterly frigid climate is interrupted occasionally by brief warm interglacials, typically lasting less than 10,000 years."

Phil Chapman

"It appears we have appointed our worst generals to command forces, and our most gifted and brilliant to edit newspapers! In fact, I discovered by reading newspapers that these editor/geniuses plainly saw all my strategic defects from the start, yet failed to inform me until it was too late. Accordingly, I'm readily willing to yield my command to these obviously superior intellects, and I'll, in turn, do my best for the cause by writing editorials - after the fact."

Robert E. Lee, 1863

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