Misc Quotes

Considering world events of late, here's some you might find interesting.

"He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." --     Thomas Paine 

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.-- Benjamin Franklin

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
-- Justice Louis D. Brandeis

"The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations."-- David Friedman

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.". -- Thomas Jefferson

"No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves." -- John Peter Zenger

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.". --  Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

"By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed." - Adolph Hitler

"War is based on deception.". --  Sun Tzu (ca. 500 BC)

"Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind.
Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people."
. --  Jawaharlal Nehru

"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

"The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom."
--  Justice William O. Douglas

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
--  Martin Luther King, Jr.

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.". --  Charles Austin Beard, historian

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel." --  Patrick Henry

"Since when is public safety the root password to the Constitution?" --  C. D. Tavares

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." --  George Washington

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.". --  H. L. Mencken

"Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous." --  William Proxmire

"Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." --  Baruch Spinoza

"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind." --  John F. Kennedy

"You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered." --  Lyndon Johnson

"The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment."
--  Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977)

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death!" --  Patrick Henry

"Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error." --  Thomas Jefferson

"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it."
--  Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Thou shalt not kill."  -- God, Exodus 20:13/ Deuteronomy 5:17

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