Thursday, September 6, 2012

Quotes Worth Pondering (for the quote lover)

Terrorism is the price of empire. If you do not wish to pay the price, you must give up the empire. - Pat Buchanan

The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened. - Josef Stalin

Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. -  Hermann Goering, Nazi leader.

Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death - Adolph Hitler

‎We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us. - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. John Maynard Keynes

By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose. - John Maynard Keynes

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. - George Washington

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. - George Washington

If taxes are laid upon us without our having a legal representation where they are laid, we are reduced from the character of free subjects to the state of tributary slaves. - Samuel Adams

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were once our countrymen. - Samuel Adams

It does not take the majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fire freedom in the minds of men. — Samuel Adams

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. - James Madison

‎[T]he powers granted by the proposed Constitution are the gift of the people, and may be resumed by them when perverted to their oppression, and every power not granted thereby remains with the people. - James Madison

An alliance or coalition between Government and religion cannot be too carefully guarded against......Every new and successful example therefore of a PERFECT SEPARATION between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance........religion and government will exist in greater purity, without (rather) than with the aid of government. James Madison

During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution. - James Madison

What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. James Madison

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. James Madison

War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. James Madison

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, (i.e., the “business cycle”) the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. - Thomas Jefferson

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it. - Thomas Paine

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

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience….Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihoods are all involves; so is the very structure of our society….we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist….Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together. Excerpt from Farewell Address of President John D. Eisenhower, January 17, 1961

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hope of its children. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. - Dwight Eisenhower

Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today's war on terrorism merely makes the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world. - Lt. General William Odom - Director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan.

If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable. - John F. Kennedy

Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people. - John F. Kennedy

The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war. The wars of our age are not at variance with popular economic doctrines; they are, on the contrary, the inescapable result of a consistent application of these doctrines. - Ludwig von Mises

Government is the only institution that can take a valuable commodity like paper, and make it worthless by applying ink. - Ludwig Von Mises

[I]n America it is the so-called capitalist who is to blame for the fulfillment of Marx's prophecies. Beguiled by the state's siren song of special privilege, the capitalists have abandoned capitalism. - Frank Chodorov

‎If philanthropy is not voluntary, it destroys liberty and justice. The law can give nothing that has not first been taken from its owner." - Frederic Bastiat

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder. - Frederic Bastiat

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. - Frederic Bastiat

The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. - Frederic Bastiat

Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone. Frederic Bastiat

‎You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad. - Aldous Huxley

The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists. – Ernest Hemingway

‎I can calculate the motions of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. - Issac Newton

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. - Albert Einstein

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. - Albert Einstein

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. - Leonardo da Vinci

It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere. - Voltaire

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people. ― Howard Zinn

‎Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about. - Mark Twain

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. Mark Twain

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress. - Mark Twain

Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters. - C.S. Lewis

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C.S. Lewis

If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. C.S. Lewis

A man may have to die for our country: but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself. - C.S. Lewis

Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods. - H. L. Mencken

It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he descended from man. - H. L. Mencken

It is the invariable habit of bureaucracies, at all times and everywhere, to assume...that every citizen is a criminal. Their one apparent purpose, pursued with a relentless and furious diligence, is to convert the assumption into a fact..... - H. L. Mencken

Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even. — Will Rogers

If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist. - Joseph Sobran

Freedom has ceased to be a birthright; it has come to mean whatever we are still permitted to do. - Joseph Sobran

Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom. - Herbert Spencer

All socialism involves slavery.... That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another's desires. The relation admits of many gradations. Oppressive taxation is a form of slavery of the individual to the community as a whole. The essential question is -- How much is he compelled to labor for other benefit than his own, and how much can he labor for his own benefit? - Herbert Spencer

Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. – Sallust

But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist." - Lysander Spooner

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. - Henry David Thoreau

Governments need armies to protect them against their enslaved and oppressed subjects. - Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. - Ayn Rand, The Nature of Government

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion -- when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing -- when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors -- when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you -- when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice -- you may know that your society is doomed. - Ayn Rand

[Some people] have a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom. I believe that it is easier to establish an absolute and despotic government amongst a people in which the conditions of society are equal, than amongst any other; and I think that, if such a government were once established amongst such a people, it would not only oppress men, but would eventually strip each of them of several of the highest qualities of humanity. Despotism, therefore, appears to me peculiarly to be dreaded in democratic times. - Alexis de Tocqueville

The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money. - Alexis de Tocqueville

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men, purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one (and) to annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery, he must be made to feel that slavery is right. - Frederick Douglass

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.- Frederick Douglass

The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. - Frederick Douglass

It is not light that we need but fire; it is not the gentle shower but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind and the earthquake. - Frederick Douglass

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. - Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi

The state represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the state is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence. - Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy? - Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. - Krishnamurti

Some people say I go too far in wanting to cut the government. They say I want to throw out the baby with the bathwater. But here's what they don't understand: It's Rosemary's baby. - Harry Browne

People, why don't we all just say, "Please, enslave me. I don't want to take the trouble to learn or know anything, even though all the info I need is at my fingertips on the Internet, so just go ahead and exploit me, loot me, and get rich off me. Where's my beer?" Tom Woods, author of Meltdown

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