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"When you are dead, you don't know that you are dead, but it's hard for the people around you.  It's the same if you are stupid."
    - Unknown

"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"
    - Thomas Jefferson

"I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."
    - Winston Churchill

"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!"
    - P.J. O'Rourke ( May 6, 1993 )

"If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny."
    - Thomas Jefferson (1778)

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!"
    - Pericles ( 430 B.C. )

"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."
    - Mark Twain ( 1866 )

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. "
    - Thomas Jefferson

"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."
    - Albert Einstein

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."
    - Thomas Jefferson, 1791

"The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people's money."
    - Margaret Thatcher

"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale, and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged."
    - President Abraham Lincoln

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace.  We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
    - Samuel Adams, 1776

"Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? ... If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"
    - Patrick Henry

"I am often asked how radio works. Well, you see, wire telegraphy is like a very long cat. You yank his tail in New York and he meows in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? Now, radio is exactly the same, except that there is no cat."
    - Attributed to Albert Einstein

"Did you ever get the feeling that the world is a Tuxedo and you're a pair of brown shoes?"
    - George Goble

"Just be glad you're not getting all the government you're paying for."
    - Will Rogers

"You can't lift the wage earner by tearing down the wage payer."
    - Abraham Lincoln

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
    - Carl Sandburg

"For 50,000 years, ever since mankind invented the uses of fire, the wheel, the steam engine and recently the microprocessor, he has been endlessly striving to make himself 100 percent redundant. Now, when millions of us have achieved success, why all the complaints about the high level of unemployment?"
    - Reginald James Edwards - G4FGQ

"The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of "Women's Rights," with all its attendant horrors on which her poor, feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety."
    - Queen Victoria

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms, history shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own fall."
    - Adolf Hitler

"In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. Therefore ... in the Old Silurian Period the Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long ... seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long. ... There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact."
    - Mark Twain

"Women are like tea bags, You never know how strong they really are until you put them in hot water."
    - Nancy Reagan

"America wasn't founded so that we could all be better. America was founded so we could all be anything we damned well pleased."
    - P. J. O'Rourke

"In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take."
    - Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

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

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the rights of the people by the gradual & silent encroachments of those in power than by violent & sudden usurpations."
    - James Madison

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
    - George Washington

"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the people's liberty's teeth."
    - George Washington

"The country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it."
    - Abraham Lincoln

"You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things; to compete. You can be just an ordinary person, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals. The intense effort, the giving of everything you've got, is a very pleasant bonus."
    - Sir Edmond Hillary

"But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."
    - Carl Sagan

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."
    - Abraham Lincoln

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality."
    - Dante Alighieri

"Never do tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."
    - Mark Twain

"For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday."
    - John Glenn, Jr.

"If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?"
    - Steven Wright

"The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop."
    - Edwin Conklin

"There is many a boy here who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell. You can bear this warning voice to generations to come."
    - William Tecumseh Sherman

"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence."
    - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less."
    - Robert E. Lee

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help.""
    - Ronald Wilson Reagan

"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

"As it is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence."
    - Dwight David Eisenhower

"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

"A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction."
    - Rita Mae Brown

"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

"Aristotle taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons."
    - Will Cuppy

"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
    - Winston Churchill

"I wouldn't mind seeing opera die. Ever since I was a boy, I regarded opera as a ponderous anachronism, almost the equivalent of smoking."
    - Frank Lloyd Wright

"I have every sympathy with the American who was so horrified by what he had read about the effects of smoking that he gave up reading."
    - Henry G. Strauss

"To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did; I ought to know because I have done it a thousand times."
    - Mark Twain

"It is now proved beyond doubt that smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics."
    - Fletcher Knebel

"We may not know the whole story in our lifetime."
    - Earl Warren, regarding the assassination of President John F Kennedy

"Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of the billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things within that enormous immensity."
    - Werner von Braun

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
    - Charles A. Beard

"When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either."
    - Leo Burnett

"The universe has fascinated mankind for many, many years, dating back to the very earliest episodes of Star Trek, when the brave crew of the Enterprise set out, wearing pajamas, to explore the boundless voids of space, which turned out to be as densely populated as Queens, New York. Virtually every planet they found was inhabited, usually by evil beings with cheap costumes and Russian accents, so finally the brave crew of the Enterprise returned to Earth to gain weight and make movies."
    - Dave Barry

"There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself."
    - J. S. Bach

"Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on."
    - Samuel Butler

"Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams."
    - Mary Ellen Kelly

"Mankind is safer when men seek pleasure than when they seek the power and the glory."
    - Geoffrey Gorer

"Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it."
    - George Washington

"The Civil Service does not want power for its own sake. It wants it because if the right people don't get power, the wrong people get it."
    - Sir Humphrey Appleby

"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral."
    - Paulo Freire

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenaged boys."
    - P. J. O'Rourke

"The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right."
    - Edward Simmons

"Try not to become a person of success, rather try to become a person of value."
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."
    - Benjamin Disraeli

"It's a terribly hard job to spend a billion dollars and get your money's worth."
    - George Humphrey

"Nothing is easier than spending public money. It does not appear to belong to anybody. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody."
    - Calvin Coolidge

"We have the best Congress money can buy."
    - Will Rogers

"I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live."
    - Socrates

"The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one."
    - Honore de Balzac

"Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel."
    - Leonardo da Vinci

"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."
    - C. S. Lewis

"Knowledge is power."
    - Francis Bacon

"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Be not simply good: be good for something."
    - Henry David Throreau

"Dont set you wit against a child."
    - Jonathan Swift

"Once a gentleman, always a gentleman."
    - Charles Dickens

"The time is always right to do what is right."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers."
    - Socrates

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