Quotes Collection

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Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car. G.K. Chesterton
An obstinate man does not hold opinions, but they hold him; for when he is once possessed with an error, it is, like a devil, only cast out with great difficulty. Samuel Butler
If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. Mark Twain
Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside a dog it’s too dark to read. Groucho Marx
Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak. Cicero
Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage.
Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.
St. Augustine
Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others? Martin Luther King, Jr
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.
Oscar Wilde
The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and the establishment of the new, constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism. John C. Calhoun
Trickery and treachery are the practices of fools that have not the wits enough to be honest. Benjamin Franklin
Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Thomas Jefferson
Free speech means the right to shout ‘theatre’ in a crowded fire. Abbie Hoffman
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. Dante
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world.
Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Juvenal, Roman satirist
Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain
Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. Rabindranath Tagore
A myth is a fixed way of looking at the world which cannot be destroyed because, looked at through the myth, all evidence supports the myth. Edward De Bono
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it Edward R. Murrow
Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it. Thomas Jefferson
Half the truth is often a great lie. Benjamin Franklin
A nation that draws too broad a difference between it’s scholars and it’s warriors will have it’s thinking done by cowards and it’s fighting done by fools. Thucydides
You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott
When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. Sinclair Lewis
What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious. Marcus Tullius Cicero
The purest system of morals ever before preached to man has been adulterated and sophisticated by artificial constructions into a mere contrivance to filch wealth and power …and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, so as to constitute the real Antichrist. Thomas Jefferson
Words form the thread on which we string our experiences. Aldous Huxley
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process
he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss,
the abyss also looks into you.
Friedrich Nietzche
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato
The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war. Albert Einstein
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F. Kennedy
The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell
It is only the savage, whether of the African bush or the American gospel tent, who pretends to know the will and intent of God exactly and completely. H. L. Mencken
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Theodore Roosevelt
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Aldous Huxley
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln
Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose. Nietzsche
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. Blaise Pascal
Destiny – a tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure. Ambrose Bierce
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
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
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King
If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Woodrow Wilson
I understand democracy as something that gives the weak the same chance as the strong. Mahatma Gandhi
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Kahlil Gibran
The most important political office is that of the private citizen. Louis D. Brandeis
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage. Dwight D. Eisenhower
The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry. William F. Buckley
Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it’s something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles. Abbie Hoffman
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. Patrick Henry
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both. Louis D. Brandeis
The fatuous and dishonorable attempt to posit conservatives as the prime engine of civil rights depends for success on the ignorance of the American people. Leonard Pitts
Oppose not rage while rage is in its force, but give it way a while and let it waste. William Shakespeare
A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits. Richard Nixon
The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes strong than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence. T.H. Huxley
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. Galileo Galilei
He who controls the present controls the past. He who controls the past controls the future. George Orwell 1984
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. John F. Kennedy
The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance. Albert Camus
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear. Harry S. Truman
Permanent war is the most effective mechanism used by the power elite to stifle reform and muzzle dissent. Chris Hedges Death of the Liberal Class
Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. Abraham Lincoln
We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers salaries and take away their right to strike. Adolf Hitler
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. Thomas Jefferson 1816, in a letter to one Charles Yancey
I think it would be a good idea. Mohandas Gandhi – when asked what he thought of Western civilization
The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it. Karl Marx
Two things are infinite: the universe & human stupidity; and I’m not so sure about the universe. Albert Einstein
Upper crust – lots of old crumbs held together by dough. Ronald Reagan “The Notes”
The men who do things in the world, the men worthy of admiration and imitation, are men constitutionally incapable of any such pecksniffian stupidity. H. L. Mencken Damn! A Book of Calumny
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. Benjamin Disraeli
In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile—and the rest of us are f****d until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely. We owe that to ourselves and our crippled self-image as something better than a nation of panicked sheep. Hunter S. Thompson
A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation. Mark Twain
Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Abraham Lincoln
I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell. Harry S. Truman
One defeats the fanatic precisely by not becoming a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one’s intelligence. George Orwell
Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. John Kenneth Galbraith
The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence. T. H. Huxley
A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. John Burroughs
What is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents. Robert F. Kennedy
For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple – and wrong. H. L. Mencken
Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. John Kenneth Galbraith
Money becomes evil when it is not used to buy goods but when it is used to buy power…economic inequalities become evil when they are translated into political inequalities. Samuel P. Huntington
Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind. Robert Ingersoll
Beware the wrath of a patient adversary. John. C. Calhoun
To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely. Jorge Luis Borges
No warning can save people determined to grow suddenly rich. Lord Overstone
If you marry for money, you will earn it. Ezra Bowen
Only the educated are free. Epictetus
In America, money becomes evil not when it is used to buy goods but when it is used to buy power…economic inequalities become evil when they are translated into political inequalities. Samuel Huntington U.S. Political Scientist
It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows. Epictetus
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince. Plato
“What greed builds is built by destruction of the materials and lives of which it is built… This is the “creative destruction” of which learned economists speak in praise.” Wendell Berry, American poet
A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one. Alexander Hamilton
Secular schools can never be tolerated. Adolf Hitler April 26, 1933
If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. H. L. Mencken
Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid. John Wayne
Fascism will come to this country and it will come disguised as Americanism. Governor Huey Long
What begins in fear usually ends in folly. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Table Talk
What is to give light must endure burning. Vicktor Frankl (1905-1997) Holocaust survivor
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. Robert Frost The Black Cottage
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” Fred “Mister Rogers”
You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. Winston Churchill
If you sit by the river long enough, the body of your enemy will float down. Old Chinese proverb
Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost. Ronald Reagan
It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good. Margaret Mead American cultural anthropologist
The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion John Adams
Blindness to reason is the inevitable consequence of religious zealotry. Jeff Schweitzer Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation
Oderint Dum Metuant – Let them hate, so long as they fear. Caligula Sadistic Roman emperor who claimed godhood