Quotes

Compassion is defined not by how many people are on the government dole but by how many people no longer need government assistance.  Rush Limbaugh

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

Freedom is the last, best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln

Hope is no basis for a defense policy. Margaret Thatcher

Bad men cannot make good citizens. Patrick Henry

You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him. Booker T. Washington

I don’t care who you are, I care who you want to be. Newt Gingrich

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. Theodore Roosevelt

It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. Patrick Henry

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Ronald Reagan

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. Barry Goldwater

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke

An actual right is something that governments need merely to secure, not to implement. James Dean

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. Herbert Hoover

Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. Alexis de Tocqueville

Diligence is the mother of good luck, and God gives all things to industry. Benjamin Franklin

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain

Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: “Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I. Alexis de Tocqueville

Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It’s not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights–the ‘right’ to education, the ‘right’ to health care, the ‘right’ to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery–hay and a barn for human cattle. There’s only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences. P. J. O’Rourke

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right. Mohandas Ghandi

Freedom is the last, best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. Thomas Jefferson in a letter to William Ludlow, 1824

If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy. Thomas Jefferson

It either is or ought to be evident to everyone that business has to prosper before anyone can get any benefit from it. Theodore Roosevelt

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. Emiliano Zapata

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that menial lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. Thomas Paine

It is the duty of all nations as well as of men to own a dependence upon the over-ruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose god is the Lord. Abraham Lincoln

It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and to humbly implore his protection and his favor. George Washington

Just be thankful you’re not getting all the government you paid for. Will Rogers

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

There is no such thing as a society. There are individual men and women and there are families. Margaret Thatcher

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety. Benjamin Franklin

Things will get better – despite our efforts to improve them. Will Rogers, said during the Great Depression

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. George Orwell

We’re entering our third century now, but it’s wrong to judge our nation by its years. The calendar can’t measure America because we were meant to be an endless experiment in freedom, with no limits to our reaches, no boundaries to what we can do, no end point to our hopes. Ronald Reagan, 1987

What is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. Thomas Jefferson

What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds. Will Rogers

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions. Aristotle

When a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under the government of individual men, who for the time being have power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of what it ought to mean. J. Curtis, dissenting in Dred Scott v. Sandford U.S. Supreme Court Justice

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ President Ronald W. Reagan

I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University. National Review Founder William F. Buckley

We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much. President Ronald W. Reagan

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty . . . I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well. President Teddy Roosevelt

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. American inventor Benjamin Franklin

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil. President Grover Cleveland

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Speaker Newt Gingrich

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. President John F. Kennedy

To be free is better than to be unfree – always. Any politician who suggests the opposite should be treated as suspect. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts. President Ronald W. Reagan

Conservatives have excellent credentials to speak about human rights. By our efforts, and with precious little help from self-styled liberals, we were largely responsible for securing liberty for a substantial share of the world’s population and defending it for most of the rest. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born. President Ronald W. Reagan

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves. President Thomas Jefferson

Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have. U.S. Senator and 1964 Presidential Nominee Barry Goldwater

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money. French historian Alexis de Tocqueville

I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University. National Review Founder William F. Buckley

We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much. President Ronald W. Reagan

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty . . . I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well. President Teddy Roosevelt

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. Benjamin Franklin

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
President Grover Cleveland

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. President Calvin Coolidge

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog. President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Speaker Newt Gingrich

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. President John F. Kennedy

To be free is better than to be unfree – always. Any politician who suggests the opposite should be treated as suspect. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. President Abraham Lincoln

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. President Thomas Jefferson

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
President John F. Kennedy

What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? President Abraham Lincoln

I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts. President Ronald W. Reagan

Conservatives have excellent credentials to speak about human rights. By our efforts, and with precious little help from self-styled liberals, we were largely responsible for securing liberty for a substantial share of the world’s population and defending it for most of the rest. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill

Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process. President Ronald W. Reagan

Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. President Calvin Coolidge

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. President Abraham Lincoln

The Democrats say that the United States has had its days in the sun, that our nation has passed its zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems, that the future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities. My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view. President Ronald W. Reagan