Favorite Quotes

"Do not put down your flags. Do not put down your enthusiasm and your emotion and your love for this country." -Allen West, 2009

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
-Mother Teresa

"The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule." -Albert Einstein

"Those crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who actually do." --Ronald Reagan

If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing. -Margaret Thatcher

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."- Winston Churchill

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. -The Dalai Lama

"It's not the critic who counts...the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena....and whose place shall never be among those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." --Teddy Roosevelt

"Well done is better than well said." --Ben Franklin

"A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many
want in... And how many want out." -Tony Blair

“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.” -Mother Teresa

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." -Thomas Jefferson

"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it." -George Orwell

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans" --John Lennon

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. -Mother Teresa

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” -Thomas Jefferson

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

"The trouble with Socialism is, sooner or later you run out of other people's money." -- Margaret Thatcher

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." -- Plato

“If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.” - Mother Teresa

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and "government", so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." -- Thomas Jefferson

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

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as if everything is. -Albert Einstein

How is it possible that suffering that is neither my own nor of my concern should immediately affect me as though it were my own, and with such force that is moves me to action? - Schopenhauer

"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

When government gets too big, freedom is lost. Government is supposed to be the servant. But when a government can tax the people with no limit or restraint on what the government can take, then the government has become the master." -R. Reagan

Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story. -Margaret Thatcher

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

We dance around the ring and suppose,
but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
-Robert Frost

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.-- Abraham Lincoln

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

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. -Matthew 5:14-16

If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." -Samuel Adams

A nation of sheep soon begets a government of wolves." -Edward R. Murrow

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -Thomas Jefferson

"Nobody else is going to do the things which are yours to be done in the world." --Eleanor Roosevelt

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

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress. -Ronald Reagan

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms..disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one." - Thomas Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria, Criminologist in 1764.

“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” -Mother Teresa'

I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power. -Thomas Jefferson

There is only one road to human greatness: through the school of hard knocks. -Albert Einstein

"Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us." -- Golda Meir

"After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one." Cato the Elder (234-149 B.C.)

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." --Plato

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms..disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one." - Thomas Jefferson (quoting Cesare Beccaria, Criminologist), 1764.


To handle yourself, use your head; To handle others, use your heart. --Eleanor Roosevelt

What understanding or intelligence have they? They put their trust in popular bards and take the mob for their teacher..." Heraclitus

Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. -Ronald Reagan

“America's future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live.” --Jane Addams

"My thinking is that if your old friends don’t want you because of your inconvenient association with the truth, even when you threw mud at both sides of the conflict, where only one side deserved any, then you need new friends" --Les Visible

No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation - Douglas MacArthur

"Supposing is good, but finding out is better." --Mark Twain

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe." -Noah Webster, An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787

If you would not be forgotten, As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy reading,Or do things worth the writing.
--Benjamin Franklin

Faith is the highest passion in a human being. Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further. -Soren Kierkegaard

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. -Douglas Adams

"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." -Albert Einstein

Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars - mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?
Richard P. Feynman

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character." -Albert Einstein

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. -Douglas Adams

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty. -Margaret Thatcher

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. -Eleanor Roosevelt

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could ...and should do for themselves."
-Rev. William J. H. Boetcker (sometimes attributed to be said by Abe Lincoln, but this has been questioned)

Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan

"In every fat book is a thin book trying to get out." -unknown

“My actions are my only true belongings.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. --Eleanor Roosevelt

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. The best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. The more public provisions are made for the poor, the less they provide for themselves and become poorer. On the contrary, the less that is done for them, the more they do for themselves, and become richer. Benjamin Franklin 1766

For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen. -Douglas Adams

Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms. [...] the right of the citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.
-- Hubert H. Humphrey, 1960

The tree of Liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. -Thomas Jefferson

If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy,
which one would you think liked dolphins the most?
I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong, though.
It's Hambone. -Jack Handy

You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think. -A Course in Miracles

"...Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
--Robert Frost

People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top. -Margaret Thatcher

"Past the seeker as he prayed, came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them he cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?"
God said, "I did do something. I made you."
-Sufi Teaching

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." -Thomas Jefferson

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Instead of a trap door, what about a trap window?
The guy looks out it, and if he leans too far, he falls out.
Wait. I guess that's like a regular window. -Jack Handy

"Never let anyone tell you no, who does not have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. -Margaret Thatcher