Famous Quotes

        I remember when a man's word meant something, and the difference between honorable and dishonorable was crystal clear.

        This is a collection of my favorite quotes of wisdom.   I believe they explain important lessons and warnings needed to preserve America's freedom.

                            - Larry A. Willis


"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But,
under the name of 'liberalism,' they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program,
until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened."

- Norman Thomas (US Socialist Presidential Candidate)



“Reason and experience both forbid us to expect
that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

- George Washington

(It affects us all, when our people turn from God.)



“We cannot continue to rely only on our military.
in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set.
We’ve gotta have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful,
just as strong, just as well funded as the United States military."

- Barack Obama (2008 Presidential Candidate)

- WARNING -

      If you think the DHS will help Obama fundamentally transform America,
ask yourself this; "Why did the they order 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition?
. . . . and who will they be shooting with it?"



"What are we going to do if citizens are disarmed,
and the government doesn't obey its own laws?"

- Jeff Cooper

(I believe that Liberals will soon force all of us to answer this question.)



"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent
the government from wasting the labors of the people
under the pretense of taking care of them."

- Thomas Jefferson

(That's an early warning about Obama's Healthcare.)



"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule."

- H.L. Mencken

(Here is another warning about Obama's Healthcare.)



“If you put our federal government
in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in 5 years there would be a shortage of sand."

- Milton Friedman

(Imagine how our government will manage our healthcare.)



"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by
letting the Government take care of him,
better take a closer look at the American Indian."

- Henry Ford



“Socialized Medicine is the Keystone
to the Arch of the Socialist State.”

-Vladimir Lenin



"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country.
One is by the sword.   The other is by debt."

- John Adams

(How about a $17 trillion dollar deficit?)



"There is far more danger in public than private monopoly,
for when government goes into business it can always shift its losses to the taxpayer.
Government never makes ends meet - and that is the first requisite of business."

- Thomas Edison

(This is another warning about government controlled healthcare.)



“We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around.
And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth.  
Our government has no power except that granted it by the people.
It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows
signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.”

- Ronald Reagan

(Obama obviously doesn't agree with this message.)



"The States are separate and independent sovereigns.
Sometimes they need to act like it."

- Chief Justice Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court

(Health Care Decision)



"Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it."

- Albert Einstein



"To compel a man to furnish funds
for the propagation of ideas he abhors
is sinful and tyranical."

- Thomas Jefferson



“I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you’ve earned,
but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”

- Thomas Sowell

(Building wealth envy while calling people greedy is a Democratic strategy for getting votes.)



"Man is not free unless government is limited."

- Ronald Reagan



"Most men occasionally stumble over the truth,
then pick themselves up and carry on as if nothing ever happened."

- Winston Churchill



"The Constitution is NOT an instrument for the government to restrain the people,
it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government
-- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."

- Patrick Henry



"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority.
It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made
to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.
There are men in all ages who mean to govern well,
but they mean to govern.   They promise to be good masters
. . . . . but they mean to be masters."

- Noah Webster (1758–1843)



"Give me control over a nation's currency,
and I care not who makes its laws."

- Baron Rothschild

(Audit the Federal Reserve, and you might see who's buying our politicians.)



"There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow.   Our destruction,
should it come at all, will be from the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government."

- Daniel Webster

(Start getting involved, and sign up an NRA Member.)



"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize
they can bribe the people with their own money."

- Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859)

(That's a warning about unlimited entitlements.)



"The issuing power of money should be taken from banks
and restored to Congress and the people to whom it belongs.
I sincerely believe the banking institutions having the issuing power of money,
are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies."

- Thomas Jefferson

(That's an early warning about our Federal Reserve.)



"Remember, when seconds count . . . . the police are only minutes away."

- Unknown

(It's a good idea to be armed . . . . just in case.)



"Anyone who would trade their freedom for safety
deserves neither freedom or safety."

- Benjamin Franklin



“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile,
hoping it will eat him last.”

- Winston Churchill



"Government's first duty is to protect people,
not to run their lives."

- Ronald Reagan



"We have a system that increasingly
taxes work and subsidizes non-work."

- Milton Friedman

(It's called the liberal agenda.)



"When men cease to believe in God,
They will believe in anything."

- G.K. Chesterton



"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God,
then we will be a Nation gone under."

- Ronald Reagan



"A nation without [secure] borders is not a nation."

- Ronald Reagan



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

- Ronald Reagan



“There is no ‘slippery slope’ toward loss of liberties, only a long staircase
where each step downward must first be tolerated by the American people and their leaders.”

- Alan K. Simpson

(Get involved in politics, or it will become a slippery slope.)



“It is freedom itself that still hangs in the balance,
and freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.”

- Ronald Reagan

(Be aware of what our government run school system is teaching.)



“We have to pass the Healthcare bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

- Nancy Pelosi (House Speaker March 9, 2010)

      This is a serious INDICATION that our government is way out of control.
Think about her statement as you read the next quote.



"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think."

- Adolf Hitler

      This is a serious WARNING!   The purpose of our Constitution is to limit the powers of our government, and it's the sworn duty of our elected officials to abide by it, and to preserve the Constitution.



"This year (1935) will go down in history!   For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration!
Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"

- Adolf Hitler

Barack Hussein Obama (and many other liberals) would love to follow this same demented plan.



"The people who cast the votes don't decide an election,
the people who count the votes do."

- Joseph Stalin



"Liberty means responsibility.   That is why most men dread it."

- George Bernard Shaw



"How a politician stands on the Second Amendment
tells you how he or she views you as an individual;
as a trustworthy and productive citizen,
or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over,
controlled, supervised, and taken care of."

- Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp



“The problem with socialism is that you eventually
run out of other people’s money.”

- Margaret Thatcher



“Don't expect to improve the weak
by tearing down the strong.”

- Calvin Coolidge



"The Government that governs best ... governs least."

- Thomas Jefferson



“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”

- Ronald Reagan



“When the people find that they can vote themselves money,
that will herald the end of the republic.”

- Benjamin Franklin



“A democracy is always temporary in nature;
it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover
that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates
who promise the most benefits from the public treasury,
with the result that every democracy will finally collapse
due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship”

- Alexander Tytler 1787



"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."

- Calvin Coolidge



"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

- Benjamin Franklin



"We 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



"An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates
will never produce enough revenue to balance the budget,
just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits."

- John F. Kennedy



"No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man
than that which protects the rights of conscience
against the enterprises from civil authority"

- Thomas Jefferson



"You need only reflect that one of the best ways
to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days
is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding
fathers used in the great struggle for independence."

- Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948)



"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.
They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone
under independence.   The church, the plow, the prairie
wagon and citizens firearms are indelibly related."

- George Washington



“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned
from time to time that their people preserve
the spirit of resistance.   Let them take arms.”

– Thomas Jefferson

(This famous patriot is quite clear about the Second Amendment.)



"The most effective way to find ourselves enslaved
will not be done openly.   If weakened we will sink gradually.
I ask, who are the militia?   They consist of the whole people,
.... except a few public officers."

- Thomas Jefferson



"The 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 to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be
attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

- Thomas Jefferson



"If guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars make people drive drunk,
and spoons made Rosie O’ Donnell fat."

- Unknown



"The Constitution shall never be construed to authorize congress
to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable
citizens .... from keeping their own arms."

- Samuel Adams



"Only an armed people can be truly free.
Only an unarmed people can ever be enslaved."

- Aristotle



"You cannot invade the mainland United States.
There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."

- Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
(Japanese Navy)



"Can our system of government, our system of justice,
survive if one can be denied a freedom because he might abuse it?"

- Harlon B. Carter



"No free man shall be debarred the use of arms."

- Thomas Jefferson



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

- Barry Goldwater



"If you ever find that you only have an hour to live ....
spend it with a liberal and it will seem like a year."

- Rush Limbaugh

NOTE:

      Of course, there are exceptions to this.   Some of my best friends are liberals, and I've learned that it takes time, patience and CLEAR explanations to change the hearts and minds of people with different ideas and beliefs.   It's also more effective to be less abrasive than Rush Limbaugh.



"The lottery is a tax on ignorance, and all the losers
that play the game are paying the price for their stupidity."

- Neal Bortz



"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote."

- Benjamin Franklin



"Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups."

- Phil Steffen



“Following the crowd is not a winning approach to life.   In the end it’s a loser’s game,
because we never become who God created us to be - by trying to be like everybody else.”

- Tim Tebow



"Throughout the centuries there were men
who took first steps, down new roads,
armed with nothing but their own vision."

– Ayn Rand



"The best argument against democracy
is a five minute conversation with the average voter."

- Winston Churchill



"A Democracy is the most vile form of government there is!"

- Thomas Paine

NOTE:

      The United States is a REPUBLIC with a constitution that limits the power of government.   We are represented by the politicians that we vote into office.   So . . . . make sure you vote to preserve the system that protects our freedom.   Get involved convincing others that it's important.




"It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world."

- George Washington
(From his Farewell Address to the People of the United States)

(That's an early warning to avoid involvement with the United Nations.)



"Remember, Democracy never lasts long.   It soon
wastes, exhausts and murders itself!   There was never
a Democracy that did not commit suicide."

- Samuel Adams



"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul
can always depend on the support of Paul."

- George Bernard Shaw



"It is bad to be oppressed by a minority,
but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority."

- Lord Action



"I do not believe in the collective
wisdom of average ignorance."

- Unknown



"In a Democracy the people get what the majority deserve."

- Jim Davidson



"It is easy to take liberty for granted,
when you have never had it taken from you."

- Dick Cheney



"The only people who have quick answers
don't have the responsibility of making the decisions."

- Justice Clarence Thomas



"Freedom is not free"

- National Rifle Association (NRA)



"Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds."

- Albert Einstein



"The only man that makes no mistake
is the man who does nothing."

- Theodore Roosevelt



"Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were going to live forever."

- Mahatma Gandhi



"A man who works with his hands is a laborer,
A man who works with his hands and brain is a craftsman,
A man who works with his hands,and his brain, and his heart is an artist."

- Unknown



"The pleasure you get from life
is equal to the attitude you put into it."

- My Grandmother



"Things may come to those who wait,
but only the things left by
those who hustle."

- Abraham Lincoln



"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is today."

- Unknown



"We cannot direct the wind,
but we can adjust the sails."

- Unknown



"Victory is in exactly the same place in every war,
it's in the mind of your enemy."

- Unknown



"Some people wonder all their lives if they made a difference.
The Marines don't have that problem."

- Ronald Reagan



"You don't die for your country,
you make the other bastard die for his."

- Gen. George S. Patton


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