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Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”

President Ronald Reagan

“Guide them by edicts, keep them in line with punishments, and the common people will stay out of trouble but will have no sense of shame. Guide them by virtue, keep them in line with the rites, and they will, besides having a sense of shame, reform themselves.”


“Start something new today; foster it tomorrow and every day after that, then begin to imagine the possibilities of what you will achieve.”

Enzo D’Alimonte

“Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.”

President Calvin Coolidge

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”

George Washington, 1st U.S. President

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”

James D. Miles

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.”

Albert Einstein

“I do not see how it is possible, in the nature of things, for any revival of true religion to continue long. For religion must necessarily produce both industry and frugality, and these cannot but produce riches. But as riches increase, so will pride, anger, and love of the world in all its branches.”

John Wesley
The Founder of the Methodist Church

“Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”


“Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.”


“Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.”

Henry David Thoreau

“I wish there was a knob on the TV that enabled you to turn up the intelligence. They have one marked 'brightness' but it doesn't work.”


“The only things that evolve by themselves in an organization are disorder, friction and malperformance.”

Peter Drucker

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”

Admiral Hyman G. Rickover

“Sow a thought and you reap an act.
Sow an act and you reap a habit.
Sow a habit and you reap a character.
Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

- Anonymous

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing is worth a war is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

John Stuart Mill

“It does not matter how slowly you go up, so long as you don’t stop.”


“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.”

Attributed to Thomas Jefferson

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them,
And when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for,
That my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

The late Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931 – 2005
(Three-time past President of the Southern Baptist Convention)

The person who knows “how” will always have a job.
The person who knows “why” will always be his boss.

Diane Ravitch

Being powerful is like being a lady.
If you have to tell people you are,
You aren’t.

Margaret Thatcher

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Abraham Lincoln

“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.”

John Foster Dulles

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastering of it.”


“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Peace is generally good in itself, but it is never the highest good unless it comes as the handmaid of righteousness: and it becomes a very evil thing if it serves merely as a mask for cowardice and sloth, or as an instrument to further the ends of despotism or anarchy… No nation deserves to exist if it permits itself to lose the stern and virile virtues: and this without regard to whether the loss is due to the growth of a heartless and all-absorbing commercialism, to prolonged indulgence in luxury and soft, effortless ease, or to the deification of a warped and twisted sentimentality.”

President Teddy Roosevelt

“Freedom is a fragile thing
and is never more than one generation away from extinction.
It is not ours by inheritance;
it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation,
For it comes only once to a people.”

Governor Ronald Reagan
January 5, 1967

“The history of mankind is a perennial tragedy;
for the highest ideals which the individual may project
are ideals which he can never realize in social and collective terms.”

Reinhold Niebuhr

“The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts ... the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

--Edmund Burke, political philosopher, statesman,
and supporter of American colonialism

“Things may come to those who wait, but only those things left by those who hustle”

Abraham Lincoln

“Americans of all ages, all stations of life, and all types of disposition are forever forming associations…In democratic countries knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others.”

Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy in America

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

T. S. Eliot, Choruses from the Rock

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”

Thomas Paine

“The best sermons are lived, not preached”

- some country farmer

“It was Thomas Edison who brought us electricity, not the Sierra Club. It was the Wright brothers who got us off the ground, not the Federal Aviation Administration. It was Henry Ford who ended the isolation of millions of Americans by making the automobile affordable, not Ralph Nader. Those who have helped the poor the most have not been those who have gone around loudly expressing "compassion" for the poor, but those who found ways to make industry more productive and distribution more efficient, so that the poor of today can afford things that the affluent of yesterday could only dream about.”

- Thomas Sowell

“Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.”

- Edmund Burke

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