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They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945), Speech, September 22, 1936

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Following the Equator (1897)

Patterning your life around other's opinions is nothing more than slavery.
Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark, 1999

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)



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, "Last Chance to See"



A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Sir Winston Churchill

I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.
Sir Winston Churchill

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.
Sir Winston Churchill

Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.
Sir Winston Churchill

You know what's interesting about Washington? It's the kind of place where second-guessing has become second nature.
George W. Bush, Speech on May 17, 2002

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.
Larry McMurtry (1936 - ), 'Lonesome Dove'

Conceit is God's gift to little men.
Bruce Barton

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Letter to Mrs Foote, Dec. 2, 1887

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.
Eleanor Roosevelt

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
Theodore Roosevelt, 'The Strenuous Life,' 1900

Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.
Frank Dane

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968), Strength to Love, 1963

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
Lenin (1870 - 1924)



The great masses of the people... will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one.
Adolf Hitler

What luck for rulers that men do not think.
Adolf Hitler

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