Those who have been intoxicated with power ... can never willingly abandon it
- Edmund Burke
In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.
- President Theodore Roosevelt
I was born an American. I live as an American; I shall die an American; and I intend to perform the duties incumbent upon me in that character to the end of my career. I mean to do this with absolute disregard to personal consequences. What are the personal consequences?
t is the individual man with all the good or evil that may betide him, in comparison with the good and evil which may befall a great country, and in the midst of great transactions which concern that country's fate? Let the consequences be what they will, I am careless, No man can suffer too much, and no man can fall too soon, if he suffer or if he fall, in the defense of the liberties and Constitution of his country.
- Daniel Webster
I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us.
There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Mahatma Ghandi
Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem!
- Ronald Reagan
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[D]emocracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."
- James Madison
Federalist No. 10
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
- Lord Acton
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
- Harry S Truman
We cannot afford to differ on the question of honesty if we expect our republic permanently to endure. Honesty is not so much a credit as an absolute prerequisite to efficient service to the public. Unless a man is honest, we have no right to keep him in public life; it matters not how brilliant his capacity."
- Theodore Roosevelt
If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual."
- Frank Herbert
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.
- Noah Webster
It is the duty of the Patriot to protect his country from his government.
...it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in People's mind...
- Samuel Adams
A Patriot is merely a rebel at the start. In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce and brave man, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
- Mark Twain
"America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.
- Alexis de Tocqueville
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.
- Albert Camus
We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson
to William Roscoe, 1820. ME 15:303
What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms!
- President Thomas Jefferson
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
- US Senator Barry Goldwater
16 July 1964, Republican National Convention, San Francisco, CA
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins."
- Ben Franklin
The illusion of freedom [in America] will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."
- Frank Zappa
The American people, North and South, went into the [Civil] war as citizens of their respective states, they came out as subjects, and what they thus lost they have never got back.
- HL Mencken
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
- Holy Bible
2 Corinthians 3:17
Every new day begins with possibilities. It's up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace."
- Ronald Reagan
Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
- Thomas Paine
Rights of Man, 1791
I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights.
- Abraham Lincoln
After he enacted the first tax on income in the United States.
If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves.
- Thomas Sowell
Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction?
Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of Hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature placed in our power. Three millions of people armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone: it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.
- Patrick Henry
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
For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace.
The States supposed that by their tenth amendment, they had secured
themselves against constructive powers.
- Thomas Jefferson
Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace
- Amelia Earhart Putnam
Discipline without freedom is tyranny, freedom without discipline is chaos
- Cullen Hightower
In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
- President Dwight Eisenhower
The liberties of our country, are worth defending at all hazards. We have received them from our worthy ancestors: They purchased them for us with toil, treasure and blood. It will bring an everlasting infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us...or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men
- Samuel Adams
I shall know but one country. The ends I aim at shall by my country's, my God's, and Truths. I was born an American; I live an American; I shall die an American.
- Daniel Webster
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.
- George Washington
A nation without borders is not a nation.
- Ronald Reagan
Donąt interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
- Abraham Lincoln
"The government of the United States is acknowledged by the wise and good of other nations, to be the most free, impartial, and righteous government of the world; but all agree, that for such a government to be sustained for many years, the principles of truth and righteousness, taught in the Holy Scriptures, must be practised. The rulers must govern in the fear of God, and the people obey the laws."
- EMMA WILLARD, American educator & historian, 1843.
From "America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations", by William J. Federer, FAME Publishing, Inc., 1996
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose.
- Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower,
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
- The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
Declaration of Independence
"The ultimate touchstone of constitutionality is the Constitution itself and
not what we have said about it."
- Felix Frankfurter
Graves vs. New York; 1939
"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance."
- John Philpot Curran
"It is error alone which needs the support of government.
Truth can stand by itself."
- Thomas Jefferson
PRAYER FOR THE NATION -- "Almighty God, you have given us this good land for
our heritage. We humbly ask you that we may always prove ourselves a people
mindful of your favor.
Endow with the Spirit of wisdom to those to whom in your name we entrust
with the authority of government.
In time of prosperity fill our hearts with the thankfulness, and in the day
of trouble do not allow our trust in you to fail."
- Thomas Jefferson
"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well."
- Booker T. Washington
"Here is the true cost of freedom:
EVERY ounce of Courage
EVERY pound of Pain
EVERY drop of Blood
PAID IN ADVANCE!"
- Author Unknown
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
THE AMERICAN'S CREED
"I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by
the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent
of the governed; a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many
sovereign States; a perfect Union one and inseparable; established upon
those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which
American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its
Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it
against all enemies."
- WILLIAM TYLER PAGE
April 13, 1918
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. This much we pledge - and more. To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do - for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder."
-PRES. JOHN F. KENNEDY,
The Capitol, Washington, DC, Jan. 20, 1961
(exerpted from his Inaugural Speech)
who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation
be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a
conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of
the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?
Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just;
that His justice cannot sleep forever."
from "Query XVIII" of his "Notes on the
State of Virginia", 1781. (From "America's God and Country,
Encyclopedia of Quotations" By William J. Federer; FAME Publishing,
Inc.; USA; 1996).
me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to
form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries
and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice,
oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting
the precepts contained in the Bible."
Bible is the Book upon which this Republic rests."
Seventh President of the United States
who are willing to trade freedom for security deserve neither freedom
"I am exceedingly anxious that this Union, the Constitution, and the
liberties of the people shall be perpetuated in accordance with the original
idea for which that struggle was made. And I shall be most happy, indeed,
if I shall be an humble instrument in the hands of the Almighty...for
perpetuating the object of that struggle."
- PRES. ABRAHAM LINCOLN
addressing the New Jersey State Senate, 1861.
(From "America's God and Country, Encyclopedia of Quotations" By William J. Federer; FAME Publishing, Inc.; USA; 1996).
now, Almighty Father, if it is Thy holy will that we shall obtain
a place and name among the nations of the earth, grant that we may
be enabled to show our gratitude for Thy goodness by our endeavors
to fear and obey Thee. Bless us with Thy wisdom in our counsels,
success in battle, and let all our victories be tempered with humanity.
Endow, also, our enemies with enlightened minds, that they become
sensible of their injustice, and willing to restore our liberty
and peace. Grant the petition of Thy servant, for the sake of Him
whom Thou hast called Thy beloved Son; nevertheless, not my will,
but Thine be done."
- GEN. GEORGE WASHINGTON
(Private prayer from June 1779 from his headquarters on the Hudson
reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us.
Our defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage
of all men, in all lands everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you
have planted the seeds of despotism at your own doors. Familiarize
yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs
to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you
have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit
subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you."
- ABRAHAM LINCOLN
(Edwardsville, Illinois, September 11 ,1858)
is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets
- RONALD W. REAGAN
have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by
the content of their character."
- DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING
is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs
to us by the laws of God and nature.
- BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
(From his "Maxims and Morals")
honest man can feel no Pleasure in the excercise of power over his