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Long list of quotes - Luke Speer

Postby crimefree » Tue, 2006-05-30 01:32

Gun control: The theory that people willing to ignore laws against rape, torture, kidnapping, theft, and murder will obey a law telling them they can't own a gun.

Trivial and irreverent quotes mainly from the Chile-Heads list, Firearms and Politics list and various other sources. From Luke Speer.

The spelling has not been corrected, therefore most American sourced quotes are in American English and quotes sourced from the rest of the English speaking world are in English English, except for some that are in Older English, Latin, Greek, French, etc..


"Plagiarize, plagiarize, but let nothing evade your eyes."
Gleaned from more than one source by Art Pierce Chile-Head

Neutiquam erro.
I am not lost.
~ ~ Unknown

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but
they've always worked for me.
~ ~ Hunter S. Thompson

"Two memorials remain today at Thermoplylae. Upon the modern one, called the Leonidas Monument in honor of the Spartan king who fell there, is engraved his response to Xerxes' demand that the Spartans lay down their arms.

Leonidas' reply was two words, Molon Labe. 'Come and get them'."
~ ~ STEVEN PRESFIELD "Gates of Fire

"I hate quotations."
~ ~ RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Journals (1843)

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.
[Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound.]
~ ~ ANON

People get the history they deserve.
Lecture to army cadets, St Cyr, 1920

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

"History teaches us that man learns nothing from history"

"Those who do not study history are bound to repeat it."

Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
~ ~ ALEXANDER POPE 1688 - 1744

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.
~ ~ WILLIAM BURROUGHS. (quoted in Grand Street, no. 37)

"Sed quis custodiet ipsos Custodes?", "But who shall guard the guards?"

"If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws."
~ ~ EDWARD ABBEY (1927-1989)

The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced.
~ ~ The late and great -- FRANK ZAPPA
("Although this quote could probably apply to most countries".)

America is at that awkward stage -- it's too late to work within the system and it's too early to shoot the bastards...

"Only the dead have seen the end of war."

“war is the continuation of politics by other means.”

War is the health of the State.

There never was a good war or a bad peace.
~ ~ BENJAMlN FRANKLlN (1773)

"Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum." translated "If you want peace you have to be ready for war."
APPIUS CLAUDIUS THE BLIND, proverb quoted in the Roman Senate, 281 BC.

War has all the characteristics of a socialism most conservatives hate: Centralized power, state planning, false rationalism, restricted liberties, foolish optimism about intended results and blindness to unintended secondary results.
~ ~ JOSEPH SOBRAN (1991)

"A battle is only ever lost by fighting"

"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it."
~ ~ JACK HANDEY. Saturday Night Live Show
Thanks to Mark at Exit 109

"The greatest happiness is to scatter your enemy and drive him before you, to see his cities reduced to ashes, to see those who love him shrouded in tears, and to gather to your bosom his wives and daughters."

Minimi jura, quotiens gliscat protestas
Rights are invariably abridged as despotism increases.
~ ~ TACITUS - annals, III, 69

The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates.

The more laws, the less justice.

"quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est."
[A sword never kills anybody; it's a tool in the killer's hand.]
(ca. 4 BC-65 AD),
Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales,
[Letters to Lucilius on Morals,]
Letter 87, c.63-65 AD

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean
politics won't take an interest in you.
~ ~ PERICLES (430 BC)

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends, as they themselves know better than anyone.

A police state finds it cannot command the grain to grow.
~ ~ JOHN F. KENNEDY, State of the union message 1963

The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but
from the hand of God.

I am so old that I can remember when the Kennedys killed their
women one at a time.

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone."

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
From C.D. Tavares

Let us have a little less of " Hands across the sea," and a little more of that elemental distrust that is the security of nations.

~~And now something for the Biblically Inclined~~

And he who hath no sword , let him sell his garment and buy one .
LUKE 22:36 -- (King James translation, 1611 AD)

When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace.
LUKE 11:21

Now there was no smith found throughout the land of Israel, for the Philistines said "Lest the Hebrews make sword or spear."
SAMUEL 13:19

"In a world marked by evil and sin, the right of legitimate defense by armed means exists."
~ ~ The Catholic Church Pontifical council for Justice and Peace, 1994

"Those who beat their swords into plowshares. Will plow for those who don't

God made men , Sam Colt made them equal !
~ ~ Anon

God has never created a defenseless animal.

"and although we may be sacrificed, the victory will cost the enemy so dear, that it will be worse for him than defeat. God and Texas. Victory or Death."
(The mission at BEXAR, otherwise known as the ALAMO)
March 3 1836 in a letter to the delegates at Washington.
Slightly edited.

The angels and the devils are definitely within us, not within the machines we use.

"Poor people have access to the courts in the same sense that the Christians had access to the lions."

Put your trust in God, my boys and keep your powder dry.
~ ~ OLIVER CROMWELL - Battle of Marston Moor 1644

"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance, which condition if he breaks, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime----and the punishment of his guilt."
~ ~ JOHN PHILPOT CURRAN (1750-1817)

If you pray hard enough, water will run uphill. How hard? Why, hard enough to make water run uphill, of course!

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.

"The Hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in time of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality."
~ ~ DANTE, "The Inferno"

The Meek shall inherit the earth... after we're through with it.

Who can protest and does not, is an accomplice in the act.

Better eat vegetables and fear no creditors, than eat duck and hide from

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
~ ~ DALI LAMA [mantra]

End Biblical section……

An Armed society is a Polite society.
~ ~ ROBERT. A. HEINLEIN, in "Beyond This Horizon" (1948).

"I am opposed to all attempts to license or restrict the arming of individuals...I consider such laws a violation of civil liberty, subversive of democratic political institutions, and self-defeating in their purpose."

"Whether the authorities be invaders or merely local tyrants, the effect of such--gun--laws is to place the individual at the mercy of the state, unable to resist."

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone,
solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer,
cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark.
~ ~ ANON

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms..."
~ ~ RICHARD HENRY LEE, 1788, Member of the First U.S. Senate.

Gun bans don't disarm criminals, gun bans attract them.

What's the difference between the person who hits you and the person who ties your hands so that someone else can hit you? Whoever takes away your ability to defend yourself needs to be defended against.

"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well as property. Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
Thoughts on defensive war 1775

Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human liberty. It is the argument, of tyrants. It is the creed, of slaves."
~ ~ WILLIAM PITH, 1783

Walls and the City
Not homes with beautiful roofs, nor walls of permanent stone, nor canals and piers for ships make the city- but men of strength. Not stone and timber, nor skill of carpenter - but men brave who will handle sword and spear. With
these you have: city and walls.
~ ~ ALKAIOS, 590 B.C.

"False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils, except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm those only 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 homicide, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. They ought to be designated as laws not preventive but fearful of crimes, produced by the tumultuous impression of a few isolated facts, and not by thoughtful consideration of the inconveniences and advantages of a universal decree."
~ ~ BECCARIA, On Crimes and Punishments

For those who are proud of their lifetime shooting record, we learn of an old geezer, aged 96, who at the end of his life in the Transvaal boasted that he had taken 341 elephants, 187 lions, 40 kaffirs and two Englishmen. It will take some doing to top that.

"The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be pursuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles."

"Taking the long view of history, we may say that anyone who lays down his arms deserves whatever he gets."

That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.
~ ~ GEORGE ORWELL 1940, in the democratic socialist weekly "Tribune,"
quoted in "Orwell: The Authorized Biography," by Michael Shelden

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act"

Democracy is more dangerous than fire. Fire can't vote itself immune to water.

"The one weapon every man, soldier, sailor, or airman should be able to use effectively is the rifle. It is always his weapon of personal safety in an emergency, and for many it is the primary weapon of offense and defense. Expertness in its use cannot be overemphasized."

Allowing riflery training while decrying gun violence doesn't send a mixed message any more than does supporting a wrestling team while opposing schoolyard brawls.

"The great body of our citizens shoot less as time goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world...The first step - in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come - is to teach men to shoot!"

"The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good."

"Little more can reasonably be aimed at, with respect to the
people at large, than to have them properly armed and equipped."
~ ~ ALEXANDE HAMILTON The Federalist Papers - Number 29

Ammunition...The precious metal of the future.
~ ~ ANON

“Engineers”, design weapons, Architects design targets
~ ~ ANON

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

You do not examine legislation in light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walk."
~ ~ Encyclopedia of Thomas Jefferson, 318 (Foley, Ed., reissued 1967)

"If you want to have a large population and to provide it with arms so as to establish a great empire, you will have made you population such that you cannot handle it as you please." -
~ ~ MACHIAVELLI, The Discourses

"The unarmed man is not just defenseless -- he is also contemptible."

When you disarm your subjects you offend them by showing that either from cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you.

Niccolo Machiavelli wrote in the 1500s: "To be disarmed, among the other harm it brings you, causes you to be despised."
It is safer to be feared than loved.
~ ~ NICOLO MACHIAVELLI (1469-1527)

"Never do your enemy a minor injury."

"You must understand, therefore, that there are two ways of fighting:
by law or by force. The first way is natural to men, and the second to
beasts. But as the first way often proves inadequate one must needs
have recourse to the second

"The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun”.

Where morality is present, laws are unnecessary. Without morality,
laws are unenforceable.
~ ~ ANON

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

"The most effectual means of preventing tyranny is to illuminate, as far as practical, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibiteth, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be able to know ambition under all of its shapes, and be prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes."
~ ~ THOMAS JEFFERSON a Southern man

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may
be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons
than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may
sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those
who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they
do so with the approval of their own conscience.
~ ~ C. S. LEWIS

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.

"Giving money and power to Governments is like giving whiskey and
car keys to teenage boys."

Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, and politicians. All three need supervision.

There are just two rules of governance in a free society: Mind your
own business. Keep your hands to yourself.
~ ~ P.J. O'ROURKE (1993

There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well
please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take
the consequences.
~ ~ P.J. O'ROURKE (1993)

It is not the responsibility of the government or the legal system to protect a citizen from himself.

Only when Government is afraid of the populace will we have true democracy.
From Politicians
~ ~ ANON

"The best form of government is a benevolent dictatorship modified by an occasional assassination."
Thanks to Tony Flynn in New Zealand for this gem

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
~ ~ RONALD REAGAN (1986)

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
~ ~ VOLTAIRE (1764)

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and a conscientious stupidity.

The era of resisting big government is never over.
~ ~ PAUL GIGOT (1998)

'One may well ask: "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the Brat to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all"'
~ ~ MARTIN LUTHER KING , 'Letter From A Birmingham Jail'

"The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest possible limits...and [when] the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction."
~ ~ SIR GEORGE TUCKER, Judge of the Virginia Supreme Court and U.S. District Court of Virginia in I Blackstone COMMENTARIES Sir George Tucker Ed., 1803, pg. 300 (App.)

If you knew all your rights you might demand them.

Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.

To leave a country defenceless would be the greatest crime of its government.

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

When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence.
From C.D. Tavares

The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
~ ~ JOHN HAY-:Castilian Days,II,1872

Government is not reason , it is not eloquence , it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master .

"The more people are dependent upon the government, the more controlled they are."
~ ~ MADELINE ALBRIGHT United States Secretary of State ,
20 Mar 1998

"Faced with the pain of freedom, man begs for his shackles."
~ ~ GERRY SPENCE, in "From Freedom to Slavery"

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
From C.D. Tavares

One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.
~ ~ THOMAS B. REED (1886)

Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident
proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use
their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who
resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. If men
are to wait for liberty till they become wise and good in slavery, they
may indeed wait forever.

"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding."

"If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of a constitutional privilege."
~ ~Arkansas Supreme Court, 1878

"A free people ought...to be armed..."
~ ~GEORGE WASHINGTON, speech of January 7, 1790 in the Boston Independent Chronicle, January 14, 1790.

No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
~ ~ MARK TWAIN (1866)

"I am an old man and I have seen many troubles - but most of them never

I have carried a revolver; lots of us do, but they are the most innocent
things in the world.

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
~ ~ EDMUND BURKE (1899)

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its
freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it
values more, it will lose that, too.

Goverments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.
~ ~ BERNARD BERENSON 1865 - 1959
Polish/American art critic

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

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

Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.

When the government fears the People, that is Liberty. When the People fear the Government, that is tyranny.

"The best thing that government can do is get out of the way."
~ ~ MILTON FREIDMAN Nobel Prizewinner in Economics

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious."
~ ~ THOMAS JEFFERSON Letter to William Ludlow, 1824

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."
~ ~ GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutions, 1903

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

"Some people's idea of free speech is that they are free to say anything they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage."

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."

The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom -- they are the pillars of
~ ~ HENRIK IBSEN (1877)

The American Constitution was not written to protect criminals; it was written to protect the government from becoming criminals.

"Random political acts produce random political results.
Why waste even a rock?"
~ ~ ABBIE HOFFMAN from “Steal This Book”

"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them."

"The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types of arms. The possession of these elements make difficult the collection of taxes and dues, and tends to permit uprising. Therefore, the heads of provinces, official agents, and deputies are ordered to collect all the weapons mentioned above and turn them over to the government."
~ ~ TOYOTOMI HIDEYOSHI, Shogun 29 August 1558

"No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The
possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave.
He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be
defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he,
who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own,
ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he
lives precariously, and at discretion."
~ ~ JAMES BURGH, Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses [London, 1774-1775].

"The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He who has nothing, and belongs to another, must be defended by him, and needs no arms: but he who thinks he is his own master, and has anything he may call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself and what he possesses, or else he lives precariously and at discretion. And though for a while those who have the sword in their power abstain from doing him injury; yet, by degrees, he will be awed into submission to every arbitrary command. Our ancestors, by being always armed, and frequently in action, defended themselves against the Romans, Danes and English; and maintained their liberty against the encroachments of their own princes."
~ ~ ANDREW FLETCHER OF SALTOUN, Esq. (ca. early 1700s)

"There is no doubt in my mind that millions of lives could have been saved if the [German] people were not "brainwashed" about gun ownership and had been well armed. ... Gun haters always want to forget the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, which is a perfect example of how a ragtag, half-starved group of Jews took 10 handguns and made asses out of the Nazis."
~ ~ THEODORE HASS, Dachau Survivor

"Juden haben waffen! Juden haben waffen! [The Jews have arms...]".
Astonished outcry of retreating German soldier.
~ ~ ISRAEL GUTMAN. "Resistance: the Warsaw Ghetto uprising".

"This year 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, 1935
'Berlin Daily' April 15th, 1935, page 3, article 2 by Einleitung Von Eberhard Beckmann
[Attributed often but not true]..”although I would like to have seen the Newspaper records from 1938 – 1942”, but alas they were probably burnt..

"What luck for rulers, that men do not think."

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or police."
~ ~ ADOLF HITLER Hitlers secret conversations 1941-1944. Farrar, Straus and Young - 1953 Pg. 345

"Ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State."

"The rank and file are usually much more primitive than we imagine. Propaganda must therefore always be essentially simple and repetitious."
JOSEPH GOEBBELS - Nazi Minister of Propaganda

The lesson of human history is that; whether innocent or guilty, the weak will always be brutalised by the strong! Unless the strong are restrained.
~ ~ Nurenburg trials.

"Only an armed people can be the real bulwark of popular liberty."
~ ~ V. I. LENIN

"An opppressed class which did not aspire to possess arms and learn how to
handle them would deserve only to be treated as slaves."
~ ~ V.I. ULIANOV (LENIN) [unsubstantiated quote] pre 1917 ??

A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun
ownership to the bourgeoisie.

"All political power comes from the barrel of a gun." "The communist party must control the guns."
~ ~ Chairman MAO TSE DUNG 1938

Make yourselves good scouts and good rifle shots in order to protect the women and children of your country if it should ever become necessary.

"Lightning killed more people in Canada in 1987 than did legally owned handguns."
~ ~ Health Reports Vol.1, No.1, 1987

Arms control has worked well for many a dictator. Everyone in favour of gun control, raise your right hand.
~ ~ ANON

A Smith and Wesson Beats 4 of a kind .
?? - ANON

Gun Control means being able to hit your target!
?? – ANON

Gun control is the ability to put two bullets in one hole.

Gun control is a 3" group at 50 yards –

"Gun control means using both hands."

Gun Control is a steady right hand....
~ ~ ANON

"Gun Control will work when criminals obey the law."
~ ~ ANON

A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
~ ~ ANON

It's better to be judged by 12 men than carried out by 6.
~ ~ ANON

Fear the government that fears your guns.
~ ~ ANON

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."
~ ~ MAHATMA GHANDI, Translated from the Gujarati by Mahadev Desai. Public Affairs Press, Washington, D.C. 1948. (Republication
by Unabridged Dover, 1983. page 403.

"I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence I would advise violence."

A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble."

" Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies."
~ ~ Email sig-Unknown.
Shamelessly stolen from WARREN POTTER'S WEB PAGES.

"A splendid weapon for defending oneself in a crowded elevator."
~ ~ GENERAL CREIGHTON ABRAMS describing the Colt 45

We live in a age where Pizza gets to your home faster than the Police.

A man with a gun is a citizen, a man without a gun is a subject.

Hard-working, tax-paying, law-abiding, voting, FIREARMS OWNER.

"I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian."

I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.

"I have over the past thirty years been one hundred percent in favor of Gun Control - achieved through proper stance, controlled breathing, and smooth trigger squeeze; applied repeatedly until the threat is neutralized."
~ ~ FRED D. HAGGARD, Kansas City

H.L.Mencken was on to something when he wrote: "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."

A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed and hence clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
~ ~ H.L. MENCKEN (1880-1956)

"I always marvelled at how a woman who had never handled a gun could shoot an errant husband straight through the heart on her first try, with one shot. And a trained policeman, trying to shoot an armed bank robber, only ends up hitting an elderly woman waiting for a bus two blocks away."
~ ~ H.L. MENCKEN, in his autobiographical, "Newspaper Days"

Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has
never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable
are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.

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

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses. ~ ~ ~ H.L. MENCKEN

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and
deserve to get it good and hard.
~ ~ HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN (1880-1956)

Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.
~ ~ H. L. MENCKEN (1880-1956)

"The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths
imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor.It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty, and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies."
~ ~ H.L. MENCKEN, February 12, 1923, Baltimore Evening Sun

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.

There's more truth in a 75-year-old H. L. Mencken column chosen at random
than in a week's work of the electronic bird cage liner that passes for
journalism today.

"We made a great mistake in the beginning of our struggle, and I fear, in
spite of all we can do, it will prove to be a fatal mistake. We appointed
all our worst generals to command our armies, and all our best generals to
edit the newspapers."

"To disarm the people is the best and most effective way to enslave them" .
~ ~ GEORGE MASON, 3 Elliot , debates at 380

"Those who have command of Arm's in a county are Masters of the State."

"Both the oligarch and Tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore
deprive them of arms."

"The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or
rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or
fraud, in carrying elections."
~ ~ LORD ACTON, English historian, 1907

Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest
political end.

When the Cambrian measures were forming,
They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons,
That the wars of the tribes would cease.

But when we disarmed
They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said:
Stick to the devil you know.

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can
only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves
largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority
always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the
public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over
loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age
of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years."

Most of us could get along better with much less government than we have; there are others though who seem to require lifelong shepherding from pre-natal care to the electric chair. It makes no sense to talk of self-government to a man who cannot even govern his own behavior.

"We preserve our freedoms by using four boxes: soap, ballot, jury, and cartridge."
~ ~ ANON

Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
~ ~ WILLIAM PENN (1693)

"There will never be a really free and enlightened State, until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly."
~ ~ H.D. THOREAU by way of H. A. Kantrud

"We must teach our children that the preservation of liberty, and of an order of society conducive to human dignity, requires that a free people retain the moral and material means to discipline its own government, should the temptation to tyranny take root."

I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least."

"The government is mainly an expensive organization to regulate evil doers, and tax those who behave. Government does little for fairly respectable people, except annoy them."
~ ~ E.V. HOWE

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
~ ~ AYN RAND The Nature of Govt'

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to
live at the expense of everybody else.

If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls
on government would be necessary. In framing a government that is to
be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this:
you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in
the next place oblige it to control itself.

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst
state, an intolerable one. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost
innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers
of paradise."
~ ~ THOMAS PAINE, Common Sense, (1776), Chap. 1.

"...Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow...the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
~ ~ ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Nov. 21, 1864
(letter to Col. William F. Elkins)

"The history of government management of money has, except for a few short happy periods, been one of incessant fraud and deception."
~ ~ F.A. HAYRK Nobel laureate economist

When liberty is taken away by force, it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered.

"A democracy, if you attach meaning to terms, is a system of unlimited majority rule; the classic example is ancient Athens. And the symbol of it is the fate of Socrates, who was put to death legally, because the majority didn't like what he was saying, although he had initiated no force & had violated no one's rights. Democracy, in short, is a form of collectivism, which denies individual rights: the majority can do whatever it wants with no restrictions. In principle the democratic government is all-powerful. Democracy is a totalitarian manifestation; it is not a form of freedom."

Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of Liberty is a history of resistance. The history of Liberty is a history of limitations of Governmental power, NOT the increase of it.

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to
give it to others.

"The artisans, and the husbandmen, and the warriors, all have to share in the government. But the husbandmen have no arms, and the artisans neither arms nor land, and therefore they become all but slaves of the warrior class. That they should share in all the offices is an impossibility: for generals and guardians of the citizens, and nearly all the principal magistrates, must be taken from the class of those who carry arms. Yet, if the two other classes have no share in government, how can they be loyal citizens? It may be said that those who have arms must necessarily be masters of both the other classes, but this is not so easily accomplished unless they are numerous; and if they are, why should the other classes share in the government at all, or have power to appoint magistrates?"

"' [Thus,] there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people.'"
~ ~ ARISTOTLE, quoted by John Trenchard (1662-1723) and Walter Moyle (1672-1721), "An Argument, shewing; that a standing Army is Inconsistent with a Free Government and Absolutely Destructive to the Constitution of the English Monarchy," (London, 1697)

Right is only in question between equals, and while the strong do what they can,
the weak suffer what they must.
~ ~ THUCYDIDES (Greek Historian 460-400 BC). “Interaction between states”.

The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom is Courage.
~ ~ THUCYDIDES, Pericles' Funeral Oration

[On ancient Athens]: In the end, more than freedom, they wanted
security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all --
security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not
to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom
they wished for most was freedom from responsibility then Athens
ceased to be free and was never free again.

Resistance to sudden violence, for the preservation not only of my person, my limbs, and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature which I have never surrendered to the public by the compact of society, and which perhaps, I could not surrender if I would.

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
~ ~ P.J. O'ROURKE.

The desire to rule is the mother of heresies.

In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning and cruelty.

Now as through this world I ramble,
I see lots of funny men,
Some rob you with a six-gun,
Some with a fountain pen.

It has been said that "Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three time is enemy action."

Speed – Simplicity - Boldness !
~ ~ GEORGE. S. PATTON General

"Speak softly to your enemy, lest your vain remonstrances drown out the
small, still voice of his own conscience, which speaks in vain only when it is
~ ~ [ ? ] [Kevin McGehee]

"No one but he who has partaken thereof can understand the keen delight of hunting in lonely lands. For him it is the joy of the horse well-ridden and the rifle well-held; for him the long days of toil and hardship, resolutely endured, and crowned at the end with triumph."

"Why, for instance, is the hunter who shoots a deer for venison subject
to more criticism than the person who buys a ham at the supermarket?
Overall, it is probably the intensively reared pig who has suffered
~ ~ PETER SINGER "Animal Liberation"- ISBN 0-7126-7444-6 Page 231
Peter Singer is known as the "father" of Animal Liberation.

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.

"For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him."

"The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is inefficiency.
An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty."

"Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact."

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

AMNESTY, n. The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be to expensive to punish.

GUNPOWDER, n. An agency employed by civilized nations for the settlement of disputes which might become troublesome if left unadjusted.

POLITICIAN, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organised society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the tremblings of the edifice. As compared to the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.

EGOTIST, n. A person more interested in himself than in me.

BIGOT, n. One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you
do not entertain

RETALIATION, n. The natural rock upon which is reared the Temple of Law.

PAINTING, n. The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.

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Think twice before you speak to a friend in need.

Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
~ ~ G.B. SHAW

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.

The power to tax is the power to destroy.

To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation
of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.

I know of 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 a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.

It's amazing what one has to believe...To believe in gun control
That a woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun and a dead rapist at her feet.
~ ~ MICHAEL. Z. WILLIAMSON. (What you have to believe)

A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders.
~ ~ LARRY ELDER (Guns and Rosie)

For the Central Firearms Registory to work it requires that criminals both register their firearms and leave them behind at the crime scene. It should be noted that criminals thus far have not been stupid enough to comply with these requirements.

~ ~ PETER MOSS (Submission on the South African Firearms Control Bill)

"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."

I was not aware that many politicians read anything. Like empty vessels they make a lot of noise but what it takes to get anything into the vessel is a mystery to me.

Politicians are the same all over: they promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

Politicians are like diapers.{nappies} They need to be changed frequently and for exactly the same reason.
~ ~ AL HARRAL on Bethel Island, CA

It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand, I beat people up.
~ ~ MUHAMED ALI 1977 (quoted in New York Times)

I'd rather have a full bottle in front of me than a pre-frontal lobotomy.
~ ~ MARK at Exit 109

"The only things I regret in life are the things I did not do."
~ ~ HEMMINGWAY'S attribution to his grandmother

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. It'll teach you to keep your mouth shut."

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

A gentleman is someone who never gives offense unintentionally.

"I can resist anything, but, temptation"

If the State converts a right into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right with impunity.

"The most terrifying sound in nature is not the roar of charging lion, nor the whistle of a descending bomb; rather it is a click when you expect a bang."

"In Africa, everything bites."

"Homesickness begins with food."

That which doesn't kill us, makes us strong!
Andrew Healy - UK Chile – Head

Ninety-eight percent of the people in this country are decent,
hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent
that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.

The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

"Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy' until you can find a rock."

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

I'm not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat.

I love defenseless animals, especially in a good gravy.

Hell hath no pizza... and probably no Thai food either.

"Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians."
~ ~ RAIN

"While we're gone, if any talking animals tell you to buy some tacos or beer, for God's sake do what they say."
~ ~ CASEY McCALL, "Sports Night

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no
virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring"
and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable
programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with
other people's money. Well, who isn't? And a voter who takes pride in
supporting such programs is telling us that he'll do good with his own
money -- if a gun is held to his head.

Food is power. We use it to change behavior. Some may call that bribery. We
do not apologize.....
~ ~ CATHERINE BERTINI, UN World Food Program Executive Director

"There is nothing more odious than the majority; for it consists of a few powerful leaders, a certain number of accommodating scoundrels and subservient weaklings, and a mass of men who trudge after them without in the least knowing their own minds."

"People are more violently opposed to fur than leather, because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs"
~ ~ UNKNOWN - from Ron M- Chile Head

"A thousand thieves could not rob a naked man."

"In the ant's house, the dew is a flood."

"You do not buy and you do not sell, so what business do you have in the

"The bear knows as many roads as the hunter knows tricks."

"When you are amongst the blind, close your eyes."

"Even the blind man does not fall into the same pit twice."

"The mouse whose end is near meets the cat along its way."

"He who is going to Hell looks for company."

"Where there is honey, there are flies."

"He who has no vineyard in the mountain will have no trouble with the jackal."

"To a lonely heart, a greeting is worth a thousand pieces of gold."

"Fear an ignorant man more than a lion."

"The master of the house is the servant of the guest."

"The mouse that has only one hole invites misfortune."

"To praise oneself in a place where one is a stranger is like singing in a

"Eat with your friends, but do no business with them."

"If skill could be gained by watching, every dog would become a butcher."

"If the prayers of dogs were accepted, bones would rain from the sky."

"Be the servant of him who respects you, the sultan of him who does not."

"Those who wield sharp swords should be careful not to make wrong moves."

"In the tyrant's reign, snakes and scorpions never lack poison."

"He who eats when he is full digs his grave with his teeth."

"You cannot cook your meal in another man's pot."

~ ~ ROBERT SOLARION Old Turkish Proverbs

"Riches can buy riches, but poverty will scarcely buy one a leper's kiss."
~ ~ ROBERT SOLARION Arabic Proverb

"Everything has an end but the sausage which has two."
~ ~ Danish proverb

Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black.
~ ~ Danish proverb

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
~ ~ O... ?????

Fish to taste right, must swim three times - in water, in butter and in wine.
~ ~ Polish proverb

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an Idiot.

I think it was Dr Johnson who defined fishing as "a piece of line with a worm on one end and a fool on the other"

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.

"Every mighty oak was once just a nut who stood his ground."
~ ~ T KING

"Hard work often pays off over time, but laziness always pays off now"
~ ~ MIKE SWAYZA - Chile Head

The hypothalamus is one of the most important parts of the brain, involved in many kinds of motivation. The hypothalamus controls the "Four F's":
1. Fighting; 2. Fleeing; 3; Feeding; and 4. Mating.
From-RANDY RANSOM Atlanta Georgia USA

"If we're not supposed to eat animals then why the heck are they made out of meat? "

"None of the great religions have done more than exclude, throw out a long
range of prohibitions. But prohibitions create the desire they are
intended to cure. We of this Cabal say: indulge but refine. We are
enlisting everything in order to make man's wholeness match the wholeness
of the universe - even pleasure, the destructive granulation of the mind in
~ ~ From "Justine" by LAWRENCE DURRELL

Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's good to know what it was.
- ~ From "Cowboy Wisdom" ~Thanks to Randy in Atlanta.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
~ - From "Cowboy Wisdom" - Thanks to Randy in Atlanta.

The word "bipartisan" usually means some larger-than-usual deception is
being carried out.

If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labelled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago, and a racist today.

"The wisest man I ever knew taught me something I never forgot. And, though I never forgot it, I never quite memorized it either. So what I'm left with is the memory of having learned something very wise that I can't quite remember"

Vices are simply the errors, which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.

"Vice is a monster of such fearful mein, that to be hated needs but to be seen.
seen too often, familiar with her face. We first endure, then pity, then embrace."

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.

"A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power."

What it means to take rights seriously is that one will honor them even when there is significant social cost in doing so.

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

If I had had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.
~ ~ BLAISE PASCAL 1623-1662

There has been a little distress selling on the stock exchange.
~ ~ THOMAS W. LAMONT, October 29, 1929 (Black Tuesday)

"On the journey to enlightenment, it is far better to travel hopefully than to arrive".

There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog and ready money.

"After three days men grow weary of a wench, a guest, and rainy weather."

"I have always imagined that heaven would be a kind of library.

"We've just got to get rid of this idea that people know what they're doing."
General Motors Proving Ground in Michigan
~ ~ Supplied by DEB DE FORREST

The pollution's at that awkward stage. Too thick to navigate and too thin to cultivate.

Successful businessmen and soldiers have to depend on others to achieve results, but the painter is alone with only his colours.
[1891-1969] Letter to Edward Seago. 1969

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper."

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose.

Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.
~ ~ SENECA {BC 3-65 AD
Roman Philosopher, Dramatist and Statesman

"it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds"
~ ~ SAMUEL ADAMS, founding father & American Patriot

"A true lady takes off her dignity along with her clothes, and does her whorish best."

Come, let us retract the foreskin of misconception and apply the wirebrush of enlightenment.

The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
Thanks to Gerardo Amextazurra

"I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work."

Everyone has a right to be stupid. Some just abuse the privilege.

Those who dare cross the line - any line - are explorers, and explorers sometimes get lost.

If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all.

Whaia te iti kahurangi.
Me he tuohu koe, he maunga teitei e.
Translation below:
Seek the highest goal.
If you must bow your head
Let it be to a lofty mountain

"When it all comes down, there's just two ways to go: dyin' fast or living slow. "
Thanks - Jim in noojoisoi Chile Head

"Principled" people hobble themselves in ways that give the advantage to "pragmatic" people. (I'm not arguing for anyone to give up principle, only explaining one of the reasons why grease floats.)
~ ~ C.D. TAVARES 1999

"I think there must exist a special subversive group of pseudo-cupids-- plump hairless little devils whom Satan commissions to make disgusting mischief in sacrosanct places."
Thanks -Shamus Young

Baseball is the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated.
~ ~ ANON

In the great departement store of life Baseball is the Toy departement.
~ ~ ANON

I've gone to hundreds of fortune-tellers' parlors and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her.'

" No one ever went broke under estimating the the inteligence of the
American public."

If a woman had to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infants life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.
~ ~ DAVE BARRY. (In Miami Herald)

When I die, I want to go peacefully, like Gramps did. In his sleep. Not yelling and screaming, like the people in his car.
~ ~ ANON

Dear President: There are too many stars on our flag. Please remove two
states from the Union immediately. P.S.: I am not a crank.

"Oh, sure, you can u
"Two memorials remain today at Thermoplylae. Upon the modern one is engraved his response to Xerxes' demand that the Spartans lay down their arms. Leonidas' reply was two words, Molon Labe. 'Come and get them'."
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