“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
~ T.S. Eliot



“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself…  Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable.”

~ H.L. Mencken


“The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

  ~ Steve Jobs



Don’t you know that if people could bottle the air they would?
Don’t you know that there would be an American Air-bottling Association?
And don’t you know that they would allow thousands and millions to die
for want of breath, if they could not pay for air?  I am not blaming anybody.
I am just telling how it is.

Robert Ingersoll, A Lay Sermon



“The people, not the government, possess the absolute sovereignty.
The Legislature, no less than the executive, is under limitations of
power.  Encroachments are regarded as possible from the one as well
as from the other.  Hence, in the United States, the great and
essential rights of the people are secured against legislative as well
as against executive ambition.  They are secured not by laws
paramount to perrogative but by constitutions paramount to laws…”
   James Madison, written in December, 1799



“There are many battles that must be fought…
before the war is won.”
G Garvin



“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.”

Chauncey Depew



“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
Samuel Adams



“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”
Thomas Paine


“So many new ideas are at first strange and horrible
though ultimately valuable that a very heavy responsibility
rests upon those who would prevent their dissemination.”
J.B.S. Haldane
“Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt
who distrusts himself.”
“In the cause of freedom, we have to battle for the rights
of people with whom we do not agree; and whom,
in many cases, we do not like.  These people test the strength
of the freedoms which protect all of us.
If we do not defend their rights we endanger our own.”
Harry S. Truman
“The politics of courts are so mean
that private people would be ashamed
to act in the same way; all is trick and finesse,
to which the common cause is sacrificed.”
Lord Nelson
“The humblest in all the land,
when clad in the armor of a righteous cause,
is stronger than all the hosts of error.”
    William Jennings Bryan
“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression.
In both instances, there’s a twilight where everything
remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight
that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight,
lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”
Supreme Court Justice
 William O. Douglas
“All men are by nature equal, made, all,
of the same earth by the same Creator,
and however we deceive ourselves,
as dear to GOD is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
“Wicked men consider not justice,
but they who seek YAHWEH
consider everything.
Proverbs 28:5
“It is not because a part of the government is elective,
that makes it less a despotism, if the persons so elected
possess afterwards, as a parliament, unlimited powers.
Election, in this case, becomes separated from representation,
and the candidates are candidates for despotism.”
Thomas Paine
“It is what I call the American idea of freedom –
a government of all the people, by all the people,
for all the people; of course a gavernment of the principles
of eternal justice – the unchanging law of GOD.
Theodore Parker
“Men do less than they ought,
unless they do all that they can.”
Let our object be our country, our whole country,
and nothing but our country.  And by the blessing of GOD,
may that country itself become a vast and splendid monument,
not of oppression and terror, but of wisdom, of peace, and of liberty,
upon which the whole world may gaze with admiration forever.
Daniel Webster
The true strength in rulers and empires lies not in armies
or emotions, but in the belief of men that they are inflexibly
open and truthful and legal.  As soon as a government departs
from that standard it ceases to be anything more than
“the gang in possession,” and its days are numbered.”
H. G. Wells
“Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir.
He devises his own future, and he inherets his own past.”
H. F. Hedge
“The greatest glory of a freeborn people
is to transmit that freedom to their children.”
Many will purify themselves and be made white
and be refined, but the lawless will act lawlessly,
and none of the lawless will understand;
but they who make wise shall understand.
Daniel 12:10
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven.
We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity.
We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown.
But we have forgotten GOD.  We have forgotten the gracious hand
which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us;
and we have vainly imagined in the vainness of our hearts, that all these blessings
were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient
to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the GOD
that made us!  It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power,
to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
April 30, 1863
President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation
for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer
“We will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.”
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“We, the people of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,
grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath
so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing
upon our endeavors to secure and to transmit the same,
unimpaired, to succeeding generations,
do ordain and establish this Constitution of Government.”
Preamble to the Constitution of the State of Rhode Island
“This year will go down in history!
For the first time, a civilized nation
has full gun registration.
Our streets will be safe, our police more efficient,
and the world will follow our lead into the future.”
Adolph Hitler, 1938
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up
and live out the true meaning of its creed:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident;
that all men are created equal.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Soap and education are not as
sudden as a massacre, but they are
more deadly in the long run.
Mark Twain
Knowledge can be discovered
anywhere in the universe,
but wisdom can only be discovered in the mind,
for wisdom is the utilization of discovered knowledge.”
Indeed, I tremble for my country
when I reflect that GOD is just,
and that his justice cannot sleep forever.
Thomas Jefferson
Others, as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers,
and office holders, serve the state chiefly with their heads;
and as they rarely make any moral distinctions,
they are as likely to serve the devil, as GOD.
A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense,
and men, serve the state with their consciences also,
and so necessarily resist it for the most part;
and they are commonly treated by it as enemies.”
Henry David Thoreau,
On Civil Disobedience
Let the drops fall, ye heavens from above,
yea let the skies pour down righteousness,
let the earth open and let them bear as their fruit, deliverance,
and let justice spring forth therewith,
I, YAHWEH, have created it.
Isiah 45:8
“The history of liberty is a history of
limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
When we resist, therefore, the concentration of power,
we are resisting the powers of death,
because concentration of power is what always precludes
the destruction of human liberties.”
Woodrow Wilson
“To acquire wisdom how much better than gold!
and to get hold of understanding
more choice than silver!
   PROVERBS 16:16
“The people, not the government, possess the absolute sovereignty.
The Legislature, no less than the executive, is under limitations of
power.  Encroachments are regarded as possible from the one as well
as from the other.  Hence, in the United States, the great and
essential rights of the people are secured against legislative as well
as against executive ambition.  They are secured not by laws
paramount to perrogative but by constitutions paramount to laws…”
   James Madison, written in December, 1799

No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.

  ~Author Unknown

The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.  From how many crimes, wars and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not anyone have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows, “Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.” 

~Jean Jacques Rousseau, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

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