Notable Quotes


"A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims." -Ayn Rand


"When even one American who has done nothing wrong is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril." – Harry S. Truman


"Our spirits are living bayonets. The ideals which we carry in our hearts are more deadly to the enemy than any man-made weapons." -Coningsby Dawson


"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." -Ronald Reagan


"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." -H. L. Mencken


"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."   -Thomas Jefferson


"The United States of America is the greatest nation in the world! Now help me change it!!!" -President Barrack Obama


"The Constitution is a radical document... it is the job of the government to rein in people's rights." -William Jefferson Clinton


"His outstanding fault was that he genuinely needed to be liked. An admirable quality, of course, in spaniels and whores but never for a politician.'" -Francis Urquhart (House of Cards)


"Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak" -Marcus Tullius Cicero


"How fortunate for leaders that men do not think." - Adolf Hitler


"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." -Ronald Reagan


“A fool and his money are soon elected.” —Will Rogers


"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air--however slight--lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." -Justice William O. Douglas


"Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny." - Robert Heinlein


"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." - Epicurus ca. 300 BCE


"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale, and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged." -President Abraham Lincoln


"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." -P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian


"The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity." -Epicurus


"I 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." -Winston Churchill


"The almost erotic pleasure of spending money that others have earned and saved is one reason people put up with the tiresome aspects of political life." -George Will


"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!"  -P.J. O'Rourke


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


"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." -George Bernard Shaw


"Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off." -Ayn Rand


"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!" -Pericles (430 B.C.)


"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."  -Mark Twain (1866)


"Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it." -Cullen Hightower


"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin."  -Mark Twain


"There is no distinctly Native American criminal Congress." -Mark Twain


"What this country needs are more unemployed politicians."  -Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)


"The irony of the Information Age is that it has given new respectability to uninformed opinion." - John Lawton, speaking to the American Association of Broadcast Journalists in 1995


"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed." -Mark Twain


"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress....But then I repeat myself." -Mark Twain


"Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries." -Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton


"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." -Will Rogers


"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." -James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)


"Evil requires the sanction of the victim." -Ayn Rand


"Moderation in the defense of liberty is no virtue." - Ann Coulter


"Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater


"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." JFK


"...To own firearms is to affirm that freedom and liberty are not gifts from the state. It is to reserve final judgment about whether the state is encroaching on freedom and liberty, to stand ready to defend that freedom with more than mere words, and to stand outside the state's totalitarian reach." - Jeff Snyder, "A Nation of Cowards"


"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life".  -John F. Kennedy


"It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.  It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.  It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.  It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” -- Father Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC


"Only if you think you have gone too far, you have acted correctly!" -Tsunetomo Yamamoto


“The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.” - Ayn Rand


"The pistol, learn it well, carry it always." Jeff Cooper


"Said I never had much use for one, never said I did'nt know how to use it" -Quigley Down Under


"There are no dangerous weapons, only dangerous people" -Robert Heinlein


"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


"If your plan is for one year, plant rice.

If your plan is for ten years, plant trees.

If your plan is for one hundred years,

educate children." -- Confucius


"Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed." - Joseph Stalin


"Experience enables you to recognize a mistake... when you make it again."


"If at first you don't succeed, call for artillery." - Murphy


"We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by." - Will Rogers


"Worry is the misuse of the imagination." -Dan Zadra


"Fight to your last cartridge, then fight with your bayonets. No surrender. Fight to the death." --Gen. Henri Guisan, Switzerland, July '40


"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."  --- Robert Heinlein


"Going to war without the French is like going hunting without your accordion" -Stormin Norman Schwarzkopf


"Liberalism is part of a religious disorder that demands a belief that life is controllable." - Ann Coulter


"Americans need not fear the federal government because they enjoy the advantage of being armed, which you possess over the people of

almost every other nation". . James Madison.


"The police are not here to create disorder. They are here to preserve disorder". -Mayor Richard Daley, 1968


"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity" -Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoanalysis (1952)


"If guns cause crime, all of mine are defective." - Ted Nugent


"Self-defense is Nature's eldest law." -John Dryden


"Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle" -Psalm of David, 144:1


"Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American." -Tench Coxe


"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." -Patrick Henry


"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." -Sam Adams


"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons." -General Douglas Macarthur


"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone...The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference -- they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.” -George Washington


"You cannot invade the mainland Unted States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto


"We conclude that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right existed prior to the formation of the new government under the Constitution and was premised on the private use of arms for activities such as hunting and self-defense, the latter being understood as resistance to either private lawlessness or the depredations of a tyrannical government." - U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, March 9, 2007


"Whenever there is a simple error that most laymen fall for, there is always a slightly more sophisticated version of the same problem that the experts fall for." -Amos Tversky


"Victory at all cost. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory no matter how long and how hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival." Winston Churchill May 13, 1940


"Those who can't skin, can hold a leg." -Abraham Lincoln


"Try to look unimportant. Your enemy might be low on ammo."


"Fire can be our servant, whether it's toasting s'mores or raining down on Charlie" -Seymour Skinner


"Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace" - James Madison


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


When asked by a reporter why he is the only gangster who carries a .45 automatic, John Dillinger replied, "I shot a man with a .38 once and he shot back at me."


"Detached reflection cannot be demanded in the presence of an uplifted knife." -Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes


"In battle, the ONLY bullets that count are those that hit." -Theodore Roosevelt


"Well, a gun that's unloaded and cocked ain't good for nothin". -Rooster Cogburn


"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt." -Shakespere:"Measure for Measure"


"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready." -Theodore Roosevelt


“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” -General George S. Patton


"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it." —Thomas Paine


A man who cannot defend himself is a cripple and lives because of pity.

A man who will not defend himself is a coward and deserves scorn from his peers.

A man who may not defend himself is a slave and therefore dependent upon his master for everything including his life. --Unknown


"Only a pimp in a New Orleans whorehouse or a tin-horn gambler would carry a pearl-handled pistol. Mine are IVORY-GOD-FUCKING-DAMN-HANDLED"  -General George S. Patton


"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." --Thomas Jefferson


"Don't ya just love it when the good guys kill the assholes!" -Ted Nugent


"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those 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 homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." -Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria.


"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." -Thomas Jefferson


"There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first is excellent, the second good, and the third useless." -Niccolò Machiavelli


"Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose." -Ronald Reagan


"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong." -Ronald Reagan


"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress." -Ronald Reagan


"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination." -Ronald Reagan


"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." -Ronald Reagan


"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program." -Ronald Reagan


"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." -Ronald Reagan


"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


"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book." -Ronald Reagan


"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women." -Ronald Reagan


"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under." -Ronald Reagan


"You can't solve you're problems with the same level of thinking that created the problems. " -Albert Einstein


"Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance." -Albert Einstein


"Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives." -Ayn Rand


“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” -George Orwell


"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenet


"Make all your mistakes original... What doesn't kill you, makes you sore." -Jerry Oltion


GUNNER'S PRAYER: "God grant me the serenity to accept the people that don't need to get shot, the courage to shoot the people that need shooting and the wisdom to know the difference. And if need be, the skill to get it done before I have to reload."


Liberals & children have a similar reaction of interpreting limits as confinement rather than safety.


"See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc;" -Isaiah 54/16


"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." -Dorothy Thompson


''Life's's even tougher if you're stupid.'' -John Wayne


American citizens have the right to keep and bear lawyers, and there is no requirement that they be used responsibly.


The default position on any claim is disbelief until credible evidence is presented.


Whatever doesn't kill you postpones the inevitable.


"If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good." -Thomas J. Watson, Jr.


"Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest" -Benjamin Franklin


"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" -Martin Luther King, Jr.


"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -President Theodore Roosevelt


"If we look at the black record of mass murder, exploitation, and tyranny levied on society by governments over the ages, we need not be loath to abandon the Leviathan State and ... try freedom." -Murray Rothbard, For a New Liberty


"Life brings us joys and sorrows alike, it is what a man does with them - not what they do to him - that is the true measure of his mettle." Theodore Roosevelt


"Stupidity is the Most Plentiful Element in the Universe" -Frank Zappa


"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." -Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.


SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM (If you want peace, prepare for war)


"Anyone can be brave in the day, when you feel warm and safe and protected. But one must first walk in the night, alone and unaided, before he can say he is not afraid of the dark."


"You can get a lot farther in life with a concealed handgun and a kind word than you can on a kind word alone." -Al Capone


"When you get home and face an anti-war protestor, look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she's dating a pansy." -Attributed to General Tommy Franks


"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people." -Theodore Roosevelt


"I am concerned for the security of our great nation, not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within." -Douglas MacArthur


"The World is insane. With tiny spots of sanity, here and there... Not the other way around!" -John Cleese.


"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson


"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." -Ronald Reagan


"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


"There is no such thing as a second place winner in a gunfight" -Bill Jordan


"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." -Thomas Jefferson


"Who can afford so to cover his country with troops for its defense as that 10,000 men descending from the clouds might not in many places do an infinite deal of mischief before a force could be brought together to repel them?" -Benjamin Franklin


" any society, Law is an illusory concept that works only when everyone voluntarily agrees to live by it." -Massad Ayoob


Ain't many troubles

That a man can't fix

With seven hundred dollars

And a thirty-ought-six.

-Jeff Cooper via Lindy Cooper Wisdom


"By a free country, I mean a country where people are allowed, so long as they do not hurt their neighbours, to do as they like. I do not mean a country where six men may make five men do exactly as they like." - Lord Salisbury (1830-1903)


"Find out what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them." -Frederick Douglass


"A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery." -C. S. Lewis


"The state has been living on a revenue which was being produced in the private sphere for private purposes and had to be deflected from these purposes by political force. The theory that construes taxes on the analogy of club dues or of the purchase of the services of, say, a doctor only proves how far removed this part of the social sciences is from scientific habits of mind." -Joseph A. Schumpeter


"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." -John Adams


"Whether the resistance against government tyrants is nonviolent or physically violent, the effort to overthrow state oppression qualifies as true patriotism". -Ron Paul


"Free-market capitalism is derived from no economic construction. It's not something we're trying to establish, it's something that we try to achieve by disestablishing market controls and regulations. It's not a system, it's an anti-system.."  -Artigas


"If the enemy is in range, so are you." - Infantry Journal


"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried." -Sir Winston Churchill


"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." -Clarence Darrow


"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." -Mark Twain


"Here's a summary for the time- or attention-challenged: Never surrender freedom for laws that can't affect criminals; they disobey laws for a living." -Wayne LaPierre


"Nothing says "Obey Me" like a bloody head on a fence post!" -Stewie


"Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong." -Ayn Rand


"Nature always sides with the hidden flaw" -- Murphy


“In war the only sure defense is offence, and the efficiency of offense depends upon the warlike souls of those conducting it.” -George Patton


“God deliver me from my friends! I’ll take care of my enemies myself.”  -Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wales?


"The one absolute certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to be become a tangle of squabbling nationalities." -Theodore Roosevelt


"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and a religious people, it is wholly inadequate for the government of any other." - John Adams


"A cooling-off period for handgun purchases requires a number of unlikely assumptions in order to work. First, the potential murderer - denied a handgun immediately - must then decide not to buy a rifle or a shotgun, which the Brady Bill will allow him to do. Then he must not know how to buy a handgun on the black market, or how to obtain one from friends, relatives or acquaintances. In addition, the type of murder he intends must not be one for which readily available alternative weapons, such as knives, automobiles, or bare hands, will work. Finally, the person who was literally ready to commit a murder on Day One of the waiting period must calm down by Day Seven and stay calm from that day forward."
-David B. Kopel, in Policy Review


"The truth is that any good modern rifle is good enough. The determining factor is the man behind the gun." -Theodore Roosevelt, 1910


"Think, therefore, on revenge and cease to weep." -Henry IV


"19 April 1993 was the first time since the Spanish Inquisition that people have been burned alive for their religious beliefs." -Alec McCol, in Soldier of Fortune


"Tis only a scratch, and I shall have to apologise to you bye and bye for quitting the deck on so trivial an occasion." - Capt. James Wemyss, HMS Bellerophon, Trafalgar, October 21, 1805, stricken by eight musket balls and without his right arm.

"I have one round left, by God and I'm using it!" - Unknown Marine Corps Gunner, told to abandon ship USS Houston, March 1, 1942

"Nothing is more destructive of morale than to learn of the enemy's superiority." -Inoguchi Rikihei


"The society of the late 20th century America is perhaps the first in human history where most grown men do not routinely bear arms on their persons, and boys are not regularly raised from childhood to learn skill in the use of some kind of weapon, either for community or personal defense. Ours also happens to be one of the rudest and crudest societies in history, having jubilantly swept most of the etiquette of speech, table, dress, hospitality, regard for fairness, deference to authority, and the relations of male and female and child and elder under the fraying and filthy carpet of politically convenient illusions. With little fear of physical reprisal, Americans can be as loud, gross, disrespectful, pushy, and negligent as they please. If more people carried rapiers at their belts or revolvers on their hips it is a fair bet that you would be able to go to a movie and enjoy the dialogue from the screen without having to endure the small talk, family gossip, and assorted bodily noises that many theater audiences these days regularly emit." -Samuel Francis, in "Chronicles"


"You are here to die!" - Jose Milan Astray, 1920, To the recruits for the Spanish Foreign Legion


“The most pervasive and least condemned form of dishonesty is not doing the best you can”…Jeff Cooper


“In war the only sure defense is offence, and the efficiency of offense depends upon the warlike souls of those conducting it.”…George Patton


“An armed people is the only guarantee of Liberty”…Fidel Castro