quotable quotes

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ―A. A. Milne

A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ‘merely relative,’ is asking you not to believe him. So don’t. —Roger Scruton

At fourteen I wanted to play guitar very badly. By fifteen I did. —Eric Idle

The world always seems like it’s going to hell when you’re depressed. And, of course, it always is going to hell in some way. That’s what makes it so hard to tell the difference between Armageddon and the blues. —Andrew Klavan

An idea has really triumphed when people are no longer aware that there is any alternative to it. ―Joseph Sobran

You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from. —Cormac McCarthy

People who think their own opinions make them virtuous have the most closed minds of all. ―Peter Hitchens

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

The public loves the idea of a balanced budget, just so long as you don’t have to reduce spending or raise taxes to get there. ―Kevin D. Williamson

An overestimation of one’s originality is the occupational hazard of the unlearned. —Theodore Dalrymple

The whole idea of our government is this: If enough people get together and act in concert, they can take something and not pay for it. —P. J. O’Rourke

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. ―Mark Twain

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults. —Peter De Vries

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. —George Orwell

Mondays are the potholes in the road of life. —Tom Wilson

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. —Winston Churchill

I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. ―Booker T. Washington

Helping poor and suffering people yourself is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral, self-righteous, bullying laziness. You get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint. —Penn Jillette

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. ―William Hazlitt

If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt. ―Dean Martin

I refuse to admit I’m more than fifty-two, even if that does make my sons illegitimate. —Nancy Astor

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. —Albert Camus

One of the problems with being a pessimist is that you can never celebrate when you are proven right. ―Thomas Sowell

Gender has everything to do with biology. That’s how they manage to indicate it on your birth certificate without having to ask the baby to fill out a questionnaire or use flash cards to find out what turns him on sexually. ―Burt Prelutsky

This country has shed more blood for the freedom of other people than all the other nations in the history of the world combined. I’m tired of people feeling like they’ve got to apologize for America. —Fred Thompson

I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. —Rita Rudner

Communism doesn’t work, and no one who has ever run a business, or worked for a business that actually depends on selling its products, or in fact done anything productive, can believe it does. But it makes a total conquest of intellectuals, academics, and people who feel the “real” world doesn’t compensate them enough and that they’re way too smart for the common herd. —Sarah A. Hoyt

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

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. —Søren Kierkegaard

What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. —Thomas Jefferson

Every fountain of government benefits is also a siphon into taxpayer wallets. —John Hayward

If you vote for candidates who think it’s the role of the state to provide health care, don’t complain when your hospitals are as badly run as everything else run by the state. —Daniel Hannan

The state continually releases us from our duties to our families as it increases our obligations to itself. You can leave your spouse, abort your children, abandon your parents. But you can’t divorce the state. ―Joseph Sobran

We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it. ―Madeleine L’Engle

The real argument against aristocracy is that it always means the rule of the ignorant; for the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance of work. —G. K. Chesterton

There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality which excites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great. But there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom. ―Alexis de Tocqueville

When young women say no to feminism, feminists don’t accept that no means no. ―Christina Hoff Sommers

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. ―Arthur Schopenhauer

Beware of anyone who calls you bad names merely for asking honest questions. Beware of anyone who insists on reframing your sincere curiosity as a character defect. Beware of anyone who questions your motives while ignoring your facts. When someone calls you bad names merely for asking questions, it suggests they know the answer but are terrified to admit it. —Jim Goad

The graveyards are full of indispensable men. —Charles de Gaulle

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. —John Stuart Mill

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. —Edgar Allan Poe

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks. —Daniel Boone

Many Americans who say that we should learn from other people, especially Europeans, mean that we should imitate what they did. That may make those who talk this way feel superior to other Americans. But let us never forget that the most disastrous ideologies of the 20th century — communism, fascism and nazism — all originated in Europe. So did both World Wars. —Thomas Sowell

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir… mighty scarce. —Mark Twain

There are countless horrible things happening all over the world and horrible people prospering, but we must never allow them to disturb our equanimity or deflect us from our sacred duty to sabotage and annoy them whenever possible. ―Auberon Waugh

As time passes, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. —Andrew Carnegie

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. —Thomas Paine

Jesus would be turning over in his grave, if He were still in there. ―Alfonzo Rachel

If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr. —Barbara L. Diamond

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business, and in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy. ―Thomas Merton

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. —Oscar Wilde

The federal government, which has Tomahawk cruise missiles and Apache and Lakota helicopters, used the code name “Geronimo” in the attack that killed Osama bin Laden but objects to the name of the Washington Redskins. ―George Will

Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right. —Ricky Gervais

How we behave toward cats here below determines our place in heaven. ―Robert Heinlein

Every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own. —Herbert Hoover

Government growth and religious freedom are inversely correlated. This is no accident. —Mike Adams

Those who want to “spread the wealth” almost invariably seek to concentrate the power. It happens too often, and in too many different countries around the world, to be a coincidence. Which is more dangerous, inequalities of wealth or concentrations of power? —Thomas Sowell

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps. ―Tiger Woods

Most people my age are dead at the present time. You can look it up. —Casey Stengel

Despite what you may have been taught about Indians or Africans or ancient Celts, poor people are terrible stewards of their environment. For instance, if my kid were starving to death, I would happily feed her fresh panda. —Jonah Goldberg

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ―Winston Churchill

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. —Beverly Sills

One of the downsides of being special is that you feel out of place wherever you go. —Gavin McInnes

Man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts. —Ronald Reagan

Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. —George Orwell

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. —Milton Friedman

I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. —Charlotte Brontë

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right. —Ashleigh Brilliant

The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. —Will Rogers

Politics has turned the lofty ideal of equality into the ugly reality of resentment of other people’s achievements — and a feeling that the world owes you something, while you owe nobody anything, not even common decency. ―Thomas Sowell

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. ―Mark Twain

There’s a reason why we have the Statue of Liberty, not the Statue of Equality. —Charles Krauthammer

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. ―Theodore Roosevelt

If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind? ―Frédéric Bastiat

In my day, we didn’t have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned. —Jane Haddam

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the light of every passing ship. —Omar N. Bradley

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. 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. —P. J. O’Rourke

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it’s their fault. —Henry Kissinger

All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope. —Winston Churchill

We’ve become a culture where earning money doesn’t entitle you to it, but wanting it does. That is the essence of redistribution. —Ken Blackwell

If cigarette taxes are meant to discourage people from smoking, what are income taxes supposed to stop people from doing? —Austin Peterson

Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all. —G. K. Chesterton

My father was a very successful businessman, but he was ruined in the stock market crash. A big stockbroker jumped out the window and fell on his pushcart. —Jackie Mason

Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing. —Dave Barry

People who deride others for being simplistic should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth. —Thomas Sowell

The American male doesn’t mature until he has exhausted all other possibilities. —Wilfrid Sheed

Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves. ―T. S. Eliot

People who believe absurdities will eventually commit atrocities. —Voltaire

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency — the belief that the here and now is all there is. ―Allan Bloom

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. —J. M. Barrie

Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. They will only exchange tyrants and tyrannies. ―John Adams

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die. ―Mel Brooks

Since the social victim has been oppressed by society, he comes to feel that his individual life will be improved more by changes in society than by his own initiative. Without realizing it, he makes society rather than himself the agent of change. The power he finds in his victimization may lead him to collective action against society, but it also encourages passivity within the sphere of his personal life. —Shelby Steele

Some things have to be believed to be seen. —Madeleine L’Engle

The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false. —Paul Johnson

Never argue with stupid people; they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. —Mark Twain

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. ―Benjamin Franklin

Men love liberty because it protects them from control and humiliation from others, and thus affords them the possibility of dignity. They loathe liberty because it throws them back on their own abilities and resources, and thus confronts them with the possibility of insignificance. —Thomas Szasz

Not only for every idle word must man render an account, but for every idle silence. —St. Ambrose

Even a Darwinian materialist might concede that piety can have its bright side, just as the love of truth or beauty does. For that matter, how does belief in evolution itself conduce to survival? If it’s necessary, why did it take mankind so long to think of it? If it’s not necessary, what purpose is really served by advocating it? ―Joseph Sobran

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. —Dwight D. Eisenhower

Tradition is a set of solutions for which we have forgotten the problems. Throw away the solution and you get the problem back. —Donald Kingsbury 

So long as public schools are treated as places that exist to provide guaranteed jobs to members of the teachers’ unions, do not be surprised to see American students continuing to score lower on international tests than students in countries that spend a lot less per pupil than we do. ―Thomas Sowell

The left is always dabbling in fictional dystopias where there is a yawning chasm between rich and poor, where the country is riven by racial conflict, and where the whole nation has to be impoverished to serve the power and vanity of the Capitol—and yet somehow this is the system they always create when they’re in power, in places like Baltimore and Chicago. —Robert Tracinski

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. ―C. S. Lewis

The trouble with straw men is it only takes a single match to set them ablaze. —Andrew Klavan

It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money. —P. J. O’Rourke

We might think of dollars as being certificates of performance. The better I serve my fellow man, and the higher the value he places on that service, the more certificates of performance he gives me. The more certificates I earn, the greater my claim on the goods my fellow man produces. That’s the morality of the market: In order for one to have a claim on what his fellow man produces, he must first serve him. ―Walter Williams

Let me sum it up for you: We got some people who work for a living, and we got some people who vote for a living. —Hank Williams Jr.

The fact that the majority wants something good does not give them the right to use force on the minority that don’t want to pay for it. If you have to use a gun, it’s not really a very good idea. Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It’s just ganging up on the weird kid, and I’m always the weird kid. —Penn Jillette

Of course there’s a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don’t take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates. ―Abbott Lawrence Lowell

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day. —Winston Churchill

There are people who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves. ―Jane Austen

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ―Martin Luther King Jr.

Apathy towards evil is man’s greatest sin. —Elie Wiesel

Behind every liberal philanthropist fortune is a huge capitalist score. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett can afford now to be liberal — an expensive indulgence — because in their early incarnations they were no-holds-barred capitalists who made lots of enemies conducting business without mercy and in search of pure profit. —Victor Davis Hanson

The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it. —George Orwell

Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong. —Muhammed Ali

You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think. —Milton Berle

Angry people who demand things don’t stop being angry when their demands are met. —Morgan Freeberg

The mass State has no intention of promoting mutual understanding and the relationship of man to man; it strives, rather, for atomization, for the psychic isolation of the individual. The more unrelated individuals are, the more consolidated the State becomes, and vice versa. ―Carl Jung

The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants. ―Albert Camus

Not since the days of slavery have there been so many people who feel entitled to what other people have produced as there are in the modern welfare state. —Thomas Sowell

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. —Socrates

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye: the more light you pour on it, the more it contracts. —Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow. ―James Madison

A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep. ―W. H. Auden

My belief in free competitive economic enterprise does not rest solely or even mainly on arguments of economic efficiency, though, heaven knows, these are cogent enough. It rests essentially on the view that the free market is the only safe way of ensuring that productive effort is directed towards supplying what individuals actually want, and in a way which secures the dignity and independence of the worker. —Margaret Thatcher

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through. —Jonathan Swift

I’m not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens. —Woody Allen

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and both commonly succeed, and are right. —H. L. Mencken

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. ―John Wayne

There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. —John Mortimer

A hermit is simply a person to whom civilization has failed to adjust itself. —Will Cuppy

The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving. —Russell Green

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. —William S. Burroughs

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. —Mark Twain

A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers. —Friedrich Hayek

In one hundred years we have gone from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to teaching Remedial English in college. —Joseph Sobran

Envy is the root of the egalitarian ethos. —Robert Stacy McCain

Intellect must not exist by itself. When it rejects the guidance of love and inspiration, it can justify all bigotries, no matter how brutal; it can explain away any madness, including murder. In the wrong hands a beam of light may become a death ray. —Neil Millar

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. —George Orwell

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion. —William Ralph Inge

A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., an M.S., or a Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B. ―Fats Domino

Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian. —Henry Ford

There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage. —John Witherspoon

Ambitious people climb, but faithful people build. —Julia Ward Howe

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. —Maximilien de Robespierre

The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need, but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it. —Louis Kahn

A man’s admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him. —Alexis de Tocqueville

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wicker-work picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. —Tom Stoppard

It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor. ―Max Eastman

The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics. —Thomas Sowell

I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs. —Samuel Goldwyn

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. —Thomas Edison

The fool is disturbed not when they tell him that his ideas are false, but when they suggest that they have gone out of style. —Nicolás Gómez Dávila

Of course, there are dangers in religious freedom and freedom of opinion. But to deny these rights is worse than dangerous, it is absolutely fatal to liberty. The external threat to liberty should not drive us into suppressing liberty at home. —Harry Truman

The rift between conservatives and liberals is pretty simple. Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are mean. That’s why political debate often sounds like grammar school recess. —Mike Adams

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others. —Winston Churchill

The only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. —Elie Wiesel

There’s no trick to being a humorist when you’ve got the whole government working for you. —Will Rogers

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. —P. J. O’Rourke

I love long walks, especially when they’re taken by people who annoy me. —Noel Coward

Capitalism vigorously pursued has never produced the atrocities – starvation, tyranny, and genocide – that are produced by statism vigorously pursued. Nothing remotely close. —Don Boudreaux

There are few talents so richly rewarded – especially in politics and the media – as the ability to portray parasites as victims, and portray demands for preferential treatment as struggles for equal rights. ―Thomas Sowell

The cost of anything is the foregone alternative. —Walter Johnson

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. —Douglas Adams

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. —Oscar Wilde

There are relatively few atheists among neurologists and brain surgeons and astrophysicists, but many among psychologists, sociologists, and historians. The reason seems obvious: the first study divine design, the second study human undesign. —Peter Kreeft

If a society is to preserve stability and a degree of continuity, it must know how to keep its adolescents from imposing their tastes, attitudes, values, and fantasies on everyday life. ―Eric Hoffer

Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids. ―John Steinbeck

There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you. —Peter De Vries

Government is necessary because man is flawed; it is evil because it corrupts men and usurps liberty. That is why the American framers took such pains to limit and check its powers. —Andrew McCarthy

It will be a great day when taxpayers keep the money they earned and Congress has to hold a bake sale to raise the debt limit. —David Burge

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. —Charles Wadsworth

You can’t make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society, which is coming, where everyone is interdependent. —John Dewey

Politicians never accuse you of greed for wanting other people’s money, only for wanting to keep your own money. —Joseph Sobran

Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you. —Wendell Berry

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. —Corrie Ten Boom

The logical upshot of liberalism’s hatred of hypocrisy is that it is better for the liar to champion lying, the glutton to advocate gluttony, the adulterer to celebrate adultery, than for someone to preach the right thing if he himself occasionally does the wrong thing. Better to let your failings define you and be happy about it, than to let your ideals define you but then fall short of them, for that opens you up to the charge of hypocrisy. —Jonah Goldberg

Build a man a fire, he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. —Terry Pratchett

Idle minds are the devil’s research-and-development department. —Robert Stacy McCain

No one, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs or institutions of his society, for those are the wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history. —Thomas Sowell

Liberty not only means that the individual has both the opportunity and the burden of choice; it also means that he must bear the consequences of his actions and will receive praise or blame for them. —Friedrich Hayek

It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men. —Samuel Adams

If you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. —C. S. Lewis

The onset of individual life is not a dogma of the church but a fact of science. How much more convenient if we lived in the 13th century, when no one knew anything about microbiology and arguments about the onset of life were legitimate. Nowadays it is not some misguided ecclesiastics who are trying to suppress an embarrassing scientific fact. It is the secular juridical-journalistic establishment. —Walker Percy

The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else. —Frédéric Bastiat

American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is that truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. —Edward R. Murrow

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies. —Groucho Marx

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. —Abraham Lincoln

It’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future. —Yogi Berra

The worst thing about depression isn’t the sense that you’re accentuating the negative, it’s that you’re seeing things the way they really are, stripped of the illusions you use every day to divert yourself from the Yawning Maw of Futility. It’s the wind that blows off the snow and reveals the stone. —James Lileks

Never pick a fight with a man who buys pixels by the terabyte. —W. J. J. Hoge

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. —W. Somerset Maugham

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. —Mark Twain

A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. —Milton Friedman

No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people. —William Howard Taft

Let every man, every corporation, and especially let every village, town, and city, every county and state, get out of debt and keep out of debt. It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times. —Rutherford B. Hayes

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

When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown. —Stephen Jay Gould

The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf. —Will Rogers

I cannot imagine how the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker. —Voltaire

A society without firearms is, in the end, a society of dim-witted collectivist bean farmers. —Vin Suprynowicz

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 labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago, and a racist today. —Thomas Sowell

Crying to get what you want is successful only in proportion to how cute you are. —Bill McCurry

Attempted murder should carry the same penalty as first-degree murder. Otherwise, you’re simply rewarding incompetence. —Burt Prelutsky

Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. —Madeleine L’Engle

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. —Flannery O’Connor

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. —Scott Adams

Pacifists are sentimentalists who see the world as a benign place, which can be tamed by their moral precepts. They can afford their naïveté because they are sheltered from the real world by the cops and soldiers whose efforts they scorn. —Politics and Prosperity

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. —G. K. Chesterton

I never graduated from Iowa, but I was only there for two terms — Truman’s and Eisenhower’s. —Alex Karras

The difference between a politician and a pickpocket is that the pickpocket doesn’t get indignant when you tell him to keep his hands to himself. —Joseph Sobran

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness. —George Orwell

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it. —Edith Wharton

People occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. —Winston Churchill

You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity. —Golda Meir

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere — “Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,” as Herbert says, “fine nets and stratagems.” God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous. ―C. S. Lewis

The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. —Margaret Thatcher

In the war on the unborn, every day is another 9/11. —Mike Adams

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come. —Victor Hugo

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot. —Clarence Thomas

All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. —James Madison

No beast is more savage than man, when possessed of power equal to his passion. —Plutarch

Socialism has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. —Thomas Sowell

Only a liberal could find a right to gay marriage in the Fourteenth Amendment, but not find a right to bear arms in the Second. —Jim Hughes

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. —P. J. O’Rourke

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

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. —C. S. Lewis

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. —Eleanor Roosevelt

We have four boxes with which to defend our freedom: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box. —Larry McDonald

When I was a young boy, they called me a liar. Now that I’m all grown up, they call me a writer. —Isaac Bashevis Singer

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy. —George Bancroft

Don’t carry a grudge. While you’re carrying the grudge the other guy’s out dancing. —Buddy Hackett

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. —Douglas Adams

Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won’t buy, but have you ever tried to buy them without money? —Ogden Nash

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. —John Locke

Self-esteem comes from achievements, not from lax standards and false praise. —Condoleezza Rice

When the people fear their government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. —Thomas Jefferson

What this country needs is more unemployed politicians. —Edward Langley

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Looking at its sad appearance, who would think that those stiff branches, those jagged twigs would turn green again and blossom and bear fruit next spring; but we hope they will, we know they will. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. —Mark Twain

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. —Frederick Douglass

College football is a sport that bears the same relation to education that bullfighting does to agriculture. —Elbert Hubbard

We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of the public money. —David Crockett

My grandmother is over eighty and she still doesn’t need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle. —Henny Youngman

Even squirrels know enough to store nuts, so that they will have something to eat when food gets scarce. But the welfare state has spawned a whole class of people who spend everything they get when times are good, and look to others to provide for their food and other basic needs when times turn bad. —Thomas Sowell

Our culture has accepted two huge lies: The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. —Rick Warren

When tolerance becomes a one way street, it leads to cultural suicide. —Allen West

One moves swiftly and imperceptibly from a world in which affirmative action can’t be ended because its beneficiaries are too weak to a world in which it can’t be ended because its beneficiaries are too strong. ―Christopher Caldwell

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. —Will Rogers

The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. ―Milton Friedman 

When I said that the mentally ill should be in institutions, public universities weren’t the kind of institutions I had in mind. —Robert Stacy McCain

The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head. —Noah Webster

I gave up on new poetry myself thirty years ago, when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world. —Russell Baker

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money. —Alexis de Tocqueville

Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you. —Winston Churchill

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. —Adam Smith

It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood. —Karl Popper

It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then don’t say it. —Sam Levenson

‎If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world. —C. S. Lewis

The state gives you two options. If you won’t be its dependent, you must pay taxes to support those who are. Living off others’ taxes is legitimate; refusing to pay those taxes is criminal. ―Joseph Sobran

There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature. —P. G. Wodehouse

Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man. Capitalists seek to find what people want and produce and market it as efficiently as possible. —Walter Williams

The direct use of physical force is so poor a solution to the problem of limited resources that it is commonly employed only by small children and great nations. —David Friedman

I’m so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white. —Thomas Sowell

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. —E. B. White

Politics should be limited in scope to war, protection of property, and the occasional precautionary beheading of a member of the ruling class. —P. J. O’Rourke

I took up writing because I needed money. And I continued to write because it’s safer than stealing and easier than working. —Robert Heinlein

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

Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius. —Benjamin Disraeli

I am pro-gun because I weigh 147 pounds and I want to preserve the option of shooting people who are bigger than me. Sometimes they need it. —Scott Adams

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. —Bertrand Russell

There are two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt. —John Adams

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, and to have the two as close together as possible. —George Burns

The young have aspirations that never come to pass; the old have reminiscences of what never happened. —Saki

Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad. —George Orwell

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. —Mark Twain

You can’t get good Chinese takeout in China, and Cuban cigars are rationed in Cuba. That’s all you need to know about communism. —P. J. O’Rourke

I learned three important things in college — to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, to drop asleep at any time given a horizontal surface and fifteen minutes. ―Agnes DeMille

The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. —Ayn Rand

Welfare states on both sides of the Atlantic have discovered that largesse to losers does not reduce their hostility to society, but only increases it. Far from producing gratitude, generosity is seen as an admission of guilt, and the reparations as inadequate compensations for injustices, leading to worsening behavior by the recipients. —Thomas Sowell

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. —Herman Melville

My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying. —Ed Furgol

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

It takes only one child to raze a village. —Florence King

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. —Winston Churchill

When somebody is determined to whup your ass, without regard to any concern for what is fair, you must recognize that the only alternative is to whup his ass by whatever means or methods are available. —Robert Stacy McCain

I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. —Herbert B. Swope

A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms. —Thomas Hardy

Your money does not cause my poverty. Refusal to believe this is at the bottom of most bad economic thinking. —P. J. O’Rourke

The difference between men and women is that, if given the choice between saving the life of an infant or catching a fly ball, a woman will automatically choose to save the infant, without even considering if there’s a man on base. —Dave Barry

The purpose of the writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself. —Bernard Malamud

Journalism is about covering important stories―with a pillow, until they stop moving. —David Burge

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over. —Ambrose Bierce

When people disappoint you because they fail to live up to a standard, you should reject their failure, not the standard. You shouldn’t reject Jesus because his followers fail. He told you it would be this way. He was right about that. So maybe you should keep listening. —Mike Adams

If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be! —William Makepeace Thackeray

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth: anonymously and posthumously. —Thomas Sowell

I’m not young enough to know everything. ―J. M. Barrie

It’s neither the sheriff nor the priest that keeps the first auto mechanic honest in a small town. It’s the second mechanic. —Tim Nerenz

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. —William James

Some mornings, it’s just not worth chewing through the leather straps. —Emo Phillips

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. —F. P. Jones

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. —Bill Watterson

It always confuses liberals that conservatives like the military and don’t like the bureaucracy. That’s because the military has their guns pointed out, and the bureaucracy has them pointed in. —Grover Norquist

It’s the fellow who knows when to quit that the audience wants more of. —Will Rogers

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. —Mark Twain

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on. —Robert Frost

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. —G. K. Chesterton

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect. —Oscar Wilde

People see God every day; they just don’t recognize him. —Pearl Bailey

True love ennobles and dignifies the material labors of life; and homely services rendered for love’s sake have in them a poetry that is immortal. —Harriet Beecher Stowe

Weighing benefits against costs is the way most people make decisions — and the way most businesses make decisions, if they want to stay in business. Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large. —Thomas Sowell

Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove. —Ashleigh Brilliant

Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. —Benjamin Franklin

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. —P. J. O’Rourke

Darwinism by itself did not produce the Holocaust, but without Darwinism neither Hitler nor his followers would have had the necessary scientific underpinnings to convince themselves and their collaborators that one of the world’s greatest atrocities was really morally praiseworthy. —Richard Weikart

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. —Victor Hugo

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it. —H. L. Mencken

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” —C. S. Lewis

If you’re going through hell, keep going. —Winston Churchill

I am not impressed by the Ivy League establishments. Of course they graduate the best — it’s all they’ll take, leaving to others the problem of educating the country. They will give you an education the way the banks will give you money — provided you can prove to their satisfaction that you don’t need it. —Peter DeVries

It is not economical to go to bed early to save the candles if the result is twins. —Chinese Proverb

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. —Albert Schweitzer

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures. —Samuel Johnson

Were there no God, we would be in this glorious world with grateful hearts and no one to thank. —Christina Rossetti

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. —John Adams

There is no such thing as gun control. There is only centralizing gun ownership in the hands of a small political elite and their minions. ―Stefan Molyneux

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. —Saul Bellow

Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannot congeal in winter. —James Fenimore Cooper

If you can’t convince them, confuse them. —Harry Truman

I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light. —Mary Gardiner Brainard

Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God. —Thomas Sowell

There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange. —Daniel Webster

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. —Mark Twain

There is no proposition so clear that it cannot be rendered obscure and incomprehensible by a committee. —James Finnegan

Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. —Bernard Baruch

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct. —Thomas Carlyle

I am not disposed to complain that I have planted and others have gathered the fruits. A man has cause for regret only when he sows and no one reaps. —Charles Goodyear

The truth can walk around naked; only lies must be clothed in euphemism. —Yiddish proverb

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn? —Jane Austen

The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honor you can bestow on him. It means that you recognize his superiority to yourself. —Joseph Sobran

Calculus destroys self-esteem on contact. —James Lileks

Even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. —Stephen Hawking

The common denominator of success — the secret of success of every person who has ever been successful — lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do. —Albert E. N. Gray

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said. —Peter Drucker

No matter how cynical I get, I just can’t keep up. —Nora Ephron

If the government ran Blockbuster, it would still be in business. And Netflix would be illegal. —David Burge

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. —Mike Tyson

If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism. —Thomas Sowell

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. —Douglas Adams

It is customary in democratic countries to deplore expenditures on armaments as conflicting with the requirements of social services. There is a tendency to forget the most important social service a government can do for its people is to keep them alive and free. —Sir John Cotesworth Slessor, RAF

A good player goes where the puck is. A great player goes where the puck is going to be. —Wayne Gretzky

Having daughters tends to help a guy get in touch with his inner social conservative. —Robert Stacy McCain

When people say they are going to wipe the slate clean, it’s your slate they mean to wipe. —P. J. O’Rourke

It’s long been known that the only thing that Communism is good at is turning large numbers of live peasants into large numbers of dead ones. —Moe Lane

For the Christian there can be no social or political panaceas, no easy escapes from personal responsibility achieved by collectivising guilt or virtue. The true ends of temporal life lie beyond it, and, though the tyrannical State may diminish virtue, the benevolent State cannot procure it. —Margaret Thatcher

In a strong wind, even turkeys can fly. —Mark Suster

If you build a better mousetrap, the world might beat a path to your door, or a rival mousetrap maker may beat you to a pulp. ―Gavin McInnes

Pacifism only works if there’s someone else that’s strong around to keep things together — someone who’ll stick up for you. If everyone goes pacifist except the bad people, eventually one bad person with no conscience winds up ruling. —Sebastian Marshall

It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. It took one afternoon on the golf course. ―Hank Aaron

It is said that man can not be trusted with government of himself. Can he then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. —Thomas Jefferson

Doing good with other people’s money has two basic flaws. In the first place, you never spend anybody else’s money as carefully as you spend your own. So a large fraction of that money is inevitably wasted. In the second place, you cannot do good with other people’s money unless you first get the money away from them. So that force – sending a policeman to take the money from somebody’s pocket – is fundamentally at the basis of the philosophy of the welfare state. —Milton Friedman

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. —Thomas Sowell

It’s surprising how many problems can be solved by repealing a bad law rather than enacting a new one. —Peter J. Wallison

Monogamy is a huge time-saver. —Steve Sailer

If you’re not willing to have somebody hauled off at gunpoint over the project, then it’s probably not a legitimate concern of the state. —Kevin D. Williamson

We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. —George Orwell

Should we be rewriting history just to make people feel good? That’s not history, that’s psychiatry. —Ed Koch

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

We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. —Will Rogers

It would be a healthy exercise for every politician to look in the mirror every morning and remind himself that he holds office only because, in a two-man race against another mediocrity, a modest majority of those half-informed people who imagined that their votes mattered reckoned that he was the lesser evil. ―Joseph Sobran

I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it. —Jonathan Winters

Men are animals, but women don’t like animals, so men behave. That’s roughly my definition of civilization. —Yuval Levin

However little the rich may deserve their wealth, the government deserves it even less. —Tom Smith

God often works more by the life of the illiterate seeking the things that are God’s, than by the ability of the learned seeking the things that are their own. —Anselm of Canterbury

In the druidical religion of liberalism, not separating your recyclables is a sin, but abortion is just a medical procedure. —Ann Coulter

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely 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 own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. —C. S. Lewis

There is some theoretical amount of honesty that is indistinguishable from mental illness. —Scott Adams

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

Racism is not dead, but it is on life support — kept alive by politicians, race hustlers, and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as “racists.” —Thomas Sowell

Without wishing to damp the ardor of curiosity or influence the freedom of inquiry, I will hazard a prediction that, after the most industrious and impartial researches, the longest liver of you all will find no principles, institutions or systems of education more fit in general to be transmitted to your posterity than those you have received from your ancestors. —John Adams

Dreams, if they’re any good, are always a little bit crazy. ―Ray Charles

You can be called a hypocrite for upholding old standards of virtue that you don’t exemplify perfectly, but you can’t be called a hypocrite for sinking into utter moral squalor, as long as you profess to believe there’s nothing wrong with it. So the defender of traditional morality is kept constantly on the defensive, since only he can be accused of hypocrisy. ―Joseph Sobran

We are what we repeatedly do. —Will Durant

A man who deliberately inflicts violence on the language will almost certainly inflict violence on human beings if he acquires the power. Those who treasure the meaning of words will treasure truth, and those who bend words to their purposes are very likely in pursuit of anti-social ones. The correct and honourable use of words is the first and natural credential of civilized status. ―Paul Johnson

Lord, the money we spend on government, and it’s not one bit better than the government we got for one-third the money twenty years ago. —Will Rogers

Just as a strongly flowing fountain is not blocked up by a handful of earth, so the compassion of the Creator is not overcome by the wickedness of his creatures. —St. Isaac the Syrian

When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice — You may know that your society is doomed. —Ayn Rand

However widespread the desire to be free, that is wholly different from a desire to live in a society where others are free. —Thomas Sowell

We always ask where the time went. We never ask where it’s coming from. —James Lileks

The sole condition which is required in order to succeed in centralizing the supreme power in a democratic community, is to love equality, or to get men to believe you love it. Thus the science of despotism, which was once so complex, is simplified, and reduced to a single principle. —Alexis de Tocqueville

The best things and best people rise out of their separateness. I’m against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise. —Robert Frost

Much of economics isn’t difficult, or rather, the difficulty is in cooking up arguments to “prove” that commonsense conclusions are wrong. The fact is that many commonsense conclusions are quite correct, and it takes a lot of education to get you to believe different. —Jerry Pournelle

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program. —Bob Wells

Enlightened legislation or enlightened social activity of whatever kind, does play into the hands of people with agendas of their own. If you legalize euthanasia, you provide a field day for people who like killing other people. —J. G. Ballard

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. —Winston Churchill

There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches. —Will Rogers

There isn’t a parallel of latitude but thinks it would have been the equator if it had its rights. —Mark Twain

When plunder becomes a way of life, men create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. —Frédéric Bastiat

Heroes understand the vast moral gulf between those who target the innocent and those who target those who target the innocent. —John Nolte

Every power grab is the new base camp for the next power grab. —Mark Steyn

If government ownership of land and natural resources was the best way to protect the environment, then we should have found a Garden of Eden in the Soviet Union after the Iron Curtain came down. Instead, there was one environmental horror story after another. —Malcolm Wallop

We don’t want to know how to make government work. We want to know how to make it stop. —P. J. O’Rourke

Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long. —Ogden Nash

When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination. —Thomas Sowell

The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. —John Adams

Your generosity is reflected in what you do with your own money, not in what you do with other people’s money. If I give a lot of money to charity, then I am generous. If you give a smaller fraction of your money to charity, then you are less generous. But if you want to tax me in order to give my money to charity, that does not make you generous. —Arnold Kling

Free people are not equal and equal people are not free. —Jerry Pournelle

Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day. —Benjamin Franklin

‎To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. —Thomas Jefferson

No Christian assumes the Jews are right about everything, but they knew God during tens of centuries during which my ancestors were worshiping trees and eating each other, so when they talk, I listen. —Steve Graham

I think that the main issue with inequality is not the gap between the rich and the poor. It is the gap between the earnings of top business leaders and the salaries of academics and journalists. —Arnold Kling

To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. ―Voltaire

In an era of universal deceit, the truth is a revolutionary act. —George Orwell

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If they’re any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. —Howard Aiken

Life is tough. It’s tougher if you’re stupid. —John Wayne

We have to believe in free will. We’ve got no choice. —Isaac Bashevis Singer

It’s a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand. —Madeleine L’Engle

You can observe a lot by watching. —Yogi Berra

The difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to make sense. —Tom Clancy

A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them. —P. J. O’Rourke

College is the only place where you can rebel by doing exactly what people in authority tell you to do. —Steve Graham

I find that when I tell lawyer jokes to a mixed audience, the lawyers don’t think they’re funny and the non-lawyers don’t think they’re jokes. —Chief Justice John Roberts

A tyranny may exist without an individual tyrant. A whole government, even a democratically elected one, may be tyrannical. —Joseph Sobran

What we call man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument. —C. S. Lewis

The first victims of poseur environmentalism will always be developing countries. In order for you to put biofuel in your Prius and feel good about yourself for no reason, real actual people in faraway places have to starve to death. —Mark Steyn

Fairy tales don’t teach children that monsters exist. Children already know that monsters exist. Fairy tales teach children that monsters can be killed. —G. K. Chesterton

Hate speech is verbal communication that induces anger due to the listener’s inability to offer an intelligent response. ―Mike Adams

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. —Tom Wilson

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. —Robert Heinlein

A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue. ―Daniel Webster

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. —Winston Churchill

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. —Thomas Sowell

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. —George Bernard Shaw

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. —Mark Twain

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. —Thomas Paine

The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer. —Paula Poundstone

The difference between a thief and a congressman: When a thief steals your money, he doesn’t expect you to thank him. —Walter Williams

It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. —Noel Coward

The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself. —St. Augustine

There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well. —Booker T. Washington

Politicians are predisposed not to see spending other people’s money as a problem, because spending other people’s money is what politicians do for a living. If politicians thought there was something wrong with it, they would be in a different line of work. —Michael F. Cannon

War is God’s way of teaching Americans about geography. —Ambrose Bierce

When one person doesn’t understand economics, we call it ignorance. When millions don’t, we call it a political movement. ―Scott Adams

The harder I work, the luckier I get. ―Samuel Goldwyn

Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. —Douglas Adams

One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again. —Thomas Sowell

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one. Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of the word liberty. ―Abraham Lincoln

Perhaps the most important fact about power is that the powerful are almost always sincere. They honestly believe they are doing good. Every Sauron considers himself a Boromir. —Mencius Moldbug

You can have peace processes all you like, but if one side is committed to war, then it’s war. —John Podhoretz

It is time people realized that “human rights codes” are a weapon employed by the state to suppress disapproved behaviour by the individual. —David Warren

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing. —Oscar Wilde

Legalizing abortion to get government out of the bedroom is like legalizing cannibalism to get government out of the kitchen. —Joseph Sobran

The more you socialize the costs of personal liberty, the more license you give others to regulate it. —Jonah Goldberg

One of the easiest things in the world to do is to tell other people how to raise their children. This is especially easy if you have no children of your own. —Robert Stacy McCain

The aim of public education is not to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. The aim is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. —H. L. Mencken

Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again. —André Gide

Think you have a low opinion of government? You should see government’s opinion of you! —David Burge

The government is good at one thing: It knows how to break your legs, then hand you a crutch and say, “See, if it weren’t for the government you wouldn’t be able to walk.” —Harry Browne

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. —Bertrand Russell

There is not a man in the country can’t make a living for himself and his family. But he can’t make a living for them and his government too, the way the government is living. What government has got to do is live as cheap as the people. —Will Rogers

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. —Mark Twain

What do you call it when someone steals someone else’s money secretly? Theft. What do you call it when someone takes someone else’s money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else’s money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social justice. —Thomas Sowell

One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. —P. J. O’Rourke

Because we need nutrition, we feel hunger. What does it tell us that all men have spiritual hungers? Only that they are all deluded? Or is it that they all crave the “poison” of religion? If the spiritual is a mere delusion, of which our animal nature has no real need, how odd that it should be a universal delusion, rather than a local cultural eccentricity. ―Joseph Sobran

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. —William Pitt 

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. —John Adams

In California, thieves have three choices: They can go to prison, Sacramento, or Washington D.C. —Burt Prelutsky

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. —Albert Schweitzer

It is difficult to imagine how men who have entirely renounced the habit of managing their own affairs could be successful in choosing those who ought to lead them. It is impossible to believe that a liberal, energetic, and wise government can ever emerge from the ballots of a nation of servants. —Alexis de Tocqueville

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. —Benjamin Franklin

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. —W. Somerset Maugham

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck. —Frederick Douglass

The real case against socialism is not its economic inefficiency, though on all sides there is evidence of that. Much more fundamental is its basic immorality. —Margaret Thatcher

The believer in God has to account for the existence of unjust suffering; the atheist has to account for everything else. —Milton Steinberg

I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five. —Stephen Wright

Music directly imitates the passions or states of the soul. When one listens to music that imitates a certain passion, he becomes imbued with the same passion; and if over a long time he habitually listens to music that rouses ignoble passions, his whole character will be shaped to an ignoble form. —Aristotle

Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion. —Richard John Neuhaus

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it; ignorance may deride it; but in the end, there it is. —Winston Churchill

A man can’t be taken to hell, or sent to hell: you can only get there on your own steam. —C. S. Lewis

It remains to be seen which program will cause greater societal damage: China’s one-child policy or America’s one-parent policy. —P. J. O’Rourke

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.  —George Orwell

Let’s keep people with weird religious faiths out of government. Especially those who have a weird religious faith IN government. —David Burge

Some people say that taxes are the price we pay for civilization. But the runaway taxes of our time are the price we pay for being gullible. —Thomas Sowell

In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think, but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators. —William F. Buckley Jr.

Abortion is the Antichrist’s demonic parody of the eucharist. That’s why it uses the same holy words, “This is my body,” with the blasphemous opposite meaning. —Peter Kreeft

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. —Galileo Galilei

Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves. —Ronald Reagan

I pretended to be someone I wanted to be, and I finally became that person. —Cary Grant

When a government controls both the economic power of individuals and the coercive power of the state, this violates a fundamental rule of happy living: Never let the people with all the money and the people with all the guns be the same people. —P. J. O’Rourke

I don’t believe in astrology. I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical. —Arthur C. Clarke

Feminism is a Rorschach test. Stare at the inkblot and shout: “Misogyny!” —Robert Stacy McCain

You can live to be a hundred if you give up all things that make you want to live to be a hundred —Woody Allen

Some men are graduated from college cum laude, some are graduated summa cum laude, and some are graduated mirabile dictu. —William Howard Taft

Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you. —Ogden Nash

We are indebted to Marx for the general assumption that everything is the state’s business, and that even privacy is something that can exist only by the grace of the state’s rather suspicious permission. ―Joseph Sobran

Conservatism is pessimistic, with a negative tendency — which we mostly resist — towards despair. Liberals are optimists, with a negative tendency, rarely resisted, towards utopianism. —John Derbyshire

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand. —Milton Friedman

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. —Oscar Ameringer

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. —Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

To my mind, conservatism is gratitude. Conservatives tend to begin from gratitude for what is good and what works in our society and then strive to build on it, while liberals tend to begin from outrage at what is bad and broken and seek to uproot it. — Yuval Levin

A government cannot be wrong in punishing fraud or force, but it is almost certain to be wrong if, abandoning its legitimate function, it tells private individuals that it knows their business better than they know it themselves. —Thomas Babington Macaulay

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. ―Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind. —Thomas Sowell

If the entire universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning, just as if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. —C. S. Lewis

Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had. —Michael Crichton

A rising economic tide is bad for people who live off of the poverty of others. —Jonah Goldberg

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. —Winston Churchill

Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants. ―Alexander Hamilton

The government can back up its tastes and beliefs with the police power. That is why it cannot be permitted tastes and beliefs. Most emphatically, it cannot be permitted to define one group as being privileged over another group of people. It was wrong in the days of Jim Crow; it is wrong in the days of affirmative action. —Charles Murray

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. —Upton Sinclair

There’s never been a communist regime that didn’t have to build a fence, staff it with guards with guns and permissive ROEs, and set up a vast system of snitches and informers in order to keep its population under control. —Moe Lane

Golf, like the measles, should be caught young, for, if postponed to riper years, the results may be serious. —P. G. Wodehouse

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And then try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. —Ron White

Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. —Frédéric Bastiat

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. —Mark Twain

It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity. —Dave Barry

There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide. —Ayn Rand

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her. —Agatha Christie

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink. —George Orwell

The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites. —Thomas Sowell

Economic planning is nothing more than the forcible superseding of other people’s plans by the powerful elite backed up by the brute force of government. —Walter Williams

Life is a gift. Prayer is a thank you note. —Noah benShea

The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. ―Alexander Solzhenitsyn

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. —Thomas Jefferson

People who hate cats will come back as mice in their next life. —Faith Resnick

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see how much it costs when it’s free. —P. J. O’Rourke

A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. —Samuel Adams

At the end of a miserable day, instead of grieving my virtual nothing, I can always look at my loaded wastepaper basket and tell myself that if I failed, at least I took a few trees down with me. —David Sedaris

Every election is a sort of advance auction of stolen goods. —H. L. Mencken

A feminist is someone who thinks women are stupid enough to do the same work for 23% less pay. —Mike Adams

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father. ―G. K. Chesterton

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. —Alexis de Tocqueville

Because many of us make mistakes that can have bad consequences, some intellectuals believe that it is the role of government to intervene and make some of our decisions for us. From what galaxy government is going to hire creatures who do not make mistakes is a question they leave unanswered. —Thomas Sowell

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy. ―Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. —Winston Churchill

Our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door we have always seen from the outside, is not mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation. ―C. S. Lewis

The reason feminists think men are stupid is because no smart man would ever talk to a feminist. ―Robert Stacy McCain

I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me. —Noel Coward

When we lack the will to see things as they really are, there is nothing so mystifying as the obvious. —Irving Kristol

Participating in a gun buyback program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids. ―Clint Eastwood

You cannot legislate away reality. —Kevin D. Williamson

Much of the appeal of feminism is that it encourages women to do what they always felt like doing anyway: take everything personally. But to succeed at the highest level, you need some objectivity, which feminism hates. Feminists see objective reality as a conspiracy out to make them feel bad about themselves. —Steve Sailer

Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor. —Robert Heinlein

Intellectuals give people who have the handicap of poverty the further handicap of a sense of victimhood. ―Thomas Sowell 

The best things in life aren’t things. —Art Buchwald

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