- How we burned in the prison camps later thinking: What would things have been like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive?" Alexander Solzhenitzyn, Gulag Archipelago
- Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater
- The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
Tacitus (A.D. 55?-130?)
- "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776.
- "If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
- “Generally, he who occupies the field of battle first and awaits his enemy is at ease; he who comes later to the scene and rushes into the fight is weary.
And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him.”
Sun Tzu -The Art of War-
- “I didn’t say it would be easy, Neo, I just said it would be the truth.”
Morpheus in “The Matrix”
- “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people’s minds.”
- “Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily lives, and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”
John F. Kennedy
- "One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our fathers used in the great struggle for Independence." Charles A. Beard
- "Fear of death will not prevent dying, but it may prevent living." Anonymous
- "In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man and brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
- "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do I should do and, with the help of God, I will do." Everett Hale
- "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in the crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; 'tis dearness only that gives everything it's value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on it's goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated." Thomas Paine
- "It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Patrick Henry
- Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy
- "Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any public official, save exactly to the degree he himself stands by the country."
- Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
George Bernard Shaw
- Man is free, but not if he does not believe it.
Giacamo Girlamo Cassanova de Seingalt
- We must all hang together, or, assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
- We've got the best government money can buy.
- Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism it's just the opposite.
John Kenneth Galbraith
- No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
- Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
- When government takes responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.
- People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they never use.
- New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
John Locke (1632-1704)
- Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself.
- Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.
Herbert Hoover, 1944
- The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That -- with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word success -- is our national disease.
William James (1842-1910)
- There is no conflict between liberty and safety. We will have both or neither.
- The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
- Where ever PUBLIC spirit prevails, liberty is secure.
Noah Webster (1758-1843)
- There are not enough jails, not enough policemen,not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.
Hubert H. Humphrey