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Quotes

For Anyone Who Loves Freedom:

James Madison

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this Land it will be in the Guise of Fighting a Foreign Enemy.”

“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

“Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.”

“Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”

“We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.”

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations… the means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.”

“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.”

John Adams

“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”

“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.”

“Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.”

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

“Power always thinks… that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”

“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. ”

“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.”

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The recent statements of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart, and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” And that time has come for us in relation to Vietnam. The truth of these words is beyond doubt, but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war.”
—Delivered 4 April 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City

“There are those who are seeking to equate dissent with disloyalty. It’s a dog day in our nation when high-level authorities will seek to use every method to silence dissent. Something is happening and people are not going to be silenced. The truth must be told.”
—Excerpts of a Sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967

“All we say to America, is be true to what you said on paper. If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges because they haven’t committed themselves to that over there, but somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for rights. So just as I say we aren’t going to let any dogs or water hoses turn us around, we aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around.”
—1968 ‘Mountain Top’ speech

Thomas Jefferson

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

“Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.”

“Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.”

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

“Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.” 1st Inaugural, 1801. ME 3:320

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

“I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.”

“The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

“We are overdone with banking institutions, which have banished the precious metals, and substituted a more fluctuating and unsafe medium. . . These have withdrawn capital from useful improvements and employments to nourish idleness. . . [These] are evils more easily to be deplored than remedied.”

“This fictitious capital . . . is now to be lost, and to fall on somebody; it [the bank] must take on those who have property to meet it, and probably on the less cautious part, who, not aware of the impending catastrophe, have suffered themselves to contract, or to be in debt, and must now sacrifice their property of a value many times the amount of the debt. We have been truly sowing the wind, and are now reaping the whirlwind.”

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs. ”

“Never was so much false arithmetic employed on any subject as that which has been employed to persuade nations that it is their interest to go to war. Were the money which it has cost to gain, at the close of a long war, a little town or a little territory, the right to cut wood here or to catch fish, (or drill oil) there, expended in improving what they already possess, in making roads, opening rivers, building ports, improving the arts and finding employment for their idle poor, it would render them much stronger, much wealthier and happier. This I hope will be our wisdom.” — Notes on Virginia Q.XXII, 1782

“Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests. In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves. Call them, therefore, Liberals and Serviles, Jacobins and Ultras, Whigs and Tories, Republicans and Federalists, Aristocrats and Democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same parties still and pursue the same object. The last one of Aristocrats and Democrats is the true one expressing the essence of all.” ~ Thomas Jefferson to Henry Lee, 1824. ME 16:73

George Washington

“We should avoid. . . the depreciation of our currency; but I conceive this end would be answered, as far as might be necessary, by stipulating that all money payments should be made in gold and silver, being the common medium of commerce among nations.”

“Paper money has had the effect in your State [Rhode Island] that it ever will have, to ruin commerce–oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.”

“It is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world.”

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”

“Over grown military establishments are, under any form of government, inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.”

“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.”

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

“The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.”

“The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.”

“War – An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will.”

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.”

Mohandas Ghandi

“An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so. ”

“For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.”

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

“It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one’s belly, in order to be able to save one’s head.”

“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.”

“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.”

“The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.”

“Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.”

“To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.”

“Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.”

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

“Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.”

“I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.”

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

“A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.”

“I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.”

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

Andrew Jackson

In discussing the Bank Renewal bill with a delegation of bankers in 1832, Jackson said, “Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time, and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out.”

Alexander Hamilton

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased.”

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.”
– Benjamin Franklin, 1759

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

“The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.”

“The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.”

“In the end, the state of the Union comes down to the character of the people. … I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, and it was not there. I sought for it in the fertile fields, and boundless prairies, and it was not there. I sought it in her rich mines, and vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”

-Alexis de Tocqueville

“And so long as they were at war, their power was preserved, but when they had attained empire they fell, for of the arts of peace they knew nothing, and had never engaged in any employment higher than war.”
— Aristotle, Politics

Norman Vincent Peale

“There was a time when the American people roared like lions for liberty, now they bleat like sheep for security. The solution for America’s problem is not in terms of big government, but it is in big men over whom nobody stands in control but God.

Ron Paul

“We can achieve much more in peace than we can ever achieve in these needless, unconstitutional, undeclared wars.”

“Don’t we know if we sacrifice security for liberty we lose both, that’s what is happening in this country today!”

“If you look at every problem we’re facing today its because for the lack of rule of law and the constitution.”

“We live way beyond our means, with a foreign policy we can’t afford and an entitlement system that we have encouraged.”

“NO! I’m saying that we should take our marching orders from our Constitution!”

“…[the neo-cons] said we’d be in-and-out in 3 months, it’d be ducksoup, and it wouldn’t cost a thing because the oil would pay for it.”

“When we make a mistake, it is up to the people through their representatives to correct the mistake, not continue the mistake.”

“We stood up to the Soviets when they had 40,000 nuclear weapons, and now we’re fretting about third-world countries with no Army, Navy, or Air Force, and we’re getting ready to go to war.”

“I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom, limited government, and minding our own business overseas.”

“The freedom message unites us all, it does not divide us.”

“Truth is Treason in the Empire of Lies”

“Terrorism is a tactic. You can’t have a war on a tactic”

“Freedom Is Popular!”

“Aggressive wars, income taxes, national IDs, domestic spying, torture regimes, secret prisons, Federal Reserve manipulation — we don’t have to take it any more.” — Ron Paul, Sept 27, 2007

On foreign policy:
“If we think we can do what we want around the world and not incite hatred then we have a problem. . .”

On Romney consulting lawyers for war:
“This idea of consulting lawyers absolutely baffles me– Why don’t we open the constitution and read it! You’re not allowed to go to war without a declaration!”

On the Iraq war:
“We just marched in, we can just march out.”

“How many more have to die so we can save face?”

“Let me see if I get this right. We need to borrow $10 billion from China, and then we give it to Musharraf, who is a military dictator, who overthrew an elected government. And then we go to war, we lose all these lives promoting democracy in Iraq. I mean, what’s going on here?”

“(Better) to be confused in the search for truth than fully confident and sound asleep in a dream of lies.” ~ Michael Nystrom

4 Responses

  1. God bless America…and give her true patriots the strength to continue fighting the good fight for LIBERTY and FREEDOM!!

    Go Ron Paul!!

  2. Religious or not, political or not, liberty is about life. A life of freedom is something that we should all agree on, yet the divisions created by parties and those that believe that they are ‘part of’ anything other than this country as a whole, prevent most from ever being able to see past the immediate and take back what is theirs. Great page, thank you!

    Peace.

  3. Very true. What’s more American than liberty? I guess many modern Americans might place a higher priority on material things or state-run socialistic programs that in actuality limit freedom, but at it’s core America is supposed to be the epitome of freedom. Freedom is ours for the taking if we want it bad enough. Thanks Sean. Peace to you as well.

  4. “All men were made brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who was born free should be contented when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.”

    — Chief Joseph

    “There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.”

    — Black Elk

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