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"it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American,"
 
                   Theodore Roosevelt

 
Alexander Hamilton

Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!
Thomas A. Edison

 
Thomas Jefferson

The true test of a person’s belief in the First Amendment is his willingness to fight and defend the free speech rights of those with whom he disagrees.

But if we are to be told by a foreign Power...what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.
George Washington

After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers.
George W. Bush

"Statesmen my dear Sir, 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 great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty."
 
John Adams

 
Benjamin Franklin

"Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country."
George Washington

"Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public happiness."
 
George Washington

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
Thomas Jefferson

 
John Quincy Adams

As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.
James Madison

He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections.
Samuel Adams

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
Theodore Roosevelt

"Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."
Thomas Paine

 
Sir Francis Bacon

From this day forward, the millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder.
Louis L'Amour

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
Alexander Hamilton

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

We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation.
William O. Douglas

When we, through our educational culture, through the media, through the entertainment culture, give our children the impression that human beings cannot control their passions, we are telling them, in effect, that human beings cannot be trusted with freedom.
Alan Keyes

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
Dick Cheney

Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
Miguel de Cervantes

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
Aristotle


Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.
Mel Brooks

Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
Calvin Coolidge

Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.
Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
John Quincy Adams

Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

In all thy undertakings, let a reasonable assurance animate thy endeavors; if thou despairest of success, thou shalt not succeed.
Akhenaton

I've always tried to do my best on the ball field. I can't do any more than that. I always try to give one hundred percent; and if my team loses, I come back and give one hundred percent the next day.
Jesse Barfield

He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
Aesop

To be free from evil thoughts is God's best gift.
Aeschylus

War is fear cloaked in courage.
William C. Westmoreland

Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they "own" their bodies - those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!
C. S. Lewis

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

A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
Tacitus

To avoid the necessity of a permanent debt and its inevitable consequences, I have advocated and endeavored to carry into effect the policy of confining the appropriations for the public service to such objects only as are clearly with the constitutional authority of the Federal Government.
Martin Van Buren

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
Demosthenes

It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.
J. R. R. Tolkien

 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret--it only causes harm.
Psalms 37:8

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
C. S. Lewis

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger.
Andrew Jackson


The appearance of right oft leads us wrong.
Horace

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
Napoleon Bonaparte

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!
Ronald Reagan

Double, no triple, our troubles and we'd still be better off than any other people on earth. It is time that we recognized that ours was, in truth, a noble cause.
Ronald Reagan

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.

"... [T]hough individual oppression may now and then proceed from the courts of justice, the general liberty of the people can never be endangered from that quarter...."
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.
George Washington

Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.
George Bancroft

Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God's eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when he catches us, as it were, off our guard.
C. S. Lewis

We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.
Sir Winston Churchill

The price of greatness is responsibility.
Sir Winston Churchill

Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.

There is a demand in these days for men who can make wrong appear right.
Terence

Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth.
Cato the Elder

Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
William Shakespeare

Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Admonish thy friends in secret, praise them openly.
Publilius Syrus

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
John Quincy Adams

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
John F. Kennedy

The surest way to lose democracy is to take it for granted.  Every citizen must contribute to its advancement in some way. No nation or culature can long survive the absence of transcent values and absolutes
Carl E.H. Henry

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.
L. Frank Baum

You should examine yourself daily. If you find faults, you should correct them. When you find none, you should try even harder.
Xi Zhi

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
Harry S. Truman

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Henry Ford

For it would have been better that man should have been born dumb, nay, void of all reason, rather than that he should employ the gifts of Providence to the destruction of his neighbor.
Marcus Fabius Quintilian

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Francis Bacon

If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We make war that we may live in peace.
Aristotle

Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Abraham Lincoln

     The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Politics

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)

Politics [is] the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.
Barry Goldwater

Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
Abraham Lincoln

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
J. R. R. Tolkien

Politics and war are remarkably similar situations.
Newt Gingrich

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.
Alexander Hamilton

Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.
Gen Douglas MacArthur

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
Abraham Lincoln

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Robert A. Heinlein

One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.
Sir Winston Churchill

All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.
Benjamin Franklin

A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
Richard M. Nixon

We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.
William Howard Taft

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
John Adams

No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent.
John Jay

Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

Remember this: the truly great leader overcomes all difficulties and campaigns and battles are nothing but a long series of difficulties to be overcome. The lack of equipment, the lack of food, the lack of this or that are only excuses: the real leader displays his quality in his triumphs over adversity, however great it may be.
Gen George C. Marshall

It was settled by the Constitution, the laws, and the whole practice of the government that the entire executive power is vested in the President of the United States
Andrew Jackson

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert F. Kennedy

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

The education of a man is never completed until he dies.
Robert E. Lee

Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were [the law-abiding] deprived of the use of them.
Thomas Paine

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
Alexander Hamilton

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
Aristotle

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and importance, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
Margaret Thatcher

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardner

We are born to action; and whatever is capable of suggesting and guiding action has power over us from the first.
Rush Limbaugh

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.
Alexander Hamilton

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis

When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour.
George Washington

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
Barry M. Goldwater

While we are guarding the country, we must accept being the guardian of the finest ethics. The country needs it and we must do it.
Gen Creighton W. Abrams, Jr.

Those who own the country ought to govern it.
John Jay

The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.
Theodore Roosevelt

 

Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.
Robert E. Lee

When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won, because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game, the virtue passes out of him.
Charles Horton Cooley

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Daniel Webster

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.
James Madison

Americans never quit.
Gen Douglas MacArthur

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
Thomas Jefferson