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Words Archive

  •  Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. — Ronald Reagan
  •  But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government. — Andrew Jackson
  • The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. — Thomas Jefferson
  • I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. — James Madison
  • In a country whose sole employer is the State, opposition means death by slow starvation. The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced by a new one: who does not obey shall not eat. — Leon Trotsky (1937)
  • Ask five economists and you’ll get five different answers, six if one went to Harvard. — Edgar Fiedler
  • Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. — Nadia Boulanger
  • History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. — Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people.  It’s not good at much else. — Tom Clancy on Kudlow and Cramer
  • Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. — Winston Churchill
  • 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
  • The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes. — Thomas Paine
  • To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth. — Teddy Roosevelt
  • “Fair” is in the eye of the beholder; free is the verdict of the market. The word “free” is used three times in the Declaration of Independence and once in the First Amendment to the Constitution, along with “freedom.” The word “fair” is not used in either of our founding documents. — Milton Friedman
  • 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
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One Response to “Words Archive”

  1. PT said

    Our new president told Republicans lawmakers on Friday, ” I won. I’m the president.”

    I think we need to heed Nadia Boulanger’s comment and work to limit govenmental power.

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