To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last—but eat you he will.
Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.
Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.
Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things.
They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing is worth dying for, when did this begin..? …Should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots of Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world?
True, lasting peace cannot be secured through
the strength of arms alone. Among free peoples,
the open exchange of ideas ultimately is our greatest security.
In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.
You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream-the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path.
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!
Topics: One liners, Government, Bureaucracy
Every new day begins with possibilities. It’s up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace.
Status quo, you know, that is Latin for the mess we’re in.
I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace
A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion that the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one!
So in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride—the temptation blithely to declare yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, good and evil.
The taxpayer: Someone who works for the government but doesn’t have to take a civil service examination.
We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.
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