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Freedom and Gun Rights Quotes - Part 3
"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone."
"The man whom God wills to stay in the struggle of life, He first individualizes."
"What's a man's first duty? The answer is brief: to be himself."
"One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, 'I have it,' merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it."
"A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing."
"I am one of those who do not believe that a national debt is a national blessing, but rather a curse to a republic; inasmuch as it is calculated to raise around the administration a moneyed aristocracy dangerous to the liberties of the country."
"All politics are based on the indifference of the majority."
"Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only a unanimity of the graveyard."
"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?"
"If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live."
"Revolution is what societies do instead of committing suicide, when the alternatives are exhausted and all the connections that bind men's lives to familiar patterns are cut. To be a revolutionary is to love your life enough to change it, to choose struggle instead of exile, to risk everything with only the glimmering hope of a world to win."
"Freedom of the press, freedom of association, the inviolability of domicile, and all the rest of the rights of man are respected so long as no one tries to use them against the privileged class. On the day they are launched against the privileged they are thrown overboard."
"A wise man neither suffers himself to be governed, nor attempts to govern others."
"Let no man think that we can deny civil liberty to others and retain it for ourselves... When zealous agents of the Government arrest suspected radicals without warrant, hold them without prompt trial, deny them access to counsel and admission of bail.... we have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity as a shield to every American citizen."
"Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people."
"All the civilizations we know have been created and directed by small intellectual aristocracies, never by people in the mass. The power of crowds is only to destroy."
"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."
"Give me the children until they are seven, and anyone may have them afterwards."
"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right -- a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government, may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own, of so much of the territory as they inhabit."
"If Fascism comes to America it would be on a program of Americanism."
"The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous."
"It is necessary that the prince should know how to color his nature well, and how to be a hypocrite and dissembler. For men are so simple, and yield so much to immediate necessity, that the deceiver will never lack dupes."
"Inequality is the inevitable consequence of liberty."
"It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part."
"If there be a principle that ought not to be questioned within the United States, it is that every man has a right to abolish an old government and establish a new one. This principle is not only recorded in every public archive, written in every American heart, and sealed with the blood of a host of American martyrs, but is the only lawful tenure by which the United States hold their existence as a nation."
"Many people are afraid of freedom. They are conditioned to be afraid of it."
"That the power to tax involves the power to destroy; that the power to destroy may defeat and render useless the power to create; .... are propositions not to be denied."
"That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the People; that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amenable to them."
"What does democracy come down to? The persuasive power of slogans invented by wily self-seeking politicians."
"Through the history of the world there have always been exploiters and exploited. There always will be... because the great mass of men are made by nature to be slaves, they are unfit to control themselves, and for their own good, need masters."
"A dictator... must fool all the people all the time and there's only one way to do that, he must also fool himself."
"Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance."
"Deeds of violence in our society are performed largely by those trying to establish their self-esteem, to defend their self-image, and to demonstrate that they, too, are significant... Violence arises not out of superfluity of power, but out of powerlessness."
"Give light and the People will find their own way."
"For the crowd, the incredible has sometimes more power and is more credible than Truth."
"The fact is that liberty, in any true sense, is a concept that lies quite beyond the reach of the inferior man's mind. He can imagine and even esteem, in his way, certain false forms of liberty--for example, the right to choose between two political mountebanks...--but the reality is incomprehensible to him. And no wonder, for genuine liberty demands of its votaries a quality he lacks completely, and that is courage. the man who loves it must be willing to fight for it.... More, he must be able to endure it --an even more arduous business."
"Government, in its very essence, is opposed to all increase in knowledge. Its tendency is always toward permanence and against change... [T]he progress of humanity, far from being the result of government, has been made entirely without its aid and in the face of its constant and bitter opposition."
"We didn't inherit the Earth from our parents. We're borrowing it from our children."
"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
"Men might as well be imprisoned, as excluded from the means of earning their bread."
"Whatever crushes individuality is despotism."
"I am not aware that any community has a right to force another to be civilized."
"The object of this Essay is to assert one very simple principle,... that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. that the only purpose for which power can be rightly exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others."
"The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign."
"The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it."
"Give me liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to my conscience, above all liberties."
"How many things which served us yesterday as articles of faith, are fables for us today."
"The laws keep up their credit, not by being just, but because they are laws; 'tis the mystic foundation of their authority; they have no other, and it well answers their purpose. They are often made by fools; still oftener by men who, out of hatred to equality, fail in equity; but always by men, vain and irresolute authors."
"The most desirable laws are those that are rarest, simplest, and most general; and I even think that it would be better to have none at all than to have them in such numbers as we have."
"In republican governments, men are all equal; equal they are also in despotic governments; in the former, because they are everything; in the latter, because they are nothing."
"You have not converted a man, because you have silenced him."
"Give the vote to the people who have no property, and they will sell them to the rich, who will be able to buy them."
"Art. 10. Right of Revolution: Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the whole community and not for the interests or emoluments of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to, reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind."
"We prefer self-government with danger, to servitude with tranquillity."
"You cannot put a rope around the neck of an idea; you cannot put an idea up against the barrack-square wall and riddle it with bullets; you cannot confine it in the strongest prison cell your slaves could ever build."
"War is Peace."
"Take hope from the heart of man, and you have left a beast of prey."
"Time makes more converts than reason."
"When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary."
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
"When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime."
"Revolution is the only thing, the only power, that ever worked out freedom for any people. The powers that have ruled long and learned to love ruling, will never give up that prerogative until they must, till they see the certainty of overthrow and destruction if they do not. To plant--to revolutionize--these are the twin stars that have ruled our pathway. What have we then to dread in the word Revolution--we, the children of rebels!"
"The best state is that in which bad men are not allowed to hold office, and good men are not allowed to refuse office."
"A tyrant... is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader."
"To be governed is to have every opinion, every transaction, every movement noted, registered, counted, rated, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, refused, authorized, endorsed, admonished, prevented, reformed, redressed, corrected."
"One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted."
"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."
"Remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
"The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property....
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