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Freedom and Gun Rights Quotes - Part 4
"Free people, remember this: You may acquire liberty, but once lost it is never regained."
"...the people is never corrupted, but it is often deceived..."
"As soon as any man says of the affairs of State, 'What does it matter to me?" the State may be given up as lost."
"In the strict sense of the term, a true democracy has never existed, and will never exist. It is against natural order that the great number should govern and that the few should be governed."
"He who eats in idleness that which he himself has not earned, steals it; and a capitalist whom the state pays for doing nothing differs little in my eyes from a brigand, who lives at the expense of passers-by."
"I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred, to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden."
"Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master."
"To those who had ordered them to death one of them said: 'We die because the people are asleep and you will die because the people will awaken."
"The majority of men... are not capable of thinking, but only of believing, and... are not accessible to reason, but only to authority."
"There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head, if only you begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity."
"Our country, right or wrong! When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right."
"The press of this country is now and always has been so thoroughly dominated by the wealthy few of the country that it cannot be depended upon to give the great mass of the people that correct information concerning political, economical, and social subjects which it is necessary that the mass of people shall have, in order that they shall vote and in all ways act in the best way to protect themselves from the brutal force and the chicanery of the ruling and employing class."
"Freedom can not be bought for nothing. If you hold her precious, you must hold all else of little value."
"Liberty isn't a thing you are given as a present. You can be a free man under a dictatorship. It is sufficient if you struggle against it."
"Laws can never be enforced unless fear supports them."
"Government is essentially immoral. The State employs evil weapons to subjugate evil, and is alike contaminated by the objects with which it deals, and the means by which it works."
"The freest form of government is only the least objectionable form. The rule of the many by the few we call tyranny: the rule of the few by the many is tyranny also; only of a less intense kind."
"If every man has freedom to do all that he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man, then he is free to drop connection with the state --to relinquish its protection, and to refuse paying toward its support."
"So long as selfishness makes government needful at all, it must make every government corrupt, save one in which all men are represented."
"The most tyrannical of governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts."
"All restraints upon man's natural liberty, not necessary for the simple maintenance of justice, are of the nature of slavery, and differ from each other only in degree."
"All governments, the worst on earth and the most tyrannical on earth, are free governments to that portion of the people who voluntarily support them."
"Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."
"I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, and security--out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism, in which rebellion against the world as it is, and myself as I am, are submerged in listless self-satisfaction."
"A dying people tolerates the present, rejects the future, and finds its satisfactions in past greatness and half-remembered glory."
"The State calls its own violence, law; but that of the individual, crime."
"A man's judgment cannot be better than the information on which he has based it...[G]ive him no news or present him only with distorted and incomplete data, with ignorant, sloppy or biased reporting, with propaganda and deliberate falsehoods, and you destroy his whole reasoning process and make him something less than a man."
"If you want war, nourish a doctrine. Doctrines are the most frightful tyrants to which men ever are subject, because doctrines get inside a man's reason and betray him against himself. Civilized men have done their fiercest fighting for doctrines."
"The State, it cannot be too often repeated, does nothing and can give nothing which it does not take from somebody. The Forgotten Man works and votes--generally he prays--but his chief business in life is to pay."
"All warfare is based on deception... There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare..... Hence, to fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
"The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise."
"The more corrupt the State, the more numerous the laws."
"Without freedom of the press, there can be no representative government."
"What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime? Crime is the last resort of political half-wits."
"Dissent ... is a right essential to any concept of the dignity and freedom of the individual; it is essential to the search for truth in a world wherein no authority is infallible."
"I heartily accept the motto, 'That government is best which governs least'; ... Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe-- 'That government is best which governs not at all'; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government they will have."
"I think we should be men first, and subjects afterwards. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right."
"There will never be a free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly."
"War is an evil thing; but to submit to the dictation of other states is worse.... Freedom, if we hold fast to it, will ultimately restore our losses, but submission will mean permanent loss of all that we value.... To you who call yourselves men of peace, I say: You are not safe unless you have men of action on your side."
"The Revolution of the United States was the result of a mature and reflecting preference for freedom, not of a vague or ill-defined craving for independence. It did not contract an alliance with the turbulent passions of anarchy, but its course was marked, on the contrary, by a love of order and law."
"Than politics the American citizen knows no higher profession--for it is the most lucrative."
"What I find most repulsive in America is not the extreme freedom reigning there, but the shortage of guarantees against tyranny...... It may, however, be foreseen even now, that when the Americans lose their republican institutions, they will speedily arrive at a despotic Government, without a long interval of limited monarchy."
"If ever the free institutions of America are destroyed, that event may be attributed to the unlimited authority of the majority, which may at some future time urge the minorities to desperation, and oblige them to have recourse to physical force. Anarchy will then result, but it will have been brought about by despotism."
"Among democratic nations, each new generation is a new people."
"Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."
"In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own."
"The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave."
"All men's instincts, all their impulses in life, are efforts to increase their freedom. Wealth and poverty, health and disease, culture and ignorance, labor and leisure, repletion and hunger, virtue and vice, are all terms for greater or less degree of freedom."
"Physical violence is the basis of authority."
"Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us."
"Where there is a man who does not labor because another is compelled to work for him, there slavery is."
"Slavery results from laws, laws are made by governments, and, therefore people can only be freed from slavery by the abolition of governments.... And it is time for people to understand that governments not only are not necessary, but are harmful and most highly immoral institutions, in which a self-respecting, honest man cannot and must not take part."
"Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless."
"Terror, as the demonstration of the will and strength of the working class, is historically justified, precisely because the proletariat was able thereby to break the political will of the intelligentsia, pacify the professional man of various categories and work, and gradually subordinate them to its own aims within the field of their specialties."
"Every successful revolution puts on in time the robe of the tyrant it has deposed."
"Anarchism may be described as the doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by individuals or voluntary associations, and that the State should be abolished..... Nor does the Anarchistic scheme furnish any code of morals to be imposed upon the individual. 'Mind your own business" is its own moral law. Interference with another's business is a crime and the only crime, and as such may properly be resisted."
"In conformity with the interests of the working people, and in order to strengthen the socialist system, the citizens of the U.S.S.R. are guaranteed by law: (a) Freedom of Speech; (b) Freedom of the Press; (c) Freedom of assembly, including the holding of mass meetings; (d) Freedom of street processions and demonstrations."
"There is nothing that fear or hope does not make men believe."
"Servitude degrades people to such a point that they come to like it."
"Qui desiderat pacem, preparet bellum. Who desires peace should prepare for war."
"He who lives in fear will never, in my judgment, be a free man."
"In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens and to give it to the other."
"All political ideas cannot and should not be channeled into the programs of our two major parties. History has amply proved the virtue of political activity by minority, dissident groups, who innumerable times have been the vanguard of democratic thought and whose programs were ultimately accepted."
"Liberty, then, is the sovereignty of the individual, and never shall man know liberty until each and every individual is acknowledged to be the only legitimate sovereign of his or her person, time, and property, each living and acting at his own cost; and not until we live in a society where each can exercise his right of sovereignty at all times without clashing with or violating that of others."
"It is a maxim founded on the universal experience of mankind that no nation is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its interest."
"In the nature of things, those who have no property and see their neighbors possess much more than they think them to need, cannot be favorable to laws made for the protection of property. When this class becomes numerous, it becomes clamorous. It looks on property as its prey and plunder, and is naturally ready, at times, for violence and revolution."
"Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half the people are right more than half of the time."
"To the States or any one of them, or any city of the States: Resist much, obey little. Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved, ... no nation, state, city, on this earth ever afterward assumes its liberty."
"All great ideas are dangerous."
"The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture and contemplation become almost impossible.... On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends."
"In America the president reigns for four years, and journalism governs for ever and ever."
"In times of disorder and stress, the fanatics play a prominent role; in times of peace, the critics. Both are shot after the revolution."
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