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To quote Thomas Jefferson

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 13:46


Most bad government has grown out of too much government.

Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.

 The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

 I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.

I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

 Every citizen should be a soldier.  This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

 The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army.

For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.

 Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.  A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

Sound principles will not justify our taxing the industry of our fellow citizens to accumulate treasure for wars to happen we know not when, and which might not perhaps happen but from the temptations offered by that treasure.

Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations...entangling alliances with none.

We must do our duty and convince the world that we are just friends and brave enemies.

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

The two principles on which our conduct towards the Indians should be founded, are justice and fear.  After the injuries we have done them, they cannot love us.

No defender of slavery,  I concede that it has its benevolent aspects in lifting the Negro from savagery and helping prepare him for that eventual freedom which is surely written in the Book of Fate.

 The rights of human nature are deeply wounded by this infamous practice of slavery.

 The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other.  Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.

 The appointment of a woman to office is an innovation for which the public is not prepared, nor am I.

 The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

 Information is the currency of democracy.

 Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.

 The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements.

 The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

 The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

 It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits than is done by its abandoned prostitution to falsehood.

The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being.

The freedom of the press is on of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by a despotic government.

History has informed us that bodies of men as well as individuals are susceptible of the spirit of tyranny.

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

 Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity.

 Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Take not from the mouth of labor the bread it as earned.

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.

I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know.

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.

The authors of the gospels were unlettered and ignorant men and the teachings of Jesus have come to us mutilated, misstated and unintelligible.

The Christian God is a being of terrific character - cruel, vindictive, capricious, and unjust.

Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.

Religions are all alike -- founded upon fables and mythologies.

The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.

I am for freedom of religion and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.

On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.

 All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor shall any be compelled to frequent or maintain any religious institution.

Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

All the world would be Christian if they were taught the pure Gospel of Christ!

Had the doctrines of Jesus been preached always as pure as they came from his lips, the whole civilized world would now have been Christians.

 Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern, which have come under my observation, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus.

Almighty God hath created the mind free.

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

I am an Epicurean.  I consider the genuine doctrines of Epicurius as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it.

Never spend your money before you have earned it.

Money, not morality, is the principle of commerce and commercial nations.

Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies.

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.

The most valuable of all talents is never using two words when one will do.

The execution of the laws is more important than the making them.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

If Americans ever allow banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless.

Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.

Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.

The best principles of our republic secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights.

The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.

In a republican nation, whose citizens are to be led by reason and persuasion and not by force, the art of reasoning becomes of first importance.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

 A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned.  This is the sum of good government.



To quote Thomas Alva Edison

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 13:12


  Hell, there are no rules here--we're trying to accomplish something.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles.
Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent.  Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.
I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.
Everything comes to him who  hustles while he waits.
The perils of overwork are slight compared with the dangers of inactivity.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.
If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution.  Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence.  Everything that surrounds us - everything that exists - proves that there are infinite laws behind it.  There can be no denying this fact.  It is mathematical in its precision.
Religion is all bunk.
All Bibles are man-made.
I do not believe that any type of religion should ever be introduced into the public schools of the United States.
I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God.
The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.
You can't realize your dreams unless you have one to begin with.
Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.
The best thinking has been done in solitude.  The worst has been done in turmoil.
They say President Wilson has blundered.  Perhaps he has, but I notice he usually blunders forward.
Being busy does not always mean real work.  The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration.  Seeming to do is not doing.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
There is far more opportunity than there is ability.
I never did a day's work in my life.  It was all fun.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Waste is worse than loss.  The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly.  The scope of thrift is limitless.
What you are, will show in what you do.


To quote Benjamin Franklin

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 12:18


 When in doubt, don't.

Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security.

Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power.

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

When you're finished changing, you're finished.

Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.

God helps those who help themselves.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

 Never confuse motion with action. 

The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.

Little strokes fell great oaks.

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

Many have quarreled about religion that never practiced it.

Sin is not hurtful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it is hurtful.

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.

Originality is the art of concealing your sources.

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

There are three great friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.

No nation was ever ruined by trade.

He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.

That it is better that 100 guilty persons should escape than that one innocent person should suffer, is a maxim that has been long and generally approved.

Industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them.

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

Time is money. Dost thou love life?  Then do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.

He that displays too often his wife and his wallet is in danger of having both of them borrowed.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Trickery and treachery are the practices of fools that have not the wits enought to be honest.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

 How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.

Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.

He that speaks much, is much mistaken.

The worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.

Half a truth is often a great lie.

 He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees.

Lost time is never found again.

 Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.

To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girl friends.

Necessity never made a good bargain.

I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.

Humility makes great men twice honorable.

 Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you will be hindered tomorrow.

One today is worth two tomorrow's; never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.

We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop play.

One good husband is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.

It's common for men to give six pretended reasons instead of one real one.

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Remember that credit is money.


To quote Will Rogers over and over and .....

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 11:12
I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.
Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.
No party is as bad as its leaders.
We always want the best man to win an election.  Unfortunately, he never runs.
The best thing about this group of candidates is that only one of them can win.
There ought to be one day-just one-when there is open season on senators.
There's no way in the world you're going to make a political party respectable unless you keep it out of office.
There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.
I don't make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the facts.
Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.
It costs ten times more to govern that it used to, and we are not governed one-tenth as good.
I can remember way back when a liberal was generous with his own money.
The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf.
The crime of taxation is not in the taking it, it's in the way that it's spent.
We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business.
The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.
I think this sales tax is the best tax we have had in years.
For every nation and every individual, the principal worry is debt.
We'll show the world we are prosperous, even if we have to go broke to do it.
I read about eight newspapers in a day. When I'm in a town with only one newspaper, I read it eight times.
If the other fellow sells cheaper than you, it is called dumping.
'Course, if you sell cheaper than him, that's mass production.
If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?
Things will get better-despite our efforts to improve them.
When the Oakies left Oklahoma and moved to California, it raised the I.Q. of both states.
Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
Say as little as possible while appearing to be awake.
Things ain't what they used to be and never were.
Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.
Just because it's common sense, doesn't mean it's common practice.
Even though you are on the right track - you will get run over if you just sit there.
You never know how much a man can't remember until he is called as a witness.
No nation ever had two better friends than we have.  You know who they are?  The Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
I have a scheme for stopping war.   No nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one.


What's Going On Here?

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 10/17/2008 - 09:20


Well, pretty much .... Just Thinking.

The truth is, I've got some time on my hands, so I started wandering around the net in an effort to figure out who is doing what, to whom.

We have all talked about, and marveled at the sheer volume of stuff available "out there".

It goes beyond imagination.

It is however, my strongly held opinion, that much of what's available goes unaccessed, and the small part of that which is accessed, mostly goes unread.

 People are busy.

Probably busier than people have ever been in the history of mankind.

Not many of us have the time to go wandering around out there trying to figure out what to think about stuff.

That's issue #1.

Issue #2 is more insidious.

We all feel the way we feel.

Damn few of us care to think about what we think.

 Feeling is easier, and a lot less time consuming.

Feeling is however, a lot harder on the nervous system.

At least I think it is.

I'm feeling a lot of stress out there. And strain.

Anger and fear are prevalent.

Constructive approaches are in retreat.

As for the blogosphere.

You know as well as I do that much of what's out there amounts to little more than a petulant rant.

So, what's going on here?

Just some stuff to think about.

If I were you, knowing what I know,

I'd start with the quotes.

But it really doesn't matter.

The gears might link to anything, sometimes it'll make sense, sometimes it won't, at least to you.

Occasionally, it doesn't even make sense to me.

I'm Just Thinking.

Try it. You might like it.

Might make you feel better.



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