Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Quote XXIX

“Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us.” -- Benjamin Rush, American Founding Father.

Friday, December 19, 2008


"But remember, when the people once part with power, they can seldom or never resume it but by force. Many instances can be produced in which the people have voluntarily increased the powers of their rulers; but few, if any, in which rulers have willingly abridged their authority. This is a sufficient reason to induce you to be careful, in the first instance, how you deposit the powers of government."
-Robert Yates, "Essays of Brutus," printed in the New York Journal, October 1787 - April 1788.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


"I never doubted, for instance, the existence of the Deity; that He made the world, and governed it by His providence; that the most acceptable service of God was the doing good to man; that our souls are immortal; and that all crime will be punished, and virtue rewarded, either here or hereafter." -- Benjamin Franklin.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Quote #XXVI

Now come, let us praise the God of the universe,
who everywhere works great wonders,
who from your birth raises us up
and deals with us in mercy.
May he grant us a joyful heart,
and in our days sent Israel lasting peace.
May he confirm his mercy towards us,
and in his own good time grant us deliverance.
--Sirach 50:22-24 (Revised English Bible).

Monday, November 24, 2008

Quote #XXV

"Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security." -- Edmund Burke

Monday, October 6, 2008

Quote No. XXIV

"You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it." -- Malcolm X

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.

-Andrew Johnson (1808-1875)

Quote XXII

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.

-Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Quote No. XXI

"The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defence of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day." -- Joseph Story, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1828).

Quote No. XX

"Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped." -- President Calvin Coolidge

Quote No. XIX

"If then our common life in Christ yields anything to stir the heart, any loving consolation, any sharing of the Spirit, any warmth of affection or compassoin, fill up my cup of happiness by thinking and feeling alike, with the same love for one another, the same turn of mind, and a common care for unity. Rivalry and personal vanity should have no place among you, but you should humbly reckon others better than yourself. You must look to each other's interest and not merely to your own." -- St. Paul, Philippians 2:1-4 (New English Bible).

Monday, September 15, 2008

Quote No. XVIII

I die the king's faithful servant, but God's first!

-Saint Thomas More

Quote No. XVII

One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.

-Saint Thomas More

Quote No. XVI

"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will." -- Frederick Douglass

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Quote No. XV

"We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free." -- Epictetus

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Quote No. XIV

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.

-Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Quote No. XIII

Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: love therefore is the fulfilment of the law.
-- St. Paul the Apostle, Romans 13:8-10 (American Standard Version)

Quote No. XII

I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast.

Gen. William T. Sherman (1820-1891)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Quote No. XI

On the 2008 election:

The biggest difference, as I see it, between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama -
One of them is little more than an elegant, attractive, dare I say sexy piece of eye candy.
The other one kills her own food.

Jim Treacher

Monday, September 1, 2008

Quote No. X

"civilization is confronted with militant Mahommedanism. The forces of progress clash with those of reaction. The religion of blood and war is face to face with that of peace. Luckily the religion of peace is usually the better armed."

Winston Churchill, The Story of the Malakand Field Force

Quote No. IX

The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and who directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing.
-Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Quote No. VIII

"A man's got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job."
--John Wayne

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Quote VII

"But as men are prone to estimate sins, not by reference to their inherent sinfulness, but rather by reference to their own customs, it frequently happens that a man will think nothing blameable except what the men of his own country and time are accustomed to condemn, and nothing worthy of praise or approval except what is sanctioned by the custom of his companions; and thus it comes to pass, that if Scripture either enjoins what is opposed to the customs of the hearers, or condemns what is not so opposed, and if at the same time the authority of the word has a hold upon their minds, they think that the expression is figurative."
--St. Augustine, On Christian Doctrine, part 7.

Quote No. VI

The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism.... It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.

-George Washington (1732-1799)

Quote No. V

Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.

-G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Quote No. IV

I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.

-Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Quote No. III

Not by force of arms are civilizations held together, but by subtle threads of moral and intellectual principle.

-Russel Kirk (1918-1994)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Quote No. II

God is not on the side of any nation, yet we know He is on the side of justice. Our finest moments [as a nation] have come when we faithfully served the cause of justice for our own citizens, and for the people of other lands.

-George Walker Bush (1946-)

Quote No. I

I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.

-John Adams (1735-1826)

St. Augustine (by Sandro Botticelli)

St. Ignatius Loyola (by Francisco Zurbaran)

Benjamin Rush (by Charles Willson Peale)

Patrick Henry at the Virginia House of Burgesses (by Henry Rothermel)

Edmund Burke (by Sir Joshua Reynolds)

Samuel Adams (by John Singleton Copley)

Alexander Hamilton (by John Trumbull)