Quotations


"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. 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."
--Thomas Jefferson
found to be false, 05/04/2014. See Strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms (Quotation)

On the other hand...

No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms within his own lands.
--Thomas Jefferson, Draft Constitution for Virginia (June 1776) This quote often appears with the parenthetical omitted and with the spurious extension, "The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government". (See Jefferson Encyclopedia).

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.
--Thomas Jefferson, WRITINGS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON 341 (Andrew A. Lipscomb ed., 1903). Letter to his nephew.

One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
--Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Washington, 1796. (The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Lipscomb and Bergh, editors, 20 Vols., Washington, D.C., 1903-04, 9:341.

The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, … or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.
--Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Major John Cartwright (5 June 1824)
"Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%."
--not Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson Foundation
I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
--Galileo Galilei
Its failings notwithstanding, there is much to be said in favor of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
-- Oscar Wilde
Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth but supreme beauty -- a beauty cold and austere, like that of a sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trapping of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
Bertrand Russell
-- Bertrand Russell
The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency.
-- Albert Einstein
We trained hard...but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
-- Not Petronius Arbiter, 210 BC

Police can't be everywhere, and as incidents from Columbine to Virginia Tech demonstrate, by the time they show up at a mass shooting, it's usually too late. On the other hand, one group of people is, by definition, always on the scene: the victims. Only if they're armed, they may wind up not being victims at all.
-- Glenn Reynolds
Gentlemen, I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.
-- Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention
It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Carl Sagan
(Too bad his idea of "the universe as it really is" was a universe without God. He knows better now.)
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K. Dick
(While actually a true statement, this seems like a poke at those who believe in something beyond what the eye can see. Another example of humanist reasoning that asserts that our senses and our rational thinking will be able to find out everything there is - there is nothing beyond or outside our ability to know. Seems rather arrogant to me.)

"The door of God's mercy is thrown wide open, and Christ stands in the door and says to sinners 'Come.'"
--Johnathan Edwards, from his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."
"Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error in judgment."
--Philip K. Dick
If you don't believe in the innate unreasonableness of human beings, just try raising children.
--Thomas Sowell
When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.
--Thomas Sowell
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
--Abraham Lincoln
found at Abraham Lincoln Quotes
not found at Abraham Lincoln online
Maybe the original quote is this:
The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong.
--September 1862 Meditation on the Divine Will
“But if one wants to be primarily a writer, then, in our society, one is an animal that is tolerated but not encouraged—something rather like a house sparrow—and one gets on better if one realizes one’s position from the start.”
--George Orwell, “The Cost of Letters,” 1946
"We ask police to do too much and we ask too little of ourselves,”
--President Obama, at the funeral for the Dallas officers
Time - Read President Obama’s Speech From the Dallas Memorial Service
Historic Documents of 2016
A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.
Virginia Declaration of Rights (12 June 1776).
If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.
--Martin Luther King, Jr. What Is Your Life's Blueprint?
That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.
--George Orwell
The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights
The second job is, now and after the war, to see to it that it shall not happen again. There are many ways to do that and each must select his own—political activity of every sort, writing intended to stir people up, the willingness to combat race hatred, discrimination, limitations of civil liberty, generalized hates of every sort, whenever and wherever they show up.
--Robert Heinlein
These bastards let your brother die
"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."
- The Dalai Lama see Snopes
Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.
--Abraham Lincoln
Selected Quotations by Abraham Lincoln
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
--John Adams
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founders.archives.gov
Only an armed people can be truly free. Only an unarmed people can ever be enslaved.
--Aristotle

...that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed;
--Thomas Jefferson
From Thomas Jefferson to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824
Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Cartwright
“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
--Terry Pratchett
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