General quotes:

I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them: For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller considerations, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgement, and to pay more respect to the judgement of others.” Dr. Ben Franklin on the last day of the Constitutional Convention, Sept 17, 1787

“Your children’s children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible.  No, you won’t accept communism outright; but we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find you already have Communism.  We will not have to fight you; We will so weaken your economy until you will fall like overripe fruit into our hands”  “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”  Nikita Khrushchev, September 29, 1959

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers.” Socrates

James Madison predicted the American Republic would fall into monarchy around 1930. FDR was elected in 1932, and his New Deal lit the fuse of unlimited spending.” Rodney Dodsworth

I’ve often said there are three questions that would destroy most of the arguments on the left.

The first is: ‘Compared to what?’

The second is: ‘At what cost?’

And the third is: ‘What hard evidence do you have?’

Now there are very few ideas on the left that can pass all of those…” Thomas Sowell

Although the sovereignty of the states continues to diminish under the growing power of the federal government, the United States, as the name implies, is in fact a collection of individual states, each with its own social and geographic interests. The Electoral College exists to protect those interests.” Gary Abernathy, Columnist for The Washington Post

Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rests the happiness and Liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.” —Joseph Warren (1775)

More whites were brought slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or the 13 colonies from which it was formed. White slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire, decades after blacks were freed in the United States.” Thomas Sowell

Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” James Madison

Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” – Milton Friedman

One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” –Richard Heffner

The right to freedom being the gift of Almighty God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift. –Sam Adams

As long as you live, keep learning how to live.” – Seneca

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” Tacitus, Roman historian, 56-120 AD

Our intelligentsia…misprize economic liberty because…they lack the knowledge or understanding to recognize that when economic liberties are abridged or destroyed, all other liberties are abridged or destroyed with them.” Henry Hazlitt

We need judges to be advocates of progressive laws, not people who will bow To the whims of the Constitution, pitting its extremist values of freedom of speech and freedom of religion against our agenda.” (American) Senator, Elizabeth Warren

The wages of labour are the encouragement of industry, which, like every other human quality, improves in proportion to the encouragement it receives.” —Adam Smith (1776)

It is never so good or never so bad that the existing situation cannot be improved with patience, determination, love, and hard work.” Colonel Gail Halvorsen led the ‘candy bomber’ campaign for kids over Germany during the post-WW II Berlin airlift.

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is life, fight for it.” –Mother Teresa