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Important Quotes

  • I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. -Thomas Jefferson
  • Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici
  • Nosce Te Ipsum
  • Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. – Plato
  • Democracy passes into despotism. -Plato
  • For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions. -Plato
  • Your silence gives consent.  -Plato
  • Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns. -Plato
  • Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. -Plato
  • Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. -Plato
  • Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men. -Plato
  • The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. -Plato
  • When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. -Plato
  • “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”- Mahatma Gandhi
  • Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. -Thomas Jefferson
  • The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. -Thomas Jefferson
  • When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. -Thomas Jefferson
  • When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. -Thomas Jefferson
  • 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. -Thomas Jefferson
  • Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.-Thomas Jefferson
  •  All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. -Thomas Jefferson
  •  History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is. -Thomas Jefferson
  • I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. -Thomas Jefferson
  • Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. -Woodrow Wilson The New Freedom: A Call for the Emancipation of the Generous Energies of a People
  • First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
  • The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. -James Madison
  • They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin
  • Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.- George Washington
  • Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master! -Thomas Jefferson
  • “But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.” — Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837
  • “The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.” — Thomas Paine
  • “In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” — Mark Twain
  • “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson
  • “Live free or die.” — Gen. John Stark, the hero of the battles of Bennington and Bunker Hill. Now the motto of the state of New Hampshire
  • “O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!” — Thomas Paine, Common Sense
  • “Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.” — Julius Caesar
  • Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will pledge with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government. – Henry Kissinger
  • Millionaires dont use astrology… the billionaires do. – J. P. Morgan
  • “For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.” -David Rockefeller (Memoirs, Chapter 27)
  • “Do not conquer the world with force, for force only causes resistance.” -Tao Te Ching
  • “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” – Albert Einstein
  • “I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.” -Johann Kepler
 

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