"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government."
- Thomas Paine

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"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."- George Washington

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"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."
- Thomas Jefferson (letter to Isaac Tifany, 1819)

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"...We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt...If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds...our people...must come to labor 16 hours in the 24, give the earnings of 15 of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the 16th being insufficient to afford us bread,...We have no time to think, no means of calling the mis-managers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves, to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow sufferers. Our land holders, too...retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs, but held really in trust for the treasury,. . .this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering...And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in it's train, wretchedness and oppression."
- Thomas Jefferson

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"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."- George Bernard Shaw

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"A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, a debt which he proposes to pay off with your money."    - G. Gordon Liddy

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"The States supposed that by their tenth amendment, they had secured themselves against constructive powers."   - Thomas Jefferson

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"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.  Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."- Benjamin Franklin, 1759

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"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." - James Bovard (1994)

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"Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries." - Douglas Casey (1992)

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"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."- P.J. O'Rourke

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"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."     - Thomas Jefferson

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Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.- Frederic Bastiat

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"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving,regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
- Ronald Reagan (1986)

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"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."   - Will Rogers

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"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free."      - P.J. O'Rourke

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If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal.
If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative.
If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate.
If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist.
- Joseph Sobran (1995)

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"In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other."     - Voltaire (1764)

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"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." - Pericles (430 B.C.)

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No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
- Mark Twain (1866)

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"There is only one thing you can do with a Congressman, and that is to hit 'em on the snout!"     - John Adams, 2nd President of the United States

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"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.  But I repeat myself."- Mark Twain

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"Talk is cheap-except when Congress does it. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other."
- Ronald Reagan

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"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings.
The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery."
- Winston Churchill

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"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin."   - Mark Twain

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"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."    - Herbert Spencer (1891)

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"There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress."
- Mark Twain

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"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences."
- P.J. O'Rourke (1993)

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"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."     -Winston Churchill

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What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.       - Edward Langley

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"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."- Thomas Jefferson

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"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war . . . and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."    - James Madison, April 20, 1795

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"When the State is most corrupt the Laws are most multiplied."
- Tacitus, Roman orator and historian

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"Those who control the past, control the future; and those who control the present, control the past."  - George Orwell

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Thomas Jefferson on oppressively large government:
"...working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little to-day and a little to-morrow, and advancing it's noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all be consolidated into one. ... when all government ... in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated." (1821)

"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."

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"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."   - Thomas Jefferson

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"If you make peaceful change impossible... you make violent revolution inevitable."
- John F. Kennedy

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"In time of war the laws are silent."    - Cicero

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"The concept of military necessity is seductively broad, and has a dangerous plasticity. Because they invariably have the visage of overriding importance, there is always a temptation to invoke security "necessities" to justify an encroachment upon civil liberties. For that reason, the military-security argument must be approached with a healthy skepticism."
- Justice William Brennan

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"On every question of construction (of the Constitution) let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."
- Thomas Jefferson, 12 Jun 1823 (The Complete Jefferson p.32)

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"The Constitution is the supreme law of our land and it governs our actions as citizens.  Only the laws of God, which governs our conscience, are superior to it."
- Gerald Ford
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"Quotes" on Government
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It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!                     -- Patrick Henry
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"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!""I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
Patrick Henry