A Right Is Not What Someone Gives You; It’s What No One Can Take From You



“Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again. Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounding determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.” Pearl Harbor Speech December 8 1941, To the Congress of the United States

-Franklin D. Roosevelt


“It is better to limp in the way, than run with the greatest swiftness out of it.” The Institutes of the Christian Religion

-John Calvin 


“You know, that man has a spirit, that each man and woman is unique, that we have duty to promote our unalienable rights and to protect them, that we have a duty to our families and ourselves, to take care of ourselves, to contribute to charity, that we have a duty to support a just and righteous law that is stable and predictable.”

-Mark R. Levin


“The attempt to secure individual liberty by vast-scale centralization would eventually lead to a spectacular loss of liberty. The modern liberal state, grounded in the autonomy of the individual, could not tolerate private ownership of labor, but, unhappily, for the same reason that it could not tolerate any independent social authority. However, by the logic of centralization inherent in all modern states, it would gradually accept state ownership of labor in the form of the income tax and universal conscription, both of which eighteenth-century monarchs found quite beyond their reach.” 

-Donald W. Livingston


“The limitation of tyrants is the endurance of those they oppose.”

-Frederick Douglass


“I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.” Letter to Abigail Adams, 1787

-Thomas Jefferson 


“Well, you know what’s wrong with the world today? People have gone and put their Bibles away. They’re living by the law of the jungle not the law of the land. The good book says it so I know it’s the truth, an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth. You better watch where you go and remember where you been. That’s the way I see it, I’m a simple man.”

-Charles Daniels


“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.” Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788

-James Madison


“People want America to have a certain image when we fight. Yet I would guess if someone were shooting at them and they had to hold their family members while they bled out against an enemy who hid behind their children, played dead only to throw a grenade as they got closer, and who had no qualms about sending their toddler to die from a grenade from which they personally pulled the pin—they would be less concerned with playing nicely.” American Sniper

-Chris Kyle


“Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.”

-John Tyler


“That all political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and established for their benefit; and, therefore, they have, at all times, an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter or abolish their form of government, in such manner as they may deem expedient.”

-Florida Constitution of 1838


“A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.”  New York Times, 10/02/77

-Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General


“No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.”

-Jesse Jackson


“I think that Texas is forever ruined unless the citizens make a manly, energetic effort to save themselves from anarchy and confusion, which are the worst of all evils. Let us march like a band of brothers.”

-William B. Travis


“Property is the fruit of labor. Property is desirable, is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently to build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence.”

-Abraham Lincoln


“As government expands, liberty contracts.”

-Ronald W. Reagan


“It ain’t so much what a man doesn’t know that causes him so many problems, but what he knows that ain’t so.”

-Will Rogers


“The danger is imminent and calls for the most energetic action in strengthening the force which now holds our lines.”

-Richard Ewell


“The cure for evil and disorder is more liberty, not suppression.”

-Alexander Berkman


“It is indeed a singular thing that people wish to pass laws to nullify the disagreeable consequences that the law of responsibility entails. Will they never realize that they do not eliminate these consequences but merely pass them along to other people? The result is one injustice the more and one moral the less.”

-Frederic Bastiat

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