QUOTES ON LIBERTY AND JUSTICE, TRUTH AND DUTY:
“For the anointed, traditions are likely to be seen as the dead hand of the past, relics of a less enlightened age, and not as the distilled experience of millions who faced similar human vicissitudes before.”
“If none were to have Liberty but those who understand what it is, there would not be many freed Men in the world.”
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
“And if I cannot stand on my own legs, let me fall also. All I ask is, give me a chance to stand on my own legs! Let me alone!
“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are once more slaves.” 1915
-D. H. Lawrence
“Do not be quick to take offence, you will never find a gentleman who will willfully & without any cause real or imaginary offend another.”
“Since Americans are by nature individualistic and entrepreneurial, by definition, then, the socialist program is anti-American, to say nothing of totalitarian. Socialism is an old dream. Some dreams are nightmares when put into practice.” America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
“The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution.”
“If we were directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we would soon want for bread.”
“He is free who lives as he wishes to live; who is neither subject to compulsion nor to hindrance, nor to force; whose movements to action are not impeded, whose desires attain their purpose, and who does not fall into that which he would avoid.”
-Epictetus (ca 55-135 A.D.), Discourses, ca 100 A.D.
“Now, sir, we are confusing language very much. Men speak of revolution; and when they say revolution they mean blood. Our fathers meant nothing of the sort. When they spoke of revolution they meant an unalienable right. When they declared as an unalienable right the power of the people to abrogate and modify their form of government whenever it did not answer the ends for which it was established, they did not mean that they were to sustain that by brute force. They meant that it was a right; and force could only be invoked when that right was wrongfully denied. Great Britain denied the right in the case of the colonies, and therefore our revolution for independence was bloody. If Great Britain had admitted the great American doctrine, there would have been no blood shed. . . .”
“Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation.”
-Fletcher Knebel, historian
“Whoever fails in the consideration generally due to the interests and feelings of others, not being compelled by some more imperative duty, or justified by allowable self-preference, is a subject of moral disapprobation for that failure, but not for the cause of it, nor for the errors, merely personal to himself, which may have remotely led to it. In like manner, when a person disables himself, by conduct purely self-regarding, from the performance of some definite duty incumbent on him to the public, he is guilty of a social offence. No person ought to be punished simply for being drunk; but a soldier or a policeman should be punished for being drunk on duty.” On Liberty
-John Stuart Mill
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