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  • #1
    “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
    Narcotics Anonymous

  • #2
    Thomas Jefferson
    “May it [American independence] be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately... These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.

    [Letter to Roger C. Weightman on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, 24 June 1826. This was Jefferson's last letter]”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

  • #3
    Bernard M. Baruch
    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
    Bernard M. Baruch

  • #4
    Winston S. Churchill
    “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be;

    In “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat,” his first speech as Prime Minister to the House of Commons May 13, 1940 quoted by Jeffrey R. Holland in “However Long and Hard the Road” BYU Devotional 18 Jan 1983”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #5
    Abraham Lincoln
    “If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. -Speech at Clinton, Illinois, September 8, 1854.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #6
    Winston S. Churchill
    “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #7
    Isaac Asimov
    “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #8
    Isaac Asimov
    “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
    Isaac Asimov, Foundation

  • #9
    Isaac Asimov
    “Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #10
    Isaac Asimov
    “The first step in making rabbit stew is catching the rabbit.”
    Isaac Asimov
    tags: life

  • #11
    Isaac Asimov
    “All the hundreds of millions of people who, in their time, believed the Earth was flat never succeeded in unrounding it by an inch.”
    Isaac Asimov

  • #12
    “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
    Maurice Switzer

  • #13
    Abraham Lincoln
    “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #14
    William J.H. Boetcker
    “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
    You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
    You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence.
    And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.”
    William J.H. Boetcker

  • #15
    Winston S. Churchill
    “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #16
    Winston S. Churchill
    “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #17
    Winston S. Churchill
    “A lady came up to me one day and said 'Sir! You are drunk', to which I replied 'I am drunk today madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober but you will still be ugly.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #18
    Winston S. Churchill
    “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #19
    Winston S. Churchill
    “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”
    Winston S. Churchill, The River War

  • #20
    George Bernard Shaw
    “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have one."
    — George Bernard Shaw, playwright (to Winston Churchill)

    "Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one."
    — Churchill's response
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #21
    Winston S. Churchill
    “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

    (Speech in the House of Commons, 11 November 1947)”
    Winston S. Churchill, Churchill Speaks: Collected Speeches in Peace and War, 1897-1963

  • #22
    Winston S. Churchill
    “...But the Mahommedan religion increases, instead of lessening, the fury of intolerance. It was originally propagated by the sword, and ever since, its votaries have been subject, above the people of all other creeds, to this form of madness. In a moment the fruits of patient toil, the prospects of material prosperity, the fear of death itself, are flung aside. The more emotional Pathans are powerless to resist. All rational considerations are forgotten. Seizing their weapons, they become Ghazis—as dangerous and as sensible as mad dogs: fit only to be treated as such. While the more generous spirits among the tribesmen become convulsed in an ecstasy of religious bloodthirstiness, poorer and more material souls derive additional impulses from the influence of others, the hopes of plunder and the joy of fighting. Thus whole nations are roused to arms. Thus the Turks repel their enemies, the Arabs of the Soudan break the British squares, and the rising on the Indian frontier spreads far and wide. In each case civilisation is confronted with militant Mahommedanism. The forces of progress clash with those of reaction. The religion of blood and war is face to face with that of peace.”
    Winston S. Churchill, The Story of the Malakand Field Force

  • #23
    Winston S. Churchill
    “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #24
    Walter Benjamin
    “History is written by the victors.”
    Walter Benjamin

  • #25
    Winston S. Churchill
    “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #26
    Winston S. Churchill
    “If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.”
    Winston S. Churchill
    tags: law

  • #27
    Winston S. Churchill
    “If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.”
    Winston S. Churchill
    tags: pact

  • #28
    Abraham Lincoln
    “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #29
    Abraham Lincoln
    “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #30
    Thomas Jefferson
    “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
    Thomas Jefferson



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