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  • #1
    “It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.”
    William G. McAdoo

  • #2
    Robert E. Lee
    “I can only say that I am nothing but a poor sinner, trusting in Christ alone for salvation.”
    Robert E. Lee

  • #3
    Socrates
    “I examined the poets, and I look on them as people whose talent overawes both themselves and others, people who present themselves as wise men and are taken as such, when they are nothing of the sort.

    From poets, I moved to artists. No one was more ignorant about the arts than I; no one was more convinced that artists possessed really beautiful secrets. However, I noticed that their condition was no better than that of the poets and that both of them have the same misconceptions. Because the most skillful among them excel in their specialty, they look upon themselves as the wisest of men. In my eyes, this presumption completely tarnished their knowledge. As a result, putting myself in the place of the oracle and asking myself what I would prefer to be — what I was or what they were, to know what they have learned or to know that I know nothing — I replied to myself and to the god: I wish to remain who I am.

    We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I— what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are. But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it. As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know.”
    Socrates

  • #4
    Ambrose Bierce
    “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
    Ambrose Bierce

  • #5
    Thomas Carlyle
    “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.”
    Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero Worship and the Heroic in History

  • #6
    James Madison
    “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
    James Madison

  • #7
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan
    “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  • #8
    William Penn
    “Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”
    William Penn

  • #9
    George Washington
    “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”
    George Washington

  • #10
    Voltaire
    “It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”
    Voltaire, The Age of Louis XIV

  • #11
    Thomas Jefferson
    “The equal rights of man, and the happiness of every individual, are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.”
    Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

  • #12
    Oliver Goldsmith
    “You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”
    Oliver Goldsmith

  • #13
    “It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
    Samuel Adams

  • #14
    Thucydides
    “You should punish in the same manner those who commit crimes with those who accuse falsely.”
    Thucydides

  • #15
    Sophocles
    “[S]ilence supports the accuser’s charge?”
    Sophocles

  • #16
    Plato
    “You should not honor men more than truth.”
    Plato

  • #17
    Aldous Huxley
    “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
    Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29

  • #18
    Alexis de Tocqueville
    “Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”
    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • #19
    Elias Boudinot
    “Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.”
    Elias Boudinot

  • #20
    Albert Einstein
    “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #21
    “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the people you need to concentrate on.”
    Robert Strauss

  • #22
    Thomas Jefferson
    “[T]he artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted...”
    Thomas Jefferson

  • #23
    H.L. Mencken
    “When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that an old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had only one before.”
    H.L. Mencken

  • #24
    “The main problem with pacifism is that it doesn’t work in all situations. The main problem with pacifists is that they’re convinced it does.”
    Burt Prelutsky

  • #25
    “[M]y religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.”
    Stonewall Jackson

  • #26
    Thomas Sowell
    “The fact that the market is not doing what we wish it would do is no reason to automatically assume that the government would do better.”
    Thomas Sowell

  • #27
    “Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.”
    Samuel Adams

  • #28
    George Washington
    “Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome.”
    George Washington, George Washington's Farewell Address



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