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July 12, 2002

My Favorite Quotes

"The frustrating thing is that those who are attacking religion claim they are doing it in the name of tolerance, freedom and openmindedness. Question: Isn't the real truth that they are intolerant of religion? They refuse to tolerate its importance in our lives." -- Ronald Reagan

"Duty is ours; results are God's." -- John Quincy Adams

"Religion [is] the basis and Foundation of Government." -- James Madison

"Aim at heaven and you will get earth 'thrown in': aim at earth and you will get neither." -- C. S. Lewis

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion." -- John Adams

"Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." -- John Adams

"The only foundation for ... a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments." -- Benjamin Rush

"We will never come to grips with the problems of our cities ... until a white person can talk about the epidemic of minority illegitemacy, drug addiction and homicide without being called a racist." -- Sen. Bill Bradley

"There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery -- then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved." -- Jesse Jackson

"We become just by the practice of just actions." -- Aristotle

"In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the gelding be fruitful." -- C. S. Lewis

"Being possessed by Jesus creates a spontaneity and joy that sends you bursting forth on the world as a fun person!!" -- Anthony Campolo

"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionists. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up." -- Martin Niemoller

"They that deny God destroy man's nobility; for certainly, man is akin to the beasts by his body; and if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature." -- Francis Bacon

"[Voicing opposition to the abolition of the slave trade] Things have come to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade public life." -- Lord Melbourne

"The greatest question of our time is not communism versus individualism, not Europe versus America, not even the East versus the West; it is whether men can live without God." -- Will Durant

"Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens." -- Daniel Webster

"In the science, Evolution is a theory about changes; in the myth it is a fact about improvements." -- C. S. Lewis

"True worth is in BEING, not SEEMING." -- Alice Cary

"Truth, sir, is a cow which will yield such people no more milk; and so they are gone to milk the bull." -- David Hume

"We don't print the truth. We don't pretend to print the truth. We print what people tell us. It's up to the public to decide what's true." -- Ben Bradlee, Editor, Washington Post

"Liberals take our money, indoctrinate our kids, violate parental rights, trample freedom of faith, make us validate their morality and then have the unmitigated gall to whine that the religious right wants to force its values on the nation." -- Syndicated Columnist, Don Feder

"Every person of learning is finally his own teacher." -- Thomas Paine

"No book in the world deserves to be so unceasingly studied, and so profoundly meditated upon as the Bible." -- John Quincy Adams

"Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the Foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?" -- John Quincy Adams

"In this actual world, a churchless community, a community where men have abandoned and scoffed at, or ignored their religious needs, is a community on the rapid down-grade". -- Theodore Roosevelt

"America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of the Holy Scripture." -- Woodrow Wilson

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." -- Samuel Adams 

"The point of having an open mind, like having an open mouth, is to close it on something solid." -- G.K. Chesterton

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. -- Alexander Tyler

"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- Irish lawyer John Philpot Curran

"Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master."  ?  Sallust

?I believe a man is happier, and happy in a richer way, if he has ?the freeborn mind.? But I doubt whether he can have this without economic independence, which the new society is abolishing. For economic independence allows an education not controlled by Government; and in adult life it is the man who needs, and asks, nothing of Government who can criticise its acts and snap his fingers at its ideology. Read Montaigne; that?s the voice of a man with his legs under his own table, eating the mutton and turnips raised on his own land. Who will talk like that when the State is everyone?s schoolmaster and employer?? -- C.S. Lewis

?Freedom is coming to mean little more than the right to ask permission.? -- Joseph Sobran

?Here in America, land of opportunity, governments at all levels are taxing away 40 percent of our nation?s income. We?ve been creeping closer to socialism, a system that someone once said works only in heaven, where it isn?t needed, and in hell, where they?ve already got it.? -- Ronald Reagan, 1983

?We have negotiated a bill we can?t read with people we don?t trust and spent money we don?t have for things we don?t need. How we can call ourselves conservatives after that, I can?t imagine. I wish I could have negotiated my NFL contract with this leadership.? -- Rep. Steve Largent, after the GOP cave-in on the 1998 budget deal


Posted by Jack Lewis at July 12, 2002 04:23 PM