Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Tuesday, August 30, 2011


"Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow."
--Aesop (c. 550 B.C.) legendary Greek fabulist
Source: The Dog and the Shadow

Monday, August 29, 2011

Authority II

"Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive."
--Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998)
Historian and author
Source: Freedom and Order, 1966

Sunday, August 28, 2011


"A man may have to die for our country: but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself."
--C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), British novelist

Saturday, August 27, 2011


"Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement."
--Winston Churchill

Friday, August 26, 2011


"The whole earth is in jail
and we're plotting this incredible jailbreak."
--Wavy Gravy [Hugh Romney] (1936- ) Activist

Thursday, August 25, 2011


"What is sport to the cat is death to the mouse."
--German Proverb

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Control II

"The issues can be stated very briefly:
Who will be controlled?
Who will exercise control?
What type of control will be exercised?
Most important of all, toward what end or purpose,
or in the pursuit of what value, will control be exercised?"
-- Carl Rogers (1902-1987)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1882-1945, Thirty-second President of the USA)

Monday, August 22, 2011


"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office."
--Robert Frost

Sunday, August 21, 2011


"Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed."
--Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Attentive II

"Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves."
--Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, 1787

Friday, August 19, 2011


"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
--Robert F. Kennedy, June 6, 1966, "Day Of Affirmation" Speech

Thursday, August 18, 2011


"The poorest man may in his cottage, bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storm may enter; the rain may enter; but the King of England may not enter; all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement."
--William Pitt (1759-1806)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


"There are no hopeless situations; There are only men who have grown hopeless about them."
--Clare Boothe Luce

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


"No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty. But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshiping the symbol instead of the principle it represents."
--Wendell Phillips (1811-1884)
Abolitionist author
Source: Liberty and the Great Libertarians (C. Spradling)

Monday, August 15, 2011


"In order for our children to survive in the world, they need a firm understanding and belief in the basic principles of sharing freedom and respect of individuality."
--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders

Sunday, August 14, 2011


"There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun."
--Pablo Picasso, Spanish Artist and Painter

Saturday, August 13, 2011


"Our tradition is one of protest and revolt, and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past while we silence the rebels of the present."
--Henry Steele Commager (1902-1998)
Source: Freedom Loyalty and Dissent, 1966

Friday, August 12, 2011


"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Action III

"There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."
--President John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Free III

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate."
--Thomas Jefferson, Rights of British America, 1774

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Silence III

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."
--Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Monday, August 08, 2011


"The free world must now prove itself worthy of its own past."
--Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)
34th US President, WWII General

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Laws II

"Laws are only words written on paper, words that change on society's whim and are interpreted differently daily by politicians, lawyers, judges, and policemen. Anyone who believes that all laws should always be obeyed would have made a fine slave catcher. Anyone who believes that all laws are applied equally, despite race, religion, or economic status, is a fool."
--John J. Miller, "And Hope to Die"

Saturday, August 06, 2011


"Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed."
--Bernard Berenson (1865-1959)
American art historian

Friday, August 05, 2011


"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
--Friedrich Nietzsche,

Thursday, August 04, 2011


"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life."
--John Lennon

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Paths III

"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."
--Frank A. Clark

Tuesday, August 02, 2011


"If our economy of freedom fails to distribute wealth as ably as it has created it, the road to dictatorship will be open to any man who can persuasively promise security to all."
--Will Durant (1885-1981)
American psychologist, philosopher

Monday, August 01, 2011


"The loyalists in the beginning of the late war objected to associating, arming and fighting, in defense of our liberties, because these measures were not constitutional. A free people should always be left with every possible power to promote their own happiness."
--Pennsylvania Gazette April 23, 1788