Quotes & Other Enjoyables


Quotations I’ve come across and like.  Anyone with wit and wisdom that can be expressed in a sentence is worth recreation and the flattery of imitation.

“History is littered with wars which everybody knew would never happen.” ~ Enoch Powell

“The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be bastards.” ~ Anon

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ~ George Washington

“Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them” ~ Edward W. Howe

“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” ~ George Orwell

“Liberal: a power worshipper without power.” ~ George Orwell

“The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded.” ~ George Orwell

“To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.” ~ George Orwell

“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi

“All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi

“My manner of thinking, so you say, cannot be approved. Do suppose I care? A poor fool indeed is he who adopts a manner of thinking for others!” ~ Marquis de Sade

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” ~ John F. Kennedy

“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” ~ John F. Kennedy

“There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.” ~ John F. Kennedy

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” ~ John F. Kennedy

“Next time I see you, remind me not to talk to you.” ~ Groucho Marx

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” ~ Groucho Marx

“Why, I’d horse-whip you if I had a horse.” ~ Groucho Marx

“Before all else, be armed.” ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

“I’m not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.” ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

“Our history shows England awakes late to defend freedom, but always awakes in the end. Political correctness is strangling the irreverent spirit of scepticism towards pomp, authority and expertise that has created the delightful humour of the English people.” ~ John Redwood

“Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.” ~ Confucius

“A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.” ~ George William Curtis

“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” ~ Clarence Darrow

“The English never yield, and though driven back and thrown into confusion, they always return to the fight, thirsting for vengeance as long as they have breath for life” ~ Giovanni Mocenigo

“White, self-hating liberals and greed-head conservatives who claim to care for the civil rights of black and third world people, discard the working class of their own people on the garbage heap of history. When they are finished with their own they shall surely turn on others. Those who care for their own kind first are not practicing hate; but kindness, which is the very root of the word.” ~ Michael A. Hoffman II

“Our ancestors took this land. They took it and made it and held it. We do not give up what our ancestors gave us. They came across the sea and they fought here, and they built here and they’re buried here. This is our land, mixed with our blood, strengthened with our bone.  Ours!” ~ Bernard Cornwell

“On the continent people have good food; in England people have good manners.” ~ George Mikes

“We shall go on till the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island what ever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches and we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We will never surrender.” ~ Winston Churchill

“The French cannot forgive us because they owe us so much.” ~ Winston Churchill

“We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked, but not combined. We are interested and associated, but not absorbed. And Should European statesman address us in the words which were used of old Shall I speak for thee to the King or the Lord of the Host? we should reply with the words of the Shunamite woman: Nay sir, for we dwell among our own people.” ~ Winston Churchill

“We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.” ~ Winston Churchill

“If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.” ~ Winston Churchill

“One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade.” ~ Chinese Proverb

“Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.”  ~ General William T. Sherman

“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.” ~ General William T. Sherman

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner.  Liberty is a well-armed lamb.”  ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don’t think.”  ~ Author Unknown

“A civil servant is sometimes like a broken cannon – it won’t work and you can’t fire it.”  ~ George S. Patton

“Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.”  ~ John Perry Barlow

“Everybody wants to eat at the government’s table, but nobody wants to do the dishes.”  ~ Werner Finck

“It is error alone which needs the support of government.  Truth can stand by itself.”  ~ Thomas Jefferson

“The People, though we think of a great entity when we use the word, means nothing more than so many millions of individual men.”  ~ James Bryce

“Whoever invented work, never did one damn day of it.” ~ Jack’d Ripp’d

“It’s an evil world, so please try and fit in.” ~ Jack’d Ripp’d

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