~George Saintsbury, wine-sage, from his book Notes on a Cellar-Book (1920)
~Howard Roark, The Fountainhead
you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead."
do not produce followers, but more leaders."
is...Caring more than others think is wise;
"The soul is healed by being with children"
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
"Luck is the residue of opportunity and design."
~ Branch Rickey and/or John Milton
"Of all the facts I daily live with, there's none more
comforting than this; If I have two rooms, one dark, the other light, and I open
the door between them, the dark room becomes lighter without the light one
becoming darker. I know this is no headline, but it's a marvelous footnote; and
comforts me in that."
~ Gerhard Frost
in his book "Grounds for Hope:"
"Hope does not need to silence the rumblings of crisis to be hope."
~ Walter Brueggemann
"Faith without mercy is a cult."
~Kelly Jean Maguire
“I was fortunate to have parents as good role models. I could go into analysis for 20 years and never blame them for anything”.
“Balancing the budget is a little like protecting your virtue: You just have to learn to say no.”
~Ronald Reagan, speaking to William F. Buckley Jr on Firing Line, January 1980.
"Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people."
So many "rights" have been conjured up out of thin air that many people seem unaware that rights and obligations derive from explicit laws, not from politically correct pieties. If you don't meet the terms of the Geneva Convention, then the Geneva Convention doesn't protect you. If you are not an American citizen, then the rights guaranteed to American citizens do not apply to you.
~ Thomas Sowell
“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”
~ Winston Churchill, during his remarks at Harrow
uttered the immortal words of defiance to tyranny
"Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent."
(A Scotsman, who somehow commented exactly 250 years ago on Britain's release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi— the Libyan terrorist whose bomb blew up a plane over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, killing 270 people)
~Tony Dungy, Uncommon
"The gravest mistake made by educationalists is [to suppose] that those who know little are good enough to teach those who know less"
~ F.W. Boreham D.D.
"We contend that
for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a
bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."
~ Winston Churchill
"We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name - liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names - liberty and tyranny."
~Abraham Lincoln .....The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume VII, "Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland" (April 18, 1864), p. 301-302.
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. "
~Dr. Adrian P. Rogers , 1931 to 2005
"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."
"Keep away from
people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the
really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around banks will deprive people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
~Thomas Jefferson, 1802
"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators."
Click to hear Ronald Reagan - "A Time for Choosing" October 27, 1964
"I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and liberals at bay. And the nation free."
- William F. Buckley, Up from Liberalism (1959)
“The American people
will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of Liberalism, they
will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be
a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”
- Norman Thomas, Socialist Party presidential candidate, 1940, 1944 and 1948 explaining why he quit running for president.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty mean, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects"
~ Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
"Human beings are surrounded by a universe many sizes too big for them, and the ability either to shout out in anger or to laugh in the face of chaos are the only truly noble options available to us. That shout, or that laughter, even in the black infinity of the universe is an absolutely new and pure thing, filling the void and going on, echoing off among the nebula, with an entirely human significance."
- William Ash, Under the Wire, WW II Spitfire Pilot and frequent prisoner of war.
"Peace is our aim, and strength is the only way of getting it. We need not be deterred by the taunt that we are trying to have it both ways at once. Indeed, it is only by having it both ways at once that we shall have a chance of getting anything of it at all
- Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill
- Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill
"The only commodity I know of that gets more expensive as the supply goes up, is ignorance."
-Kelly Jean "Mayday" Maguire
"I always believe when your political opponents are committing suicide, there's no reason to murder them,"
-Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio
"... brevity is the soul of wit.."
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“On a personal level, as a Christian, it will not be Barbra Streisand I’m standing in front of when I have to make an accounting of my life.”
"... to say that
the CIA and the KGB engage in similar practices is the equivalent of saying that
the man who pushes an old lady into the path of a hurtling bus is not to be
distinguished from the man who pushes an old lady out of the path of a hurtling
bus: on the grounds that, after all, in both cases someone is pushing old ladies
"It appears we have appointed our worst
generals to command forces, and
"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime
"Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen"
-Sir Compton Mackenzie
"...we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, ..."
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy"
"Blame others and look to the government for assistance. It's
easier be a victim than a victor."
You can't be lucky all the time. But you can be smart
“If you don’t build it with your own hands, it’s not really yours.”
- Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor
~ Red Green
"Maybe for once, someone will call me 'sir' without
adding 'You're making a scene'"
"Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged
in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."
"I don't like repeat offenders, I like dead offenders."
"Anything in excess is a poison."
"The three things to carry with you in life are that liquor and gambling have to be handled with moderation, food has to be eaten with a careful concern for portions, and relationships must be ruled with a healthy portion of conciliation. If you can do these three things you will survive happily."
“I would like to dissolve the $10 billion national Department of Education created by President Carter and turn schools back to the local school districts, where we built the greatest public school system the world has ever seen. I think I can make a case that the decline in the quality of public education began when federal aid became federal interference.”
~Ronald Reagan, January 1980, speaking to William F. Buckley Jr on Firing Line
"Develop interest in life as you see it: in people, things, literature, music. The world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself."
"My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher."
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
"A clever man commits no minor blunders."
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
"I voted Republican this year. The Democrats left a bad taste in my mouth."
"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."
"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters."
"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
- H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
"In Europe we thought of wine as something healthy and normal as food and also a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult. It was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.
- Ernest Hemmingway
"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it."
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act
responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
"Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things
losers don't like to do."
"Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn't make me stronger."
- Lou Holtz
"It is written that adversity introduces us to
"There's plenty of room for all God's creatures, right next to the mashed potatoes."
- Billboard advertisement for the Saskatoon Steak House in Greenville, NC
"You can't tax a corporation. It's a lie. There's no such taxpayer. Tax the corporation and you tax the people that work there, or buy it's products, or own it's stock. If you can't have dinner with it, you can't tax it."
- Kelly J. Maguire
"..businesses don't pay taxes, people do -- either in the form of higher prices or fewer jobs."
- Thomas Mitchell, Sunday, July 6, 2003, editor of the Review-Journal
"The corner is a small part of the road, but it, not the road, decides your destination."
- Kelly J. Maguire
"I always try to let the walleye tell me what it wants."
"In my humble opinion, those who come to engage in debates of consequence, and who challenge accepted wisdom, should expect to be treated badly."
-Clarence Thomas, accepting an award from the American Enterprise Institute in 2001
"Do not worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats"
-Howard H. Aiken
"Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is the earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature."
-Henry David Thoreau
"One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain."
- Columnist Thomas Sowell
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Right-wing extremist Benjamin Franklin
"A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for."
- William Shedd
"Amateurs built the Arc, professionals built the Titanic."
"Some of the best things in life are not things."
- Mick Maguire
"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not
"It is God's job to forgive Osama bin Laden. It is our
job to arrange a face to face meeting."
"The person who says it
cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it."
"Winning isn't everything. Shaking a righteous bootie,
"I think it's fair to say you can't predict a straight
line to victory. You know, there'll be good days and bad days along the
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by
the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines,
sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails."
"They cannot guard freedom, who cannot recognize its
"When you define liberty for someone else, it's no longer
liberty. It's permission."
"If you can remove words from the
language, or change their meanings, or emotionally charge them so negatively
that using them results in closed-minded condemnation, you have effectively
removed the ability to think about those
concepts from the public discourse."
"Not all who wander are lost."
"Only those who risk going too far
can possibly find out how far to go"
"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest
wealth, faithfulness the best relationship."
"There's no excuse."
"Statistically, more small children drown in mop buckets
than die from gun accidents"
"It's impossible to expect polite behavior from people who've never witnessed
"If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base."
"Pity the man who judges his time with nature on the basis of limits caught and game killed, for he will never be satisfied"
"When the facts change, I change my mind."
"You can do very little with faith, but you can do
nothing without it."
"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because
the US was too strong."
"Quando Omni flunkus, moratadi"
"I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to... I guess."
"The fishing was so good, I thought it was LAST
"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: The stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre
"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 benefits from the Public Treasury with a result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence:
From Bondage to Spiritual Faith
From Spiritual Faith to Great Courage
From Courage to Liberty
From Liberty to Abundance
From Abundance to Selfishness
From Selfishness to Complacency
From Complacency to Apathy
From Apathy to Dependency
From Dependency back into Bondage"- Alexander Tytler, 18th century Scottish historian, Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic.
"It is easy in the world to live after the world's
opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he
who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of
"Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a
man does with what happens to him."
"Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from
acquiring the deadening effect of a habit."
"There are numerous layers of honesty, and the deepest should not have a
A Toast, "This is dedicated to those splendid fellows who make drinking
a pleasure, who reach contentment prior to capacity, who can take what they drink, hold
it, enjoy it, and remain Gentlemen."
"Most women are not really prepared for real life relationships."
"Wise men learn more from fools, than fools from the
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be
"Behind every successful man is a woman that didn't marry me."
"The slave that has three masters is a free man."
"My inner child pretty much runs the place."
"The secret to a successful relationship is perception and selective
"Away with you !!!
"Nothing can ever be improved without being changed."
"You know what would go with that? A glass of wine."
"I'm swamped !!"
"I believe that the foundation of democratic liberty is a willingness to
believe that other people may perhaps be wiser than oneself."
"No question that an admission of making false statements to government
officials and interfering with the FBI is an impeachable offense."
"Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation,
that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? ...If our defense be the real
object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or
equal safety to us, as in our own hands?"
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
"The future's comin' at ya' like a freight train."
"Quality is not expensive....it's Priceless."
"Illegitimi Non Carborundum"
"My feeling is that everyone suffers from some sort of mental illness
but at different degrees and in different ways.... excluding us of course."
"I can only hope to be the man my dog thinks I am."
"I believe in taking the time to be right. Everything happens faster when you're wrong."
"There is a lot more to do at FHL than fishing. For starters.... talking about fishing."
"The peaceful appearance of space is a reminder of two complementary truths: That behind much of the beauty of the sky lies incomprehensible power and fury, and that maelstrom and destruction can produce a very tranquil beauty."
"Companies don't make profits. People do."
"Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience."
"When you choose your friends, don't be shortchanged by choosing personality over character."
"A Jeffersonian democracy is predicated on the concept of a well-informed and active constituency. We have neither."
"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."
"Life is not to be taken in baby-steps"