As between the fire and the fire brigade one cannot be neutral. Winston Churchill
[It is neither the purpose nor the right of Congress to] attend to what generosity and humanity require, but to what the Constitution and their duty require. William Giles
In 1796, on the floor of the House of Representatives, of Virginia condemning a relief measure for fire victims
But money demands of you the highest virtues
if you wish to make it or to keep it. Men who have no courage pride
This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religions in it. John Adams
1735-1826, American diplomat and 2nd President of the United States from 1797-1801
The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man’s rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence….The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, and to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law. Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged, 1957
Arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. Thomas Paine
It’s my belief that a smarter president would never have lied to the American public and a more honorable one would have resigned the day the lie was revealed. Leonard Pitts Jr.
Miami Herald, E1, February 11, 1999
A precedent embalms a principle.
British Prime Minister (1874-1880), author, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1804-1881