"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase
a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
--Benjamin Franklin, 1759
"Without free speech no search for truth is possible... no discovery of
truth is useful... Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race."
Freedom is essentially a condition of inequality, not equality. It recognizes as a fact of nature the structural differences inherent in man - in temperament, character, and capacity - and it respects those differences. We are not alike and no law can make us so.
"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people try to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people."
-George Bernard Shaw
"There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance."
"I'm the one that's going to have to die when it's time for me to die,
so let me live my life, the way I want to."
- Jimi Hendrix
"Whatever he was - that robot in the Garden of Eden, who existed without mind, without values, without labour, without love - he was not man"
-John Galt, Atlas Shrugged
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself.
"In the Beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave
and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot"
"I hate political correctness because it's founded on the idea that by means of language you can escape truth -- that if you simply give a different name to something you've somehow changed it. It is a very childlike idea... People who accord themselves enormous virtue for saying 'horizontally impaired' instead of 'gimpy' -- these people are assholes, not to put too fine a point on it."
This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
--Plato circa 400 B.C.
"I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his
--Robert Frost, 1935
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
--Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoanalysis (1952)
I can’t give you brains, but I can give you a diploma
--Wizard of Oz