Great Quotes from the Internet

The World Wide Web is simply brimming with information. During one particular week, in mere minutes or even seconds, I've been able to find an official copy of the rules to the board game "Masterpiece", look up the meaning of the word "gravitas", pull out a Bible verse in various translations, and find song lyrics. It's getting to the point that if some information is find-able, it's on the Web.

One item I've seen plenty of, in E-mails and on web pages, are quotes and quips about all sorts of subjects. Often they say things far better than I could and I wish I had a place to keep them. Well, I've decided to keep them on my own web site and hope that they are useful to you.

With that, I present to you, Great Quotes from the Internet, updated on a semi-irregular basis.

NOTE:  As of January, 2003, this page won't be updated anymore.  Instead, keep track of the quotes I find on my blog "Considerable Quotes".


All these quotes came from The Federalist newsletter.


"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." -- Cicero, 63 BC

"Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare but only those specifically enumerated." -- Thomas Jefferson

"...[L]iberals have a new wish every time their latest wish is granted. Conservatives should make them spell out their principles and ideals. Instead of doing this, conservatives allow liberals to pursue incremental goals without revealing their ultimate destination. So, thanks to the negligence of their opponents, liberals control the terms of every debate by always demanding 'more' while never defining 'enough.' The predictable result is that they always get more, and it's never enough." -- Joseph Sobran

"It is not possible to understand the actions or motives of the leading patriots in the American Revolution without taking into consideration their religious faith and world-view. To a man, the founding fathers were men who had been shaped by the morality and theology of the Bible. Of the 53 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, only two, Franklin and Jefferson, had no denominational affiliation. And yet even they accepted the basic presupposition of a Christian world-view." -- David J. Vaughan

"When you turn on the light in the morning, you pay utility taxes. When you brush your teeth, you pay water taxes. When you drive to work, you pay gas taxes and rising toll taxes. Before you get paid at work, they take out payroll taxes. After you get paid at work, they take out income taxes -- state and federal. If you are married, they tax you for that too. And when you buy things, you have to pay sales taxes and the seller's corporate income taxes. You are probably dog tired from paying all of these taxes when you get home at night, but then you have to pay property taxes. And if these high taxes make you have to sell your home, you will then have to pay capital gains taxes. Worse yet, if you become sick to death of all these taxes, they will make you pay estate taxes." -- New Jersey GOP gubernatorial candidate Bret Schundler

"Parties are...censors of the conduct of each other, and useful watchmen for the public. Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise, depository of the public interests. In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves. Call them, therefore,...Whigs and Tories, Republicans and Federalists, Aristocrats and Democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same parties still, and pursue the same object." -- Thomas Jefferson

"The real threat, as seen by the ACLU, is that religious behavior might give secular behavior a bad name, and that is, surely, unconstitutional." -- William F. Buckley

"Just as abortion-loving Democrats maintain that no one is in favor of abortion, they now claim they also want to make taxes safe, legal and rare." -- Ann Coulter

"The importance of morality is that people behave themselves even if nobody's watching. There are not enough cops and laws to replace personal morality as a means to produce a civilized society. Indeed, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. Unfortunately, too many of us see police, laws and the criminal justice system as society's first line of defense." -- Walter Williams


"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship." -- Patrick Henry

from The Federalist



"Why is it, I often ask liberals, that they uphold these few words from Jefferson ('separation of church and state') as holy writ but ignore almost everything else he wrote? Jefferson...wanted the state to remain very, very small and occupy only a tiny corner of a large public square filled with private institutions and citizens virtually untouched by taxation and government regulation. Liberals nowadays reason using a far different logic. In their syllogism, church and state must be separate. The state must own or control everything. Therefore, the church must retreat to near nothingness. This is not the America Thomas Jefferson wanted. This is what he declared independence against." -- Lowell Ponte

from The Federalist

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, and is always followed by a dictatorship.

"The average of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this 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 again to bondage." -- Sir Alex Fraser Tytler (1747-1813), Scottish jurist and historian. Professor of Universal History at Edinburgh University in the late 18th Century. From the 1801 Collection of his lectures.

from The Constitution Society's Political Reform page


"Is electing somebody who's going to promise you the moon, so you don't have to work for it, really what choosing a President of the United States is all about?" -- Rush Limbaugh



"It is certain that the two World Wars in which I have participated would not have occurred had we been prepared. It is my belief that adequate preparation on our part would have prevented or materially shortened all our other wars beginning with that of 1812. Yet, after each of our wars, there has always been a great hue and cry to the effect that there will be no more wars, that disarmament is the sure road to health, happiness, and peace; and that by removing the fire department, we will remove fires. These ideas spring from wishful thinking and from the erroneous belief that wars result from logical processes. There is no logic in wars. They are produced by madmen. No man can say when future madmen will reappear. I do not say that there will be no more wars; I devoutly hope that there will not, but I do say that the chances of avoiding future wars will be greatly enhanced if we are ready." -- General George Patton

From The Federalist


"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.... If the next centennial does not find us a great will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces." -- James Garfield in 1877

From The Federalist

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." -- Thomas Jefferson

from Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp


A few quotes from those who lived quite a bit closer than us to the writing of the Second Amendment

"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that ... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed ..." -- Thomas Jefferson letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been recognized by the General Government; but the best security of that right after all is, the military spirit, that taste for martial exercises, which has always distinguished the free citizens of these States. ... Such men form the best barrier to the liberties of America" -- Gazette of the United States, Oct. 14, 1789

"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms" -- Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334, from Julian P. Boyd, Ed., 1950

"And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms. ..." -- Samuel Adams, Debates & Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 86-87, Feb. 6, 1788

"Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation ... in the several kingdoms of Europe ... the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms" -- James Madison, the Federalist Papers, No. 46

From Jon E. Dougherty's column "No Individual Gun Rights?" in WorldNetDaily


"If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people in England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow sufferers." -- Thomas Jefferson

From The Federalist


"We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism." -- Nikita Khrushchev, of the political trend launched by Roosevelt's "New Deal"

From The Federalist


"We've seen virtually no change in society's glorification of death and violence. As long as the cultural elite [media moguls] can keep our nation focused on a red herring like gun control, they relieve parents from the responsibility of healing empty hearts, wounded spirits, and the numbed consciences that lie behind these senseless acts of violence. If anything, we've witnessed a rise in the barrage of dark, hopeless and annihilative images and words churned out by TV, movies, music, Internet Web sites, and video games." -- Dr. James C. Dobson

From The Federalist

"Liberty has never come from the government.... The history of liberty is the history of resistance...a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it." -- Woodrow Wilson

From The Federalist

"Mainstream America is counting on you to draw your sword and fight for them. These people have precious little time and resources to battle misguided Cinderella attitudes, the fringe propaganda of the homosexual coalition, the feminists who preach that it is a divine duty for women to hate men, blacks who raise a militant fist with one hand while they seek preference with the other, and all the New-Age apologists for juvenile crime, who see roving gangs as a means of youthful expression, sex as a means of adolescent merchandising, violence as a form of entertainment for impressionable minds, and gun bans as a means to lord-knows-what. We have reached that point in time when our national social policy originates on Oprah. I say it's time to pull the plug." -- Charlton Heston

From Doug's Completely Bi-Partisan Politics Page

"The idea that there is no such thing as truth has gotten very fashionable in some quarters. It is now called 'my truth' or 'your truth' or somebody else's truth. But truth loses its meaning if it becomes private property. The whole point of truth is that it enables one person to rely on what someone else says. Behind all this evasion of reality is the simple fact that some people have constructed a vision of the world in their mind which differs greatly from the real world. And they cannot bring themselves to give up that vision. Nor will they allow others to shatter their vision with facts. The real question is: Why do we take them seriously? Are we so easily impressed or intimidated by their airs of superiority?" -- Thomas Sowell

From The Federalist

"Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.... We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price." -- Ronald Reagan

From The Federalist

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