Favorite quotes

“You’re a daisy if you have.”

– Doc Holliday

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

The idea of shame is still ignoble to me, but the meaning of this quote has deeper implications.

– Horace Mann

“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s. Look at the tyranny of party — at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty — a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes — and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, [and] rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, honestly unconscious of the fantastic contradiction; and forgetting or ignoring that their fathers and the churches shouted the same blasphemies a generation earlier when they were closing their doors against the hunted slave, beating his handful of humane defenders with Bible texts and billies, and pocketing the insults and licking the shoes of his Southern master.”

– Mark Twain

“People have this idea that they have to focus on others to be happy but they forget to take care of themselves so that they CAN help others.”

– Jacob Frasier

“To achieve liberty and peace, two powerful human emotions have to be overcome. Number one is ‘envy’ which leads to hate and class warfare. Number two is ‘intolerance’ which leads to bigoted and judgemental policies. These emotions must be replaced with a much better understanding of love, compassion, tolerance and free market economics. Freedom, when understood, brings people together. When tried, freedom is popular.”

~Ron Paul

“I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.”

~Thomas Paine

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

~Edmund Burke

“Hope is a tease designed to prevent us from accepting reality.”

~Downton Abbey, Season 5/Episode 4

“You know what happens when you burn a bridge? You got to learn to swim…or fly.”

~Jessica Jones, Season 1/Episode 7

“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

~V for Vendetta

“Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired: for in the course of things, men always grow vicious before they become unbelievers.”

~Jonathan Swift

“Ya know, the Bible is the Bible and if you live in these United States then your Bible most likely has the same basic layout as the four different versions in my library. So when I can look in the Bible and see that it (not me) says that homosexuality is a sin, then it probably says the same thing in yours. It also says I can beat my wife if she gets out of line or speaks her mind, and that I must sacrifice animals on a burning alter in order to atone for my sins. So why is it that because the guy that bowed out of doing the benediction at Obama’s inauguration is getting slammed for preaching a portion of the Bible he feels is important? Why is there a prayer at the inauguration at all? Why is it a Christian prayer? Why in English? I’m pretty sure all of these issues could be avoided if we just paid attention to the 1st Amendment and pay specific attention to the part that calls attention to “respecting an establishment of religion”. One of this government’s jobs is to protect our right to believe how we wish, without deference to any particular religion, and continuing to have opening prayers and benedictions loaded with political correctness is both unconstitutional and lacking in backbone. Also, defining what a Christian should be, or what a Christian should believe, is not the job of the government. And lambasting a preacher for believing in a concept the Bible teaches in a small handful of the many, beautifully written passages therein is simply an ignorant waste of energy. Every person lives the portions of their respective religions with which they are most comfortable. Not all agree, but we must all respect their rights to believe the way they do. And that’s also why religion is to be protected by government, not taught by it.”

~Jacob Frasier

“When I was a kid I lost both my parents. Freak thing, ten years old- BANG! – mortality. So I grew up livin’ real hard; racing cars, smoking, drinking, sleeping with any girl I could find… Real stupid, dangerous lifestyle… then I turned eleven.”

~ Scene from Mindhunters

“Just because you are a statistic, it doesn’t mean that your life’s worth is in anyway diminished. Statistics add reference, not value. Ergo, vis-à-vis, concordantly, etc…”

~ Jacob Frasier

“Love makes fools of us all.”

~ Salem, S3E3

“The truth will out.”

~ Shakespeare

“She is so over the hill that she is below sea level.”

~ from the movie Valentino

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.”

~ James Madison

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

“Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

~ Nietzsche

“Pompous tools run the world.”

~ scene from Madam Secretary

“He is not deceived who knows himself to be deceived.”

~ Legal maxim

“Beware the fury of a patient man.”

~ John Dryden

“Any day you wake up, maybe you die.”

~ The Wheel of Time, book 11, ch 19

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