Quotes

“Make yourself.”
– Incubus

“God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us.”
– Niccolo Machiavelli

“The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. ”
– Niccolo Machiavelli

“The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.”
– Niccolo Machiavelli

“The question is not who is going to let me. It is who is going to stop me.”
– Ayn Rand

“The driving dream of the idealist is that if he could only explain enough things to enough people, carefully enough, thoroughly enough, thoughtfully enough – why, eventually everyone would see, and then everything would be fixed.”
– Michael Kelly

“We all need and require self-esteem. Bringing others down a notch or two, rather than lifting oneself through effort, accomplishment and character, is an all too common approach.”
– Dr. Michael J. Hurd

“Writing is thinking on paper.”
– Gary Bencivenga

“All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Egoism is the very essence of a noble soul.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Faith: not wanting to know what is true.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worse, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

“Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.”

“”Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.”
– Ayn Rand

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”
– Ayn Rand

To say “I love you”, one must first be able to say the “I.”
– Ayn Rand

“Happiness is the state of achievement that proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.”
– Ayn Rand

“A culture is made or destroyed by its articulate voices.”
– Ayn Rand

“The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.”
– Thucydides

“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.”
– Thomas Sowell

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
– Thomas Sowell

“The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”
– Thomas Sowell

“The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.”
– Thomas Sowell

“The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.”
– Thomas Sowell

“There are only two ways of telling the complete truth – anonymously and posthumously.”
– Thomas Sowell

“What ‘multiculturalism’ boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.”
– Thomas Sowell

No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: “But what would you replace it with?” When you put out a fire, what do you replace that with?
– Thomas Sowell

“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”
– Thomas Sowell

“American prosperity and American free enterprise are both highly unusual in the world, and we should not overlook the possibility that the two are connected.”
– Thomas Sowell

“Those things that help human beings be independent and self-reliant—whether automobiles, guns, the free market, or vouchers—provoke instant hostility from the anointed.”
– Thomas Sowell

“He who knows how will always work for he who knows why.”
– David Lee Roth

“People come out of our concerts and feel invincible. They feel like a building could fall on them, nothing would happen. They feel like a car could hit them, nothing would happen. Frequently cars do hit them.”
– David Lee Roth

“I feel like a shining example. I just don’t know of what.”
– David Lee Roth

“Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?”
– Thomas Jefferson

“I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“Obama’s ancestry and upbringing are irrelevant. But the fact that he is trying to claim that black, American descendants of slaves are “his people” and that his birth itself was the result of civil rights marches and laws that happened after he was born is plain old-fashioned dishonesty.”
– John T. Reed

“The spouting of catchy, meaningless slogans is widespread. The practice of stopping to think about whether they really mean anything is not.”
– John T. Reed

“Obama’s economic advisors are going to tell him that raising taxes, enacting protectionist laws, and intervening in the economy will make the economy worse and get him thrown out of office in 2012, if not before. They will recommend lowering taxes, cutting spending, expanding free trade. Obama will say, “But you are telling me to continue the failed Bush policies, to do what McCain said he would do!” Yes, Barack. The campaign is over and so is campaign bullshit. Now you really have to run the economy and the Republican policies are the correct ones.”
– John T. Reed

“I think a big part of the problem is that our citizens are ignorant of economics, markets, free enterprise, and business. Furthermore, our college students have long been the targets of socialist indoctrination by America’s college professors and to a lesser extent by our public school union teachers. In the public schools, the problem is less socialist indoctrination than just plain lousy education and ignorance. But this has allowed us to evolve into a situation where when there is a speed bump in free markets, like gas price increases or falling stock market indexes, our citizens want free markets replaced with government-run markets. “Government-run markets” is a contradiction in terms. Cuba has such a system. We will be far worse off if we go that way and we seem to be doing just that.”
– John T. Reed in his excellent article on the 2008 financial meltdown

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm– but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.”
T.S. Eliot

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