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Teague, Jr.
Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.

Teale, Edwin Way
It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money as long as you have got it.

1953 - from his book Circle of the Seasons
Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Virtue must shape itself in deed.

1885 - from "Tiresias"
A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.

1625 - from "Of Empire" in Essays
Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite the sounding furrows: for my purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset, and the baths of all the western stars... One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

1833 - from "Ulysses" in the first edition of Poems
Thatcher, Margaret
Not every capitalist had my confidence in capitalism. I remember a meeting in Opposition with City experts who were clearly taken aback at my desire to free their market. 'Steady on!', I was told. Clearly a world without exchange controls in which markets rather than governments determined the movement of capital left them distictly uneasy. They might have to take risks.

1995 - from The Downing Street Years
No theory of government was ever given a fairer test or a more prolonged experiment in a democratic country than democratic socialism recieved in Britain. Yet it has been a miserable failure in every respect. Far from reversing the slow relative decline of Britain vis-a-vis its main industrial comepetitors, it accelerated it. We fell further behind them, until by 1979 we were widely dismissed as 'the sick man of Europe.'

1995 - from The Downing Street Years
I was brought up by a Victorian Grandmother. We were taught to work jolly hard. We were taught to prove yourself; we were taught self reliance; we were taught to live within our income. You were taught that cleanliness is next to Godliness. You were taught self respect. You were taught always to give a hand to your neighbour. You were taught tremendous pride in your country. All of these things are Victorian values. They are also perennial values. You donít hear so much about these things these days, but they were good values and they led to tremendous improvements in the standard of living.

1983 - LBJ Radio, quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
If your only opportunity is to be equal then it is not opportunity.

Nov. 28, 1986 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
We want a society in which we are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. That is what we mean by a moral society - not a society in which the State is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the State.

Mar. 14, 1977 - from a speech at Zurich University, quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale



We do not believe that if you cut back what Government does you diminish its authority. On the contrary, a government that did less, and therefore did better, would strengthen its authority.

Oct. 14, 1977 - from a speech at a Conservative Party conference, quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
We must learn again to be one nation, or one day we shall be no nation.

1978 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Iron entered my soul. You need a touch of steel. Otherwise you become like India rubber.

Mar. 01, 1980 - from an interview on BBC Radio, quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
You can strike your way down, but you have to work your way up.

1983 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if heíd only had good intentions. He had money as well.

1986 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
There is no such thing as Society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.

1987 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Many of our troubles are due to the fact that our people turn to politicians for everything.

1979 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Why do you climb philosophical hills? Because they are worth climbing... There are no hills to go down unless you start from the top.

Aug. 8, 1986 - quoted in the Wall Street Journal
In a Socialist society, parents should be seen and not heard.

Oct. 10, 1975 - from a speech at a Conservative Party conference, quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Marxists get up early to further their cause. We must get up even earlier to defend our freedom.

May. 01, 1978 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale



The legal system we have and the rule of law are far more responsible for our traditional liberties than any system of one man one vote. Any country or Government which wants to proceed towards tyranny starts to undermine legal rights and undermine the law.

1966 - from a speech at a Conservative Party conference, quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Freedom under the law must never be taken for granted.

1975 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Choice is the essence of ethics. If there were no choice there would be no ethics, no good, no evil. Good and evil only have meaning in so far as man is free to choose.

1977 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
I donít believe they [the voters] want a government to be so flexible it becomes invertebrate. You donít want a government full of flexi-toys.

1985 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
I am not a consensus politician - Iím a conviction politician.

1979 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be near to understanding the problems of running a nation.

May. 08, 1979 - quoted from The Observer in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
[Pierre Trudeau] Pierre, youíre being obnoxious. Stop acting like a naughty schoolboy.

1981 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
[Brian Mulroney] As leader of the Progressive Conservatives I thought he put too much emphasis on the adjective and not enough on the noun.

1993 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Pennies don't fall from heaven - they have to be earned here on earth.

Nov. 01, 1979 - quoted in The Sunday Telegraph
It pays to know the enemy, not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.




Object to merit and distinction, and you're setting your face against quality, independence, originality, genius against all the richness and variety of life. When you hold back the successful, you penalize those who need help.

1973 - cited by Penny Junor in Margaret Thatcher (1983), Sidgwick and Jackson
Iím extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

Any party should be wary of making too many detailed promises of a non-political nature.

Feb. 1, 1969 - from "Consensus or Choice?", published in the London Daily Telegraph, re-published at margaretthatcher.com
The political and economic structure in which we live has been changing in a way which seems to take less account of people and more of economic theories and systems... Central control, statistical returns, regulations, taxes, levies and demands from the Government for yet more information are part of the daily round. What place is left for the individual?

Feb. 20, 1969 - from "Participation - in what?", published in the London Daily Telegraph, re-published at margaretthatcher.com
Politicians must be... wary of political ideologies. It is not our business to plan the educational system as a sociological abstraction... "Equality of opportunity" is a poor guide if it means the same mediocre schooling for all.

Jan. 30, 1975 - from "My Kind of Tory Party", published in the London Daily Telegraph, re-published at margaretthatcher.com
Let us look... at what the collectivists call "public enterprise." ... Invariably the enterprise took place years ago. The state merely takes over a going concern, usually when all the enterprise has been knocked out of it.

Jul. 1, 1975 - from "Competitive Enterprise or State Bureaucracy", published in the London Guardian, re-published at margaretthatcher.com
Even I sometimes find it hard to remember how truly dreadful conditions in socialist Britain were. Inflation then at over 25 per cent; now under three per cent. Top rate income tax then at 83 per cent - 40 per cent now. Nationalised industries then losing £50 million a week; privatised industries now contributing nearly £60 million a week to the Exchequer. Industrial relations transformed. Productivity transformed. Reputation transformed.

Apr. 1, 1997 - outlining the successes of her government in "The Boneless Wonder of New Labour", published in the London Daily Telegraph, re-published at margaretthatcher.com
Socialism's results have ranged between the merely shabby and the truly catastrophic - poverty, strife, oppression and, on the killing fields of communism, the deaths this century of perhaps 100 million people. Against that doctrine was set a contrary, conservative belief in a law-governed liberty. It was this view which triumphed with the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. Since then, the Left has sought rehabilitation by distancing itself from its past.

Oct. 1, 1999 - from "Well Done Tony! You've Given William His Chance!", published in the London Daily Telegraph, re-published at margaretthatcher.com
We should back the workers, not the shirkers.

attributed
Let our children grow tall, and some taller than others if they have it in them to do so.

1975



Wars are not caused by the buildup of weapons. They are caused when an aggressor believes he can achieve his objectives at an acceptable price.

Feb. 20, 1985 - from a speech to the U.S. Congress
The Labour Party believes in turning workers against owners; we believe in turning workers into owners.

1987 - from an election rally speech
Hope is no basis for a defense policy.

Oct. 14, 1988 - from a speech to a Conservative Party conference
Communist regimes were not some unfortunate aberration, some historical deviation from a socialist ideal. They were the ultimate expression, unconstrained by democratic and electoral pressures, of what socialism is all about. ... In short, the state [is] everything and the individual nothing.

Mar. 08, 1981 - from a speech
Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot.

1991 - from a speech to the Heritage Foundation
With free trade you can have both large-scale economic efficiency and small-scale political decentralization.

1991 - from a speech to the Heritage Foundation
Freedom is not synonymous with an easy life. ... There are many difficult things about freedom: It does not give you safety, it creates moral dilemmas for you; it requires self-discipline; it imposes great responsibilities; but such is the nature of Man and in such consists his glory and salvation.

from Right Thinking
Let me give you my vision: A man's right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state as servant and not as master. These are the British inheritance. They are the essence of a free country, and on that freedom all of our other freedoms depend.

For those of you waiting with baited breath for the favorite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say... U-turn if you want to, the Lady's not for turning.

1980 - from a speech to the Conservative Party conference
In the Conservative Party we have no truck with outmoded Marxist doctrine about class warfare. For us it is not who you are, who your family is or where you come from that matters, but what you are and what you can do for your country that counts.

1984



We who are living in the west today are fortunate. Freedom has been bequeathed to us. We have not had to carve it out of nothing; we have not had to pay for it with our lives. But it would be a grave mistake to think that freedom requires nothing of us. Each of us has to earn freedom anew in order to possess it. We do so not just for our own sake, but for the sake of our children, so that they may build a better future that will sustain over the world the responsibilities and blessings of freedom.

... you have to watch and make sure you donít frighten people in politics. The power of fear is very great. Youíve got to know that. People have reason to fear the actions of the government, no matter what the government, so always factor in fear.

Feb. 10, 2000 - from a speech at a Claremont Institute dinner
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.

I do think we have accomplished the revival of the philosophy and principles of a free society, and the acceptance of it. And that is absolutely the thing I live for.

from a speech to the Centre for Policy Studies in London
Popular capitalism is on the march ... Of course, there will always be people who, in the name of morality, sneer at this and call it 'materialism'. But isn't it moral that people should want to improve the material standard of living of their families, by their own effort? Isn't it moral that families should work for the means to look after their old folk? Isn't it moral that people should save, so as to be responsible for themselves? ... And it is for Government to work with that grain in human nature to strengthen the strand of responsibility and independence: it benefits the family; it benefits the children; it is the essence of freedom.

1987 - from a speech to the Scottish Conservatives
Socialists have been able to persuade themselves and many others that a free economy based on profit embodies and encourages self-interest, which they see as selfish and bad, whereas they claim socialism is based on, and nurtures, altruism and selflessness. This is baseless nonsense in theory and practice. ... For man is a social creature, born into family, clan, community, nation, brought up in mutual dependence. The founders of our religion made this a cornerstone of morality. The admonitions 'Love thy neighbour as thyself' and 'Do as you would be done by' express this. They do not denigrate self, or elevate love of others above it. On the contrary, they see concern for self and responsibility for self as something to be expected, and ask only that this be extended to others.

quoted in Margaret Thatcher by Peggy Junor, Sidgewick and Johnson, London
... it is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but love of money for its own sake. The spiritual dimension comes in deciding what one does with the wealth. How could we respond to the many calls for help, or invest for the future, or support the wonderful artists or craftsmen whose work also glorifies God, unless we had first worked hard and used our talents to create the necessary wealth?

May 21, 1988 - from "Christianity and Wealth", a speech to the leaders of the Church of Scotland
Any set of social and economic arrangements which is not founded on the acceptance of individual responsibility will do nothing but harm. We are all responsible for our own actions. We cannot blame society if we disobey the law. We simply cannot delegate the exercise of mercy and generosity to others.

May 21, 1988 - from "Christianity and Wealth", a speech to the leaders of the Church of Scotland
I believe politicians must see that religious education has a proper place in the school curriculum. The Christian religion - which, of course, embodies many of the great spiritual and moral truths of Judaism - is a fundamental part of our national heritage. For centuries it has been our very lifeblood. Indeed we are a nation whose ideals are founded on the Bible. Also, it is quite impossible to understand our history or literature without grasping this fact. That is the strong practical case for ensuring that children at school are given adequate instruction in the part which the Judaic-Christian tradition has played in molding our laws, manners, and institution. How can you make sense of Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott, or of the constitutional conflicts of the seventeenth century in both Scotland and England, without some such knowledge?

May 21, 1988 - from "Christianity and Wealth", a speech to the leaders of the Church of Scotland
... I am an enthusiast for democracy ... I take that position, not because I believe majority opinion is inevitably right or true - indeed no majority can take away God-given human rights - but because I believe it most effectively safeguards the value of the individual, and, more than any other system, restrains the abuse of power by the few. And that is a Christian concept.

May 21, 1988 - from "Christianity and Wealth", a speech to the leaders of the Church of Scotland



Conservative governments which increase taxation lose elections.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review
... conservatives above all should never forget, there is more to politics than economics. Indeed, if government is small enough (or even weak enough), the infinite inventiveness of human talent will see to it that, in general, the economics take care of themselves.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review Magazine
If I were to sum up the international conservative position today I would say it was sound but unimaginative. It is sound because there is no need for a fundamental re-thinking of basic principles, as had to happen in the 1970s. It is unimaginative because conservatives have been slow and timid in applying those principles to the new threats that face us today.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review Magazine
In the United States, conservatives are concerned about the judicial imperialism of the courts and the sweeping social and economic changes they have imposed on the country. [They] are right to be so. The idea of courts as independent agencies of social and political change is inconsistent with democracy. The framework within which this controversy takes place is different in Britain. We see an even more far-reaching attack launched by the New Labour government and its left-wing allies on the foundations of our Constitution. One part of this program of rationalizing change, significantly, is the extension of that judicial review which is causing so much trouble here. Another is the attempt to replace our traditional first-past-the-post electoral system by those who would prefer to have horse-trading politicians choose governments, rather than leave that choice to voters.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review Magazine
... conservatives applaud attachment to the values and institutions which unite us -- and that means promoting and protecting a sense of national identity.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review Magazine
... the undermining of our traditional educational systems, which has gone on longer in Britain but which in the New Age of political correctness seems to have gone into overdrive [in North America], is now a grave danger. It threatens the collective memory of our society, from which its habits and even its identity flow. When a Stanford University English professor describes Milton as 'an ass [and] ... a sexist pig,' and when Shakespeare is on the syllabus of Duke University (in the words of another professor) only to illuminate the way seventeenth-century society mistreated women, the working class, and minorities -- we can say that university education is effectively coming to an end.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review Magazine
Be warned. A powerful, radical left-wing clerisy is bent on destroying what every past generation would have understood to be the central purpose of education -- that is, allowing (in the words of Edmund Burke) individuals to 'avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations, and of ages.' A society needs only one generation to abandon the task of learning and transmitting its culture, for that culture to become an alien, lifeless irrelevance.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review Magazine
... the unconditional supply of social benefits to those who were thought incapable of coping undermined the incentive to work and undercut the family unit. It promoted habits of idleness and delinquency. It permitted single-parenthood to become a financially sustainable, alternative way of life. By undermining the self-respect of so many of the most vulnerable members of society -- the respectable poor struggling for decency against the odds -- the dependency culture weakened society as a whole.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review Magazine
Like a giant refrigerator that had finally broken down after years of poor maintenance, the Soviet empire in its collapse released all the ills of ethnic, social and political backwardness which it had frozen in suspended animation for so long. ... The moral vacuum created by communism in everyday life was filled for some by a revived Orthodox Church, but for others by the rise in crime, corruption, gambling, and drug addiction - all contributing to a spreading ethic of luck, a belief that economic life is a zero-sum game, and an irrational nostalgia for a totalitarian order without totalitarian methods.

Mar. 09, 1996 - from her John Findlay Green lecture delivered at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri
The West is not just some Cold War construct, devoid of significance in today's freer, more fluid world. It rests upon distinctive values and virtues, ideas and ideals, and above all upon a common experience of liberty.

Mar. 09, 1996 - from her John Findlay Green lecture delivered at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri



The Apostle, John
The truth shall make you free.

from The Bible, John 8:32
The Charter  
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.

1982 - from Section 7. The Canadian Bill of Rights (1960) included rights to "enjoyment of property" and "due process of law" in its recognition of basic rights... the Charter does not.
Thoday, J.M.
...there are grave dangers in basing policies such as affirmative action on the assumption that all differences arise from environmental causes and all individuals are of identical potential.

1981 - from an essay in the journal Nature
It is not true that everyone can reach the same academic standards if provided with adequate opportunities, and the heritability of IQ is a partial measure of that untruth.

1973 - from an essay in the journal Nature
Thomas, Cal
If the government had not been so insistent in tearing down the moral code that used to protect us in this country, perhaps more people might be able to judge right from wrong for themselves.

When I was young, my parents never worried that I might learn something bad from "Buffalo Bob'' and Shari Lewis. Television was a welcome guest in our home. You could even watch the news as a family. Other shows -- like "Kukla, Fran and Ollie,'' "Ding Dong School'' and "Romper Room'' -- taught children right from wrong and instilled positive moral and patriotic values. Some scoff at such things today, but it might be argued that the rejection of those values has led to many of our present predicaments.

Aug. 10, 1998 - from "Endangered Species", published in Jewish World Review
There are political points to be made by pitting us against each other. People have access to federal resources if they are part of a victim class. Their political clout is increased if they can join groups and petition politicians for a redress of their grievances, promising votes to the candidate or party that offers the most goodies.

Jul. 17, 1998 - from "One Nation? Indivisible?", published in Jewish World Review
If we will not be constrained from within by the power of God, we must be constrained from without by the power of the State...

Mar. 1995 - from an article in Harper's magazine
The lack of any personal accountability to a moral code has made immorality respectable in our nation. There is at times little in the press, in the entertainment industry, or in our institutions of higher (lower?) learning that can lift us up or cause us to realize that we have fallen. All of the voices are coming from below, rather than from above.

1990 - from The Death of Ethics in America
Since the sixties, college professors have taken up political causes as a profession, using the classroom to denounce falsehood and injustice while teaching that truth and justice are illusions.

from "The Sixties Are Dead: Long Live the Nineties", a presentation at Hillsdale College



We have rediscovered in the nineties that democracy is moral before it is political and that social order is the public evidence of private conscience.

from "The Sixties Are Dead: Long Live the Nineties", a presentation at Hillsdale College
When we look around us, our values and convictions sometimes seem fragile and tenuous, like a small flame in the strong wind. In reality, these moral laws have all the certainty of physical laws.

from "The Sixties Are Dead: Long Live the Nineties", a presentation at Hillsdale College
Thomas, Clarence
... I [do not] believe gadget ideas such as enterprise zones are of any consequence when blacks who live in blighted areas know that crime, not lack of tax credits, is the problem. Blacks are not stupid.

Oct. 1991 - from an article in Policy Review magazine
Race-conscious remedies are dangerous. We were raised to survive in spite of government-sanctioned bigotry.

A good argument diluted to avoid criticism is not nearly as good as the undiluted argument, because we best arrive at truth through a process of honest and vigorous debate. Arguments should not sneak around in disguise, as if dissent were somehow sinister. One should not cowed by criticism. In my humble opinion, those who come to engage in debates of consequence, and who challenge accepted wisdom, should expect to be treated badly. Nonetheless, they must stand undaunted. That is required. And that should be expected. For it is bravery that is required to secure freedom.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
If we are to be a nation of laws and not of men, judges must be impartial referees who defend constitutional principles from attempts by particular interests (or even the people as a whole) to overwhelm them.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
A judge must attempt to keep at bay those passions, interests, and emotions that beset every frail human being. A judge is not a legislator, for whom it is entirely appropriate to consider personal and group interests. The ideal of justice is to be blind to such things.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
When struggling to find the right answer to a case, judges should adopt principles of interpretation and methods of analysis that reduce judicial discretion. Reducing discretion is the key to fostering judicial impartiality.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
On matters of consequence, reasons and arguments must be of consequence.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
It does no good to argue ideas with those who will respond as brutes.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute



... there is much wisdom that requires no genius. It takes no education and no great intellect to know that it is best for children to be raised in two parent families. Yet, those who dare say this are often accused of trying to impose their values on others. This condemnation does not rest on some great body of counterevidence; it is purely and simply an in-your-face response. It is, in short, intimidation. For brutes, the most effective tactic is to intimidate an opponent into the silence of self-censorship.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
There are those things that at one time we all accepted as more important than our comfort or discomfortóif not our very lives: Duty, honor, country! There was a time when all was to be set aside for these.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
We all share a reasonable and, in many ways, admirable, reluctance to leave the safety and peacefulness of private life to take up the larger burdens and challenges of active citizenship. The price is high, and it is easier and more enjoyable to remain within the shelter of our personal lives and our local communities, rather than the larger state. To enter public life is to step outside our more confined, comfortable sphere of life, and to face the broader, national sphere of citizenship. What makes it all worthwhile is to devote ourselves to the common good.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
One might shut up when it doesnít matter, but when it really counts, we are required to put up.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
I do not believe that one should fight over things that donít really matter. But what about those things that do matter? It is not comforting to think that the natural tendency inside us is to settle for the bottom, or even the middle of the stream.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
My view is that judicial power is legitimate only if the constitution is law, which means that the judge applies principles that are both independent of his or her desires and that those principles have been adopted by the political community in one of the ways we recognize as a way of making law. This is the view called originalism, and it is despised by those who want judges to produce results the ratifiers never intended and modern legislatures will not vote.

Dec. 9, 1987 - quoted in the Chicago Tribune
My household was strong, stable, and conservative. God was central. School discipline, hard work, and knowing right from wrong were of the highest priority. ... These were not issues to be debated by keen intellectuals, bellowed about by rousing orators, or dissected by pollsters and researchers. They were a way of life. ... Unlike today, we debated no one about our way of life. We lived it.

quoted by Edwin Meese introducing Thomas at a Heritage Foundation lecture, Feb. 1, 1998
I was raised to survive under the totalitarianism of segregation, not only without the active assistance of government but with its active opposition ... Self-sufficiency and spiritual and emotional security were our tools to carve out and secure freedom. Those who attempt to capture the daily counseling, oversight, common sense, and vision of my grandparents in a governmental program are engaging in sheer folly. Government cannot develop individual responsibility....

1987 - from a speech to the Heritage Foundation
There is a tendency among young upwardly mobile, intelligent minorities today to forget. We forget the sweat of our forefathers. We forget the blood of the marchers, the prayers and hope of our race. We forget who brought us into this world. We overlook who put food in our mouths and clothes on our backs. We forget commitment to excellence. We procreate with pleasure and retreat from the responsibilities of the babies we produce. We subdue, we seduce, but we don't respect ourselves, our women, our babies. How do we expect a race that has been thrown into the gutter of socio-economic indicators to rise above these humiliating circumstances if we hide from responsibility for our own destiny?

Jun. 09, 1985 - from a speech at Savannah State College
I am of the view that black Americans will move inexorably and naturally toward conservatism when we stop discouraging them; when they are treated as a diverse group with differing interests; and when conservatives stand up for what they believe in rather than against blacks. This is not a prescription for success, but rather an assertion that black Americans know what they want, and it is not timidity and condescension. Nor do I believe gadget ideas such as enterprise zones are of any consequence when blacks who live in blighted areas know that crime, not lack of tax credits, is the problem. Blacks are not stupid. And no matter how good an idea or propsal is, no one is going to give up the comfort of the leftist status quo as long as they view conservatives as antagonistic to their interests, and conservatives do little or nothing to dispel the perception.

Oct. 1991 - from an article I Policy Review