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Truth is by its very nature intolerant, exclusive, for every truth is the denial of its opposing error.

attributed to Luthard
Those who attack the rationale of the game, and not the players, are its most formidable adversaries.

attributed to James M. Martin
A conservative is a liberal that's been mugged. A libertarian is a conservative that's been audited.

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

All extremes are error. The reverse of error is not truth, but error still. Truth lies between extremes.

attributed to Cecil
He who will, cannot , he who can, will not; he who does, knows not, and he who knows, does not - and thus the world runs badly.

quoted by William Gairdner
Ubi dubium ibi libertas: Where there is doubt, there is freedom.

Latin proverb
If you're not lighting any candles, don't complain about the dark.

The open-minded see the truth in different things: the narrow-minded see only the differences.

In great matters men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small matters, as they are.

attributed to Gamaliel Bradford
Nobody believes the official spokesman ... but everybody trusts an unidentified source.

attributed to Ron Nesen
Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.

Polish proverb
They that govern the most make the least noise.

attributed to John Seldon, 1689
Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.

If you don't care where you are, then you aren't lost... until you begin to care.

You can't control the length of your life, but you can control its width and depth.

The law respects form less than substance.

attributed to the California Civil Code, "Maxims of Jurisprudence"
That which does not appear to exist is to be regarded as if it did not exist.

attributed to the California Civil Code, "Maxims of Jurisprudence"
All dogmas perish the thinking mind, especially ones you agree with.

attributed to "Adam Richardson"

A closed mind is like a closed book, just a block of wood.

Chinese proverb
A well-beaten path does not always make the right road.

To get nowhere, follow the crowd.

Reforms come from the bottom. No man with four aces requests a new deal

When you don't have an education, you have to use your brains.

attributed to Frank Baer
Where facts are few, experts are many.

attributed to Donald R. Gannon
Climb mountains to see lowlands.

Chinese proverb
The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind.

attributed to John Allston Peace
[Examples of "proof" too frequently offered] Proof by accumulated evidence: Long and diligent search has not revealed a counterexample. Proof by eminent authority: I saw Karp in the elevator and he said it was probably complete. Proof by funding: How could three different government agencies be wrong? Proof by importance: A large body of useful consequences all follow from the proposition in question. Proof by intimidation: Trivial. Proof by omission: The reader may easily supply the details. The other 253 cases are analogous.

Theory: when you have ideas. Ideology: when ideas have you.

The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.

Hungarian proverb
Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.

The chief deduction most people make from their income tax is that government costs too darned much.

attributed to Walt Streightiff
First Job of Government: Protect people from govermment. Second Job of Government: Protect people from each other. It must never be the job of government to protect people from themselves.

... idealism is sometimes the only way to achieve an important practical result. Some [people] will take this idealism seriously, and come to value their freedom strongly enough to help defend it when it is threatened. And that is what our community needs more than anything else.

Apr. 6, 1999 - attributed to Richard M. Stallman
The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.

Chinese proverb
One way to reduce taxes is to hold elections every year because there never seem to be tax increases in an election year.

Nothing is politically right when it is morally wrong.

One of the disadvantages of our democracy is the minority has the say and the majority has to pay.

A little experience often upsets a lot of theory.

attributed to Cadman

If the government wants us to respect the law it should set a better example.

Show me a tax on the rich and I'll show you a tax on the poor.

No one escapes when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cried, 'Appease, appease!' are hanged by those they tried to please.

Freedom has a special meaning for those of us who have fought for it, that the protected shall never know.

attributed to an unidentified U.S. Marine at the siege at Khe Sahn, Vietnam. Published by Tom Vorwald and Detachment #651 Marine Corps League
When a conservative hears of someone in dire straits, he reaches into his pocket. When a liberal hears of the same, he dips into the pockets of the taxpayers.

We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them.

1918 - attributed to a speaker at a meeting of Communist Party educators in Russia
Federal aid is just like a man getting a blood transfusion by taking the blood out of his right arm, putting it in his left arm, and spilling about half of it on the way over.

attributed to Sydney Herlong Jr.
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

Numbers are like people; torture them enough and they'll tell you anything.

To guess is cheap. To guess wrongly is expensive.

Chinese proverb

Two monologues do not make a dialogue.

Practice safe government. Use kingdoms.

We [government officials] lie to you by not telling you things. We don't lie by telling you things that aren't true.

Integrity is a lot like oxygen, the higher you get the less there is of it.

When [erstwhile and wistful Canadian Prime Minister] Joe Clark comes into a room, Conservatives can't make up their minds whether to stand up or to send him out for coffee.

Joe Clark [erstwhile and wistful Canadian Prime Minister]: the day-before-yesterday's man.

Death and taxes will always be with us - but at least death doesn't get worse.

He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

A fellow can't keep people from having a bad opinion of him, but he can keep them from being right about it.

Prejudice is a great time saver. It enables you to form opinions without bothering to get the facts.

Most people, when they come to you for advice, want their opinions strengthened, not corrected.

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.

attributed to George Nathan
Today's public opinion, though it may appear light as air, may become tomorrow's legislation - for better or for worse.

attributed to Earl Newsome
Theory without practice is dead, and practice without theory is blind.

A concept is stronger than a fact.

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

Slovenian proverb
A conservative sees a man drowning fifty feet from shore, throws him twenty-five feet of rope, and tells him to start swimming. A liberal will throw him fifty feet of rope, then drop his end, saying he has to go off to do another good deed.

After all is said and done, a lot more has been said than done.

Old truths, old laws, old boots, old books, and old friends are the best.

Polish proverb
Only when the questions become more important than the answers will the solutions emerge.

The decision doesn't have to be logical, it was unanimous.

Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think.

To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.

It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.

The chief deduction most people make from their income tax is that government costs too darned much.

Attributed to Walt Streightiff
Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.

The most complicated task today is finding a way to live a simple life.

attributed to W.A. Nance
Those who do not do politics will be done in by politics.

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

None but a mule denies his family.

Politics: n. [Poly "many" + tics "blood-sucking parasites"]

Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions.

Lawlessness is the condition in which your adversary refers you to a law he made.

Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.

There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement.

If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.

The ultimate result of shielding men from the results of folly is to fill the world with fools.

It's dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

The welfare state reduces a citizen to a client, subordinates them to a bureaucrat, and subjects them to rules that are anti-work, anti-family, anti-opportunity and anti-property... Humans forced to suffer under such anti-human rules naturally develop pathologies. The evening news is the natural result of the welfare state.

Love your country but fear its government.

We learn from history that we do not learn anything from history.

Democracy is the rule of the easily manipulated mob.

I wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called 'brightness,' but that doesn't work.

It's always easy to see both sides of an issue we are not particularly concerned about.

98% of all statistics are made up.

In politics, friends may come and go but enemies accumulate.

A statesman is a dead politician. Lord knows, we need more statesmen

Cynic: one who not only reads bitter lessons from the past, but who is prematurely disappointed with the future.

We owe it to our ancestors to preserve entire those rights which they have delivered to our care; we owe it to our posterity not to suffer their dearest inheritance to be destroyed.

1769 - attributed to On This Day
The Constitution may not be perfect, but it's a lot better than what the government's using these days.