“I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience!” – John Bunyan
“Any citizen who is not involved in politics is not only apathetic…he is useless.” – Plato
“America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” – James Madison, Federalist Paper #41
“The consequences of disunion cannot be too highly colored, or too often exhibited (exposed). Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves Liberty, ought to have it ever before his eyes, that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the union of America, and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it.” – James Madison, Federalist Paper #41
“When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.” – Viktor Frankle
“The Senate must be corrupted before it can attempt an establishment of tyranny.” – Federalist Paper #63
“Before such a revolution [against the Constitution] can be effected, the Senate…must in the first place be corrupt itself; must next corrupt the State legislatures; must then corrupt the House of Representatives and must finally corrupt the people at large.” – Federalist Paper #63
“The people can never willfully betray their own interests; but they may possibly be betrayed by the representatives of the people; and the danger will be evidently the greater where the whole legislative trust is lodged in the hands of one body of men,…” – Federalist Paper #63
“In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of sacrifice.” – Viktor Frankle, Man’s Search for Meaning; p. 113
“Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” -Plato (as quoted by pianist Ann Marie Garrett
“If human beings are deprived of the pleasures of the spirit, they are likely to indulge inordinately in the pleasures of the flesh.” – Aristotle
“In war, failure to lie is negligence, doubting a lie is a misdemeanor, and telling the truth is a felony.” – Falsehoods in War Time by Arthur Posonby, M.P.
“Teasing is thinly disguised anger camouflaged in humor. The root word of sarcasm is “to tear the flesh’. We should not be bees stinging each other.” – Alcoholics Anonymous
“Men must not love their country because it is great. They must make it great because they love it.” – G.K. Chesterton
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some achieve greatness some have greatness thrust upon them.” – Shakespeare in Twelfth Night
“I cannot accept your cannon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men with a favourable presumption that they do no wrong.
“The banking institutions of this nation are more dangerous than an army” – Thomas Jefferson
The dead are not so very far away. They’re just on the other side of the veil. It is us – on this side- who are so very alone.
“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth; only soft soup and wishful thinking to begin, and, in the end, despair.” – C.S. Lewis
“No democracy can exist without the trust of its’ citizenry.”
Sometimes the things that make you a good cop messes you up as a person.
“That which we persist in doing becomes easy to do; not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do so has increased.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The first casualty of war is truth.” – Hiram Johnson, U.S. Senator, 1918
“We will never have peace with the Palestinians until they learn to love their children more than they hate us.” – Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel.
“If God doesn’t punish America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” – Billy Graham
“The perpetuity of this nation depends upon the religious education of the young.” – George Washington
“For if men are denied the right to express their own opinions, reason is of no use; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent, we may be led, like sheep, to the slaughter.” – George Washington, 1783.
“The world needs Don Quixotes. Individuals who prod and nudge us with their words and deeds.” – John Wukovitz in American Commando, p. 273
“Don Quixotes work better alone.”
“Every man is given the key to the gates of heaven. The same key also opens the gates of Hell.” – Budhist Proverb
“The opposite of faith is not heresy…but indifference.” – Elie Wiesel
“A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”
“There’s a struggle that repeats itself throughout history: oppressors against the oppressed. The Thing to know is which side you are on.” – Simon’ Bolivar
“The love of a man for a woman [and a woman for the man] waxes and wanes like the moon. But the love of brother for brother is steadfast as the stars, and endures like the word of the prophet.” -Arabian Proverb (from the movie Beau Geste with Gary Cooper)
Spartan Law: You must treasure freedom above life. Shun pleasure for the sake of virtue. Endure pain and hardship in silence. Obey orders implicitly. Seek the enemies of Greece wherever they may be and fight them fearlessly until victory…or death.”
“You can be sincere and still be stupid.” – Dostoevsky
“He who does not understand that a dead lion is more alive than a living dog will remain a dog.” – Maimonides (and spoken by many Israeli soldiers)
“Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.” – Dostoevsky
“You know spies. A bunch of bitchy little girls.” – Sam (ex-SEAL ) on TV’s Burn Notice
“Knowing that there ARE miracles out there makes fighting through the nightmares worth it.” – Otis’ Podcast #1 on TVs Chicago Fire, Disc 5
“True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous and conflicting information.” – Winston Churchill
“It is always devastating – always a crucifixion. What women (and your children if divorced and older) will never understand is the weight of always being the pursuer. And the pain of every death when it’s a “no”. – from a NetFlix movie
“Do not go gentle into that good night [death]. But rage, rage! Against the dying of the light [life]” – Dylan Thomas
To my children and grandchildren: Your mission in life is to be better than what this world alone has to offer. – Dad / Grandpa
“A great deal of money will be spent on ignorance when the need for delusion is great.” narrator in movie series Klondike
“They do not dare draw the bow, and soon the bowstring is weak.” (Fear causes weakness)
“I know one thing that never dies. The reputation of a dead man.” – Havarmal, the Icelandic Saga
Dear children and grandchildren: Your mission in life is to be better than what this world alone has to offer. You can’t take anything physical with you after your spirit returns to your Heavenly Father – and believe me, you most definitely DO have a Heavenly Father. Act now, make choices now that will make your Heavenly Father proud of you when you return from your mission here on earth and report what you have done with what you have been given: your body, your mind, your talents. Tattooing, drinking alcohol, and smoking are only a few of the “world’s” ways of desecrating the body God, your literal Heavenly Father, has given you to carry out your mission on this earth. Don’t desecrate it. Don’t put graffiti on it or poison in it. It affects your body, mind and spirit when you don’t treat it as the holy and sacred gift it is from God. Don’t follow the world. Follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will be happier than you ever thought possible…and for much, much longer. I love you. Dad
“Do not go where the path may lead. Instead go where there is no path – and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon. He knocks over all the pieces, shits all over the board then struts around like he won the game.” – Vladimir Putin
“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.” – Hannah Arendt
“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
“If God does not exist then everything is permissible.” – Doestoyefsky
“Only real risk passes the reality of faith.” – C.S. Lewis
“Only love …and regret…last forever.”
“No one escapes the chaos of childhood. Growth is painful. Accept it and move on. [and be glad it wasn’t as bad as many others’] – from the movie Adult Children of Divorce
“A disturbed personality is created by constant criticism and complete withholding of affection.” (“Lie to Me” TV series “The Royal We”) [This describes both my upbringing and my marriage.]
“It is the abdication of reason that is the source of moral relativism.” Peter Kreft, professor of philosophy.
“The worship of jackals by jackasses” – H.L. Mencken’s (an author much adored by academicians) description of American democracy…and the elections of Clinton, Bush (the Yale cheerleader), and Obama have made it never more so true.
“Those who refuse to engage in politics will be led by their inferiors” – Plato
“God gives wisdom to humble work.” a Muslim proverb in the outstanding Netflix movie “Captain Abu Raed.”
“It is the strong in body who are both the strong and free in mind” Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson
“There is no justice when even one voice goes unheard” – Proverbs 18: 13
“Pain heals, chicks dig scars and glory lasts forever.”, “If you are part of something great – however, brief – it stays with a man” Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman in the movie “The Replacements” During a team meeting KR as the quarterback was asked what his greatest fear on the field was. “Quicksand” he replied. First one thing goes wrong, and you shake it off. Then another thing goes wrong- then another, and another until you can’t move.”
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. It’s inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill
“Well, when you retire you become somewhat of a Leftist” – former head of Shin Bet
“Victory is Simply the Creation of a Simpler Reality” – Clausewitz
“There are worse things than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Russian poet and essayist Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996)
“No one ever committed suicide by reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one.” – Robert Byrne, author and expert billiard player.
“Prefirio morir en mis pieds que vivir en mis rodillas” (I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees) – Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary (a true patriot of the people) killed by Mexican government troops under a flag of truce.
“He who does not understand that a dead lion is more alive than a living dog will remain a dog.” – Maimonides (and spoken by many Israeli soldiers)
“All wars begin before the first shot is fired and continue long after the last bullet has done its’ job.
” … the structure of our public morality crashed to earth. Above its grave a tombstone read, “Be tolerant–even of evil.” Logically the next step would be to say to our commonwealth’s criminals, “I disagree that it’s all right to rob and murder, but naturally I respect your opinion.” Tolerance is only complacence when it makes no distinction between right and wrong.” Sarah Patton Boyle
“The worst thing about getting old is evil men cease to fear you” Seneca
You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me.” ― Strickland Gillian
“A healthy-minded boy should feel hearty contempt for the coward and even more hearty indignation for the boy who bullies girls or small boys, or tortures animals.”…”What we have a right to expect of the American boy is that he shall turn out to be a good American man.” “The American Boy,” St. Nicholas Magazine, May 1900
“I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied, ‘Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!” ― Minnie Louise Haskins
“Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious.” Albert Einstein
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe .” — Thomas Jefferson
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” — Thomas Jefferson
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” — Thomas Jefferson
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” — Thomas Jefferson
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” — Thomas Jefferson
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” — Thomas Jefferson
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” — Thomas Jefferson
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” — Thomas Jefferson
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” — Thomas Jefferson
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” Thomas Jefferson , 1802
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” Thos. Jefferson
“When a warrior fights not for himself, but for his brothers, when his most passionately sought goal is neither glory nor his own life’s preservation, but to spend his substance for them, his comrades, not to abandon them, not to prove unworthy of them, then his heart truly has achieved contempt for death, and with that he transcends himself and his actions touch the sublime. That is why the true warrior cannot speak of battle save to his brothers who have been there with him. The truth is too holy, too sacred, for words.” – Steven Pressfield
“Islam is more dangerous in a man than rabies in a dog.” Winston Churchill