Various quotes from books and the Internet
All of the following quotes have been in the Quote Box at the top of the 'Hawk's Corner' page at various times.
As they're replaced by new quotes they are moved here and added to the top, with the latest in the Quote Box below.
I have made every effort to verify the authenticity of each one but there might be a couple that I've missed or couldn't verify.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have.
Speech to veterans, Springfield, IL, July 4, 1903
The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves.
-Arnold J. Toynbee
As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose-that it may violate property instead of protecting it-then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder. Political questions will always be prejudicial, dominant, and all-absorbing. There will be fighting at the door of the Legislative Palace, and the struggle within will be no less furious.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere.
The Notebooks of Lazarus Long (1978) by Robert Heinlein (1907-1988), pioneering libertarian science fiction writer.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
As human beings, we are endowed with freedom of choice, and we cannot shuffle off our responsibility upon the shoulders of God or nature. We must shoulder it ourselves. It is our responsibility.
-Arnold J. Toynbee
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.
He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country.
-Theadore Roosevelt - Memphis, TN. October 25, 1905
My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
I would rather be hated for who I am then to be loved for who I am not
Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it. The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle for life, and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger.
-Theadore Roosevelt (1894)
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.
I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
-American Indian Proverb, Cherokee
A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be
treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.
But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an American.
There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.
(To President of the American Defense Society, January 3, 1919; last message, read at meeting in New York, January 5, 1919.)
Mem. Ed. XXIV, 554; Bishop
How far you go in life depends on your being...Tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong...because someday in life you will have been all of these.
-George Washington Carver
What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
-George Bernard Shaw
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.
Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.
Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong, which will be imposed on them, and these will continue till they have been resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.
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