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#1 Mar 24, 2012
GREAT TRUTHS

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.
-- John Adams

2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.
-- Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.
-- Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
-- Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
-- James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
-- Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at GeorgetownUniversity

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
-- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
-- Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)

11. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short
phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
-- Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
-- Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!
-- P.J. O'Rourke

14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
-- Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!
-- Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
-- Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.
-- Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
-- Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings.
The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
-- Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
-- Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress.
-- Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
-- Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
-- Thomas Jefferson

25. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
-- Aesop

26. They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin

FIVE BEST SENTENCES

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for...another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work,because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work,
because somebody else is going to get what they work for,
that is the beginning of the end of any nation!



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Tarboro, NC

#2 Mar 24, 2012
Was on Facebook I would click like.

..........Like..........
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Beckley, WV

#3 Mar 24, 2012
Great quotes. #24 and 26 are two of my all time favorites.

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#4 Mar 25, 2012
cp I agree about those two quotes. As we all know, Jefferson and Franklin were astute observers of human behavior and were active participants of the political system, which gave them immense true life resources from which to draw their conclusions.
Many of the people above were "rich" in the use of words and enriched us with their sharing.
Great statements from history's past and so many of them still "ring" true today.

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#5 Mar 25, 2012
GREAT TRUTHS (continued):

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State.
--Thomas Jefferson

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.
--Thomas Jefferson

Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.
--Thomas Jefferson

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
--Thomas Jefferson

My opinion is that there would never have been an infidel, if there had never been a priest. The artificial structures they have built on the purest of all moral systems, for the purpose of deriving from it pence and power, revolts those who think for themselves, and who read in that system only what is really there.
--Thomas Jefferson

Priests...dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live.
--Thomas Jefferson

And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.
--Thomas Jefferson

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#6 Mar 25, 2012
GREAT TRUTHS (continued):

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
--Benjamin Franklin

"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
--Benjamin Franklin

"In the affairs of the world, men are saved not by faith, but by the lack of it."
--Benjamin Franklin

"I looked around for God's judgments, but saw no signs of them."
--Benjamin Franklin



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#7 Mar 25, 2012
GREAT TRUTHS (continued):

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole cartloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity."
--John Adams

"God is an essence that we know nothing of. Until this awful blasphemy is got rid of, there will never be any liberal science in the world."
--John Adams

"Have you considered that system of holy lies and pious frauds that has raged and triumphed for 1,500 years?"
--John Adams

"This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it."
--John Adams

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#8 Mar 25, 2012
GREAT TRUTHS (continued):

"Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion--several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven....The higher animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste."
--Mark Twain

"I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's."
--Mark Twain

"Man is kind enough when he is not excited by religion."
--Mark Twain

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#9 Mar 25, 2012
1daydreamer wrote:
Many of the people above were "rich" in the use of words and enriched us with their sharing.
So true ...

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#10 Mar 25, 2012
Natalie_ wrote:
<quoted text>
So true ...
My soul feels so great when I feel the holy Ghost in my body.
Then I know when I die,only the flesh of my body dies.And when time is no more for flesh and Blood I and all that has been born again live forever more in a glorified body.
Roten Cooper.
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Beckley, WV

#11 Mar 25, 2012
Natalie, you are aware that Thomas Jefferson held church in the rotunda of the capital, had the marine corps band come and play at church services when he did not like the music being played and took money from the federal treasury to pay for missionaries to the Indians. Jefferson's view on religion changed greatly later in life after the loss of his life and the loss of a dear personal friend. the wall of seperation statement was taken from a letter to the Baptist Church in Damford CT assuring them that the federal government would not impose any religion on them. Jefferson's action certainly showed that he was not hostile to religion.
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Beckley, WV

#12 Mar 25, 2012
The founders were opposed to the federal goverment imposing a state law, but had no problem with states have a state church, as many of them did. That is how you ended up with so many Baptists and Methodists in WV, they were escaping religious persecution in VA, whose official church was the Anglican Church.
I am not familiar with these quotes from John Adams, I think they must be taken out of context as he was a very religious man. I am going to have to look those up.
Everyone knows Mark Twain was not a friend of organized religion, but come to think of it, neither was Jesus Christ.

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#13 Mar 25, 2012
I think it's comical the way both the right and left lay claim to our founding fathers based on different quotes. Somehow I think our founding fathers would find it so too, especially Benjamin Franklin.

One of the best bios I have ever read - "John Adams" by David McCullough. The man's been dead almost 200 years and at the end of the book I felt bereft and cried.

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#14 Mar 25, 2012
Love how some people have to play BIG ME...little god. Why the so much fear of something you cannot see or do not believe in that you want to destroy the peace others find with their belief?
Like I said before, I am not a practicing Christian, but I respect their belief. If you want to add to this discussion fine, but the best thing to do would be start your own thread for athiestic beliefs and liberal politics. See how many various posters you get. Of course you can always resort to posting under an assumed name to up the numbers. Have a nice afternoon ladies.

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#15 Mar 25, 2012
1daydreamer wrote:
Love how some people have to play BIG ME...little god. Why the so much fear of something you cannot see or do not believe in that you want to destroy the peace others find with their belief?
Like I said before, I am not a practicing Christian, but I respect their belief. If you want to add to this discussion fine, but the best thing to do would be start your own thread for athiestic beliefs and liberal politics. See how many various posters you get. Of course you can always resort to posting under an assumed name to up the numbers. Have a nice afternoon ladies.
Just because you started this topic doesn't mean that you OWN it. Usually when people start a topic they want feedback. Get used to people disagreeing with you....it's the spice of life.

BTW, how is posting other quotes from the same people you posted quotes from destroying the peace that "others find with their belief"? If somebody saying something could destroy my belief in something then I doubt that belief was very deeply held.

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#16 Mar 25, 2012
Did I say I owned it? Have fun with it. That is exactly why it is posted. You and a few others have a great desire to insert negativity into everything posted by anyone but yourselves. So please continue to do what you do naturally. Have a nice evening.
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Beckley, WV

#17 Mar 25, 2012
Will anyone be quoting any of these bafoons that we have as politicians today, 200 years from now?
I doubt it.

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#18 Mar 25, 2012
1daydreamer wrote:
Did I say I owned it? Have fun with it. That is exactly why it is posted. You and a few others have a great desire to insert negativity into everything posted by anyone but yourselves. So please continue to do what you do naturally. Have a nice evening.
But you say we should start our own topic....which is it?

Just trying to help you know yourself.

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#19 Mar 25, 2012
Since Obama was our first black president, and he can be very elequent, I expect he will be quoted a lot.
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Oceana, WV

#20 Mar 25, 2012
"If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows."
-- Ronald Reagan
On his trickle down economic theories

(the Eat Sh!t economics for the common american)

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