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Page last updated: May 14, 2014

(See newest quotes toward the bottom, marked "New". I'll eventually reverse their order so that new quotes go at the top. -- Sangi)

Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

"Damnant quod non intelligunt" -- Latin proverb ("They condemn what they do not understand.")

"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

"Only the stupid bring a sword to a gunfight." -- Sanguinarius (Me)

"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism." -- Theodore Roosevelt

"In Germany, they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't in a union. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up". -- Pastor Martin Niemoller

"'An eye for an eye' only makes everyone blind." -- Ithril

"Don't mistake the fact that we haven't set you on fire in your sleep, for trust." -- Damon Salvatore

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." -- Ronald Reagan

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.” -- Frederick Douglass

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” -- e. e. cummings

"You can never have too many cats...until you have too many cats." -- Kelsey Scott

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." -- Attributed to Sigmund Freud [Note: What Freud actually said was, "Sometimes a pipe is just a pipe," but 'cigar' sounds better.]

"For the record, I am not a reptilian." -- Michelle Belanger, PRS Radio interview, Paranormal Research Society, 2012-03-08

"Better the devil you know than the devil you don't." -- English Proverb

"We live in the land of the free only because of the brave." -- castingold (on eBay)

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain." -- Unknown

"I've always been crazy but it's kept me from goin' insane." -- Waylon Jennings, "I've Always Been Crazy"

New!"I think we should all strive to take communication we find ambiguous to be given with positive intent, attempt to learn about who is communicating with us in order to understand them better, and refrain from commenting at all before we get our first cup of coffee in the morning." -- SpamGirl, IRC <----This quote should be standard policy and quote on all message boards and forums, and emails -- anywhere, really! It's just a good policy.

 

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