All of these quotations by the famous and not so famous are ones that have struck me as useful.  They contain a body of wisdom that we all need! I hope they will be useful to the reader as well.

"What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary."  Ralph Waldo Emerson



"Don't ever be dumb enough to vote a tax on yourself."  Clark Knight (my father)



 "Someone who disrespects our flag, has never been handed a folded one....."  Unknown 


"In response to the question asked by Dominic Guido of McKeesport, PA:  'Is everyone in the world entitled to have his or her basic needs met?  If so, how would you achieve this? If not why not?'  Marilyn Vos Savant in Parade Magazine said, 'Entitled by what authority?  No, I don't think we are.  How can we live in freedom and maintain that we're entitled to anything that we can't get without the labor of others?  Remember, if we're entitled to the labor of others, that makes slaves of those others.'"



     "Paying for other cultures to mass immigrate into your country to outbreed and replace you doesn’t make you a more tolerant or better person. It makes you a fool."  Unknown



"When someone doesn't do their job, we have to let them go."  Clint Eastwood (talking about Obama)



   “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” Bernard M. Baruch



"You cannot get the water to clear up until you get the pigs out of the creek."  Mark Twain


"Drain the swamp!"  President Donald J. Trump



   “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

― Maya Angelou


"The only way to correct what's wrong is to talk about it."  Andy Rooney



"One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have had a happy childhood." Agatha Christie



"Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.”  John Wayne



“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” - John Quincy Adams


"The mind replays what the heart can't delete."  Unknown

This was in the Waco Tribune Herald, Waco , TX       PUT ME IN CHARGE . . .

Put me in charge of food stamps.  I'd get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho's, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away.  If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid.  The first thing I'd do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations.  Then, we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine.  If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.  If caught using drugs, then jail will be mandated.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks?  You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair.  Your "home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried.  If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a "government" job.  It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the "common good.."

Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary.  If you want our money, accept our rules.  Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin their "self esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem. [It was also called "theft."  MM]

If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices.  The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

AND While you are on Gov't subsistence, you no longer can VOTE!  Yes, that is correct.  For you to vote would be a conflict of interest.  You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov't welfare check.  If you want to vote, then get a job.




"A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have." - Thomas Jefferson



"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."   C. S. Lewis



   "The Greatest Danger To Our American Freedoms Is A Government That Ignores The Constitution"--- Thomas Jefferson



    "The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do."    Joseph Stalin


"The secret of my success is that at an early age, I discovered that I was not God."  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.



"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow." -- James Madison (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution, 4th US President, Source: "Federalist" # 62

 "The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled,  public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance given to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
- Cicero - 55 BC



"The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." – Margaret Thatcher



   “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ― Elbert Hubbard



"Real patriots ask questions."  Carl Sagan



"The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it."  James M. Barrie  (Author of Peter Pan)


From Will Rogers:

"Never miss a good chance to shut up."

"If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."

"A fool and his money are soon elected."

"If you're riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there."

On growing older:

"Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it."

"The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for."

"When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra."

"One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young."



"There can be no greater stretch of arbitrary power than is required to seize children from their parents, teach them whatever the authorities decree they shall be taught, and expropriate from the parents the funds  to pay for the procedure."  

Charlotte Twight

"The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal

safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men

than himself."  John Stuart Mill 


"To the kindly of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys... Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all which flow from them, must fall with them."  Jedediah Morse


"First God created idiots. That was for practice. Then He created school boards."  Mark Twain



"Let's face it:  Liberals hate real education reform.  After all, a child who cannot read today is a client of their big-government programs tomorrow."

Michael Quinn Sullivan



  "It was in making education not only common to all, but in some sense compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free

  republic of America was practically settled."  James Russell Lowell


  "We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who would pervert the Constitution."   Abraham Lincoln 



   "Never read any book that is not a year old."  Ralph Waldo Emerson



   "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


   "You won't get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens.  There's only one way to get real gun control.  Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up and if you don't actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time...It's a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers.  I happen to know this from personal experience."  Ronald Reagan 





“Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.” —Ann Landers


We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, and 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 every 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.


Teddy Roosevelt January 3, 1919


"When any nation mistrusts its citizens with guns, it is sending a clear message.  It no longer trusts its citizens because such a government has evil plans."   George Washington



   "President Obama,  If the Health Care Reform Plan is so Great, Why does it Exempt YOU, Michelle

   Obama, Congress, Senators, and all of your families?"  Unknown


The following quote came from someone in the Czech Republic:

"The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency.  It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.  The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America.  Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.  The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is after all, merely a fool.  It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president."

 Localizing the thought...

"The danger to the Katy public schools is not Alton Frailey, but a citizenry capable of electing a school board that would hire such a man.  It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of Frailey's superintendency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to  have such a man for their school superintendent.  The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Frailey, who is a mere symptom of what ails America's public schools.  Blaming the local Prince of Fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.  The Katy Independent School District can survive an Alton Frailey, who is, after all, merely a fool.  It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who elected the Board that made him our superintendent."

"In kindergarten and preschool classrooms all over America, tiny young humans are being taught to regiment each other's behavior. Obedient little collectivists are learning to submit to group wishes in order to be judged "correct" -- politically correct. Resistance is futile." Chuck Roge`r



"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." - Samuel Adams


"America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.  Abraham Lincoln


 "We should not forget that the spark which ignited the American Revolution was caused by the British attempt to confiscate the firearms of the colonists."  Patrick Henry

"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away."    Ronald Reagan


"The fact that government would even consider repealing the Second Amendment is the very reason for which it was written." William DeBurgh

"All government, in its essence, is organized exploitation, and in virtually all its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man.... The typical politician is not only a rascal but also a jackass, so he greatly values the puerile notoriety and adulation that sensible men try to avoid." H.L. Mencken Baltimore Evening Sun August 19, 1935

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests”- Patrick Henry

'Controversy equalizes fools and wise men...and the fools know it."  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.



"The purpose of life is not to be happy.  The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.  Happiness, in the ancient, noble verse, means self-fulfillment and is given to those who use to the fullest whatever talents God or luck or fate bestowed upon them."  Leo Rosten

   "If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you're not a racist, you'll have to vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot."    Unknown 


   "If you believe passionately in a stupid thing, it doesn't mean you're passionate... it means you're stupid." Unknown

"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



 One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them,

                                One ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.   --Tolkien 



   Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
   - Charles Mackay

    "It's difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." Upton Sinclair

    "The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”      Dietrich Bonhoeffer



    "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praise-worthy--think about such things." 

     (Phillippians  4:8) 



    "Don't just teach your children to read, teach them to question what they read!  Teach them to question everything!"  George Carlin 



   "We're not creating jobs for the people we have; we're creating people for the jobs we have!"  Mary McGarr in a speech on the goals of School to Work



"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
                                                                               Winston Churchill

   Saul Alinsky's Rule Number 5. "Ridicule Is Man's Most Potent Weapon."  "Maybe it's time our side used it too!"  Mary McGarr

"One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them."  Thomas Sowell

   "The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings."  Thomas Sowell

"The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive."  Thomas Sowell

"Whenever people talk glibly of a need to achieve educational “excellence,” I think of what an improvement it would be if our public schools could just achieve mediocrity."  Thomas Sowell



"The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense."
– Karl Marx, "The Communist Manifesto"



   "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods."  H. L. Mencken

"There was nothing wrong with public education in 1970 when the liberals decided to 'reform' it That fact should be the tip-off that "reform" was not what they were about !"  Mary McGarr

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”


   "Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education."   Bertrand Russell

   "Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe."  Abraham Lincoln

   "One of the things that almost never works is secrecy -- particularly secrecy in the defense of dumbness."  Newt Gingrich

   "When we lose our liberties, it does not happen in one dramatic moment, but gradually and quietly."  John Moss

   "To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."  Theodore Roosevelt

    "There are two things to aim at in life:  first to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it.  Only the wisest of mankind

      achieve the second."   Logan Pearsall Smith

   "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."


Benjamin Franklin



   'First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.'" - Ghandi

"Liberals are not like most Americans. They are the biggest pussies on Earth, city-bred weaklings who didn't play a sport and have never been in a fight in their entire lives. Their mothers made excuses for them when they threw tantrums and spent way too much time praising them during toilet training."  Ann Coulter

"About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful.  It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter.  If all men are created equal, that is final.  If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final.  If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.  No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.  If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people.  Those who wish to proceed in that direction cannot lay claim to progress.  They are reactionary.  Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers."   Calvin Coolidge


“The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer. But since the FOIA, I’m afraid to say things like that.”  Henry Kissinger

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. 
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. 
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. 
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. 
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. 
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. 
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."

... Abraham Lincoln

"I sincerely believe... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale."   Thomas Jefferson

   “Mendacity is a system that we live in.”         - Brick, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”



   "Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance!"  Unknown Author

   "Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example insuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.  Abraham Lincoln.


   "The character of any man is defined by how he treats his mother as the years pass ...."   Unknown 

    "It is no disgrace to start all over.  It is usually an opportunity."   George Matthew Adams


   [I have often said that "one can judge how good a husband will be by how he treats his mother."  Mary McGarr]

“Deficit spending creates a de facto tax hike, because deficits can be repaid only by future tax increases.”

- Ron Paul/US Representative



"The only thing I ask of my government is to protect the borders and deliver the mail, and now they can't seem to do either one!"  Mary McGarr



"Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds
discuss ideas."

--- Eleanor Roosevelt




"The most terrifying words in the English language are, I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." — Ronald Reagan




"You have enemies?  Good!  That means you've stood up for something in your life!"  Winston Churchill




"If you don't like Mary, it's probably because she caught you doing something wrong."  Gary McGarr


            "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what   

              others think you are."    John Wooden



         "Never explain yourself.  Your friends don't care, and your enemies won't believe you!"   Anonymous



             "Speak when you are angry--and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret."   Lawrence J. Peter



"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."  Alexander Tyler



   "Criticism is something you can avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing."  Unknown



    "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do

    everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
                                                                                                                    Edward Everett Hale




   'Speaking the TRUTH in times of universal deceit is a REVOLUTIONARY act."  George Orwell.

    “If you always tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”   ― Mark Twain

"Someone told me that Rene'e Zellweger once spelled her name Zellweiger.  Why did she change it?  Brian Forman, New York, N. Y.

She didn't.  The actress was born Rene'e Kathleen Zellweger on April 25, 1969, in Houston.  At 8, she moved to Katy, Tex., with her Swiss-born father and Norwegian-born mother.  Zellweger once described the region where she was reared as full of "pig dung, rice fields and cowboys. It wasn't hard to leave."  So she skedaddled with her real name."   Parade Magazine

   "All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void."

   --Supreme Court, in Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803)


   "The Constitution is a written instrument. As such its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when adopted, it means now."

   --Supreme Court (South Carolina v. United States, 1905)



"Skuls are doing a fantastic job achieving goals they are instituted for. You dislike the goals.

Any transaction that is based on theft can never have a good result. In the private sector folks go to jail for doing what the skul does. It violates the laws of nature.

The people that want a good education go to a private school."  Michael Dullea

Milton Friedman replied in 1994 when asked why so many high school grads have a socialist viewpoint: "Because they're products of a socialist system — namely, public education. How can you expect such a system to instill the values of free enterprise and competition when it is based on monopoly state ownership, abhors competition, and survives only through compulsion and taxation"   Michael Dullea


   "If schools taught properly, primary school children would not need homework."      Mona  McNee

    "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters."  Albert Einstein

"The intent of the Soviet regime is not to educate, but to indoctrinate through a culturally totalitarian system of controls which produce, in the words of Stalin, a group of intellectuals who are 'engineers of human minds,' and for the rest, minds capable of being engineered. In this manner it is intended to create the 'new Soviet man.'"

-- Donald W. Treadgold, Twentieth Century Russia, Rand McNally History Series, 1959, pg 349.

   "I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible."
   Milton Friedman

    "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."           Mark Twain  

"There are some problems with our current health care system that must be fixed, but turning America's health over to the government is not the answer. If you like the compassion of the IRS, the efficiency of the Post Office, and the competence of FEMA, you will love nationalized health care."

 Congressman Ted Poe

   "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -- Plato circa 400       B.C.



   "The purpose of a public school is to provide the best possible education to all students at the least possible cost to the taxpayers."  Robert Leeper


   "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

   --Albert Einstein


"Our lessons should start from the concrete, and end in the abstract."

"Perceptive knowledge should be made the basis of primary instruction.  Objects should precede names."

These two quotes appear on  the Title Page of Appleton's American Standard Geographies  "Elementary Geography"  This textbook belonged to my grandfather, Stafford George Smith, when he was an elementary student (about 12 years old) in Richmond, Virginia about 1897.


   Ronald Reagan's 40 best quotes (from John Hawkins):



40) "A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah."

39) "The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become."

38) "When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat."

37) "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence."

36) "A taxpayer is someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take a civil-service exam."

35) "One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it."

34) "I am paying for this microphone…!" (When a debate moderator threatened to cut off his mike at a debate he paid for.)

33) " I want you to know also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience.” (To Walter Mondale at a debate)

32) "One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-century attitude. That is when the Founding Fathers made it clear that the safety of law-abiding citizens should be one of the government's primary concerns."

31) "There you go again." (Reagan to Jimmy Carter in a debate)

30) "I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting."

29) "Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement."

28) "Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying."

27) "If you're explaining, you're losing."

26) "I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts."

25) "We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."

24) "Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives."

23) "The ultimate determinate in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas - a trial of spiritual resolve; the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideas to which we are dedicated."

22) "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth."

21) "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."

20) "We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them -- this morning, as they prepared for their journey, and waved good-bye, and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.'" (Speech about the Challenger disaster).

19) "Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."

18) "It isn't so much that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so many things that aren't so."

17) "A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his."

16) "How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."

15) "Trust, but verify."

14) "I hope you're all Republicans." (to surgeons as he entered the operating room following his assassination attempt)

13) "My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes." (Said during a radio microphone test, 1984)

12) "The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or the next. It was the deep knowledge -- and pray to God we have not lost it -- that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest."

11) "I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it and see it still.

And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure, and happier than it was eight years ago. But more than that; after 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm. And she's still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home."

10) "Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem."

9) "History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."

8) "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."

7) “Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?”

6) "Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong."

5) "Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong."

4) "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."

3) "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

2) "We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much."

1) "General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."




No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: "But what would you replace it with?" When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with? – Thomas Sowell


 “I think it would be a good idea to make everybody come before a properly appointed board …..say every 5 or 7 years, and be asked “Sir or madame, will you be kind enough to justify your existence. If you do not produce as much as you consume, or perhaps a little more, then clearly we cannot use the organization of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us, and it can’t be very much use to yourself.” - George Bernard Shaw (Fabian Socialist)
"A fish rots from the head down."  Ancient Proverb

“Every man is dishonest who lives upon the labor of others, no matter if he occupies a throne.”  Robert Ingersoll

"To teach is to learn twice."  Joseph Joubert

"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."  Abraham Lincoln


"Many have quarrel'd about Religion, that never practised it."  Benjamin Franklin  Poor Richard's Almanac


'A friend is long sought, hardly found, and with difficulty kept."  Unknown

"All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my mother."  Abraham Lincoln

"I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats.  I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises."  Neil Armstrong
"It is not the person who has too little, but the person who always wants more, that is poor."  Ancient Chinese Proverb

"Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are those who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning.”   Frederick Douglass


"Actions define character."    Matt Barber


I think we have too much human movement, too many people flying around. If nations are to survive, we need for people to stay home in their own original country. We need to cap flights, we have enough houses, enough people, enough flights, enough runways, airports. But the in word is growth, the antithesis of what we really need, what the planet needs.    Mona Anonymous


Most educational innovations, like most innovations in general, are worthless. The odds of any radical change in curriculum constituting an actual improvement are almost nil. But improvement and effectiveness are not the issues. The issue is whether you can sell something that requires less work on everybody’s part, and that can make ever more lower-functioning teachers who have not and cannot themselves master the subject matter feel good about themselves. In that, our modern curricula truly do excel.  Dave Ziffer



"Skul funding has nothing to do with education results it has to do with the political process of the pay to play system. The politicians fund the skul political juggernut and the skul political machinery goes door to door for the politicians campaign, has kids bring stuff home on who the parents should vote for, man phone banks, and of course send money for the politicians campaign. To solve the problem you have to dismantle giver-ment education. In my city, we don't care about skul performance, we have kids get out of prison for murder and put them right back in the general skul population so we get that fed and state funding, in fact anything can go on as long as funding for the kid comes in. But we fire the sup if he can't sell the taxpayer on the big new bond issue and get another. I've watched this show for over 30 years and if that person can't sell that bond for the politician he is toast."   Michael Dullea


   "To find out what is really happening, follow the money."  Ross Perot



"The District shall take no action abridging the freedom of speech or the right of the people to petition the Board for redress of grievances. U.S. Const. Amend. I, XIV The Board may confine its meetings to specified subject matter and may hold nonpublic sessions to transact business. But when the Board sits in public meetings to conduct public business and hear the views of citizens, it may not discriminate between speakers on the basis of the content of their speech or the message it conveys. Rosenberger v. Rector & Visitors of Univ. of Virginia, 515 U.S. 819, 828 (1995); City of Madison v. Wis. Emp. Rel. Comm’n, 429 U.S. 167, 174 (1976); Pickering v. Bd. of Educ., 391 U.S. 563, 568 (1968) [See DG]"   Katy ISD School Board Policy Manual


"I've said to many "conservative" elected officials and candidates over many years that if they don't stop the education juggernaut of liberalistic junk being taught  in our public schools, the people coming out of our public schools are not going to vote for the likes of these same conservative candidates. Now, that is exactly what is happening.

I think our conservative elected officials are all really stupid, and yes, stupid, not to see the writing on the wall!"  Mary McGarr


   "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."     - George Orwell



"Labor was prior to capital, but property is the fruit of labor.  Property is desirable, and is a positive good in the world.  That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise."  Abraham Lincoln



"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. " Thomas Paine

   "Attempting to debate with a person who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to the dead." Thomas Paine
   "Either you will control your government, or government will control you." Ronald Reagan, December 7, 1973

The American people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to
overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."  Abraham Lincoln


"There ought to be one day -- just one -- when there is open season on senators." ~ Will Rogers



“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting Government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian.”       Henry Ford



"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."  Aristotle




"Only the educated are free."  Epictetus 55 A. D.-135 A.D.



"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."  G. K. Chesterton


"Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many."  Unknown Author


"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a
civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets
will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world
will follow our lead into the future!"
~Adolph Hitler, 1935,
on The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany

     "I have a large seashell collection, which I keep scattered on beaches all over the world." Unknown

     "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”  Napoleon Bonaparte
     “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
      ― George Orwell, Animal Farm


     "A man's right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state as servant and not as master, they are the essence of a free

     economy, and on that freedom all our other freedoms depend."

     Margaret Thatcher


"The change we seek has always required great struggle and great sacrifice." - Barack Hussein Obama


"The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master." - Ayn Rand


“Education should aim at destroying free will so that after pupils are thus schooled they will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their school masters would have wished ... The social psychologist of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for more than one generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen.” - Johann Gottlieb Fichte, German philosopher (1762 – 1814)


                                             "What good fortune for those in power that people don't think."
                                                                                             Adolf Hitler


             Quote of the Day from the Los Angeles Times: 

        "Frankly, I don't know what it is about California , but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close.  When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we are Number  One.  There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth'.  The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab.  You don't know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words."

     - Columnist Burt Prelutsky,  Los Angeles Times.
"You can't know where you are going, unless you know where you have been."  George Santayana
"Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.  But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy."  John Quincy Adams July 4, 1821
"We have plenty of sins of our own to war against, and under ordinary circumstances we can do more for the general uplifting of humanity by striving with heart and soul to put a stop to civic corruption, to brutal lawlessness and violent race prejudices here at home than by passing resolutions about wrong-doing elsewhere." Theodore Roosevelt December 6, 1904
"America has succeeded internationally less through the force of its arms than through the splendor of its ideals."  Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. 1993
"There is a limit to everything, except the number of untrue things people will believe."  Unknown
"The true touchstone of civil liberty is not that all men are equal but that every man has the right to be the equal of every other man - if he can." Benjamin Franklin Butler
The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.”
― Oscar Wilde

"Feudalism worked for hundreds of years, and I think it's time for another go at it."  Dave Mundy (in jest)


Just A Housewife


Hello, Mrs. Jones, I've just called to say,

I'm sorry I cried when you phoned today.

No, I didn't get angry when your call came at four,

Just as eight Cub Scouts burst through the door;

It's just that I had such a really full day.

I'd baked eight pies for the PTA

And washing and ironing and scrubbing the floor

Were chores I had finished not too long before.

The reason I cried and gave that big yelp

Was not 'cause you phoned just to ask for my help.

The comment that just about drove me berserk

Was, "I'm sure you'll have time because you don't work."


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