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.
The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.
Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed: are they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.
Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.
No free man shall be debarred the use of arms.
The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all you soul, with all your strength, and all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.
The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.
Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has not sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
A Democracy is always temporary in nature, it simply cannot exists as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until that 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 due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law. To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man’s, I mean.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
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