Nathan R. Jessup

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Thomas Jefferson

“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”

“A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.”

“A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.”

“Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.”

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

“All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.”

“An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.”

“As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.”

“Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.”

“Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.”

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”

“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.”

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

“I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

“I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”

“The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

“In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

“What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”

“Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.”

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

Abraham Lincoln

“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.”

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy.”

“Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”

“I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.”

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

“I would rather be defeated with this expression (‘house divided against itself cannot stand’) in the speech, and uphold and discuss it before the people, than be victorious without it.”

“Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.”

“I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.”

“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.”

“Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

“Perhaps a man’s character was like a tree, and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing.”

“The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.”

“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser – in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”

“I have stepped out upon this platform that I may see you and that you may see me, and in the arrangement I have the best of the bargain.”

“What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?”

Ronald Reagan

“A people free to choose will always choose peace.”

“A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?”

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.”

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

“All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.”

“Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.”

“But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.”

“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”

“Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.”

“Don’t be afraid to see what you see.”

“Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.”

“Facts are stubborn things.”

“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.”

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”

“Going to college offered me the chance to play football for four more years.”

“Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.”

“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”

“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”

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

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”

“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.”

“Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.”

“Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.”

“History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.”

“How can a president not be an actor?”

“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.”

“I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.”

“I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.”

“Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”

“One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.”

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

“Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

“Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.”

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.”

“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.”

“Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.”

Winston Churchill

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.”

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

“A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”

“Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.”

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.”

“Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.”

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

“Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.”

“Eating words has never given me indigestion.”

“Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”

“For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.”

“Great and good are seldom the same man.”

“He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”

“History is written by the victors.”

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

“I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place.”

“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.”

“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”

“I am easily satisfied with the very best.”

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

“I like a man who grins when he fights.”

“I never worry about action, but only inaction.”

“If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.”

“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”

Vince Lombardi

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
Vince Lombardi

Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.
Vince Lombardi

Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
Vince Lombardi

Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Vince Lombardi

I don’t think there’s a punch-line scheduled, is there?
Vince Lombardi

I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.
Vince Lombardi

If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?
Vince Lombardi

If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?
Vince Lombardi

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
Vince Lombardi

If you can accept losing, you can’t win.
Vince Lombardi

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi

It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner.
Vince Lombardi

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.
Vince Lombardi

Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
Vince Lombardi

Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
Vince Lombardi

Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!
Vince Lombardi

Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.
Vince Lombardi

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Vince Lombardi

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
Vince Lombardi

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Vince Lombardi

Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
Vince Lombardi

Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.
Vince Lombardi

Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.
Vince Lombardi

Some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist but football is only two things – blocking and tackling.
Vince Lombardi

Success demands singleness of purpose.
Vince Lombardi

Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.
Vince Lombardi

The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
Vince Lombardi

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi

The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.
Vince Lombardi

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Vince Lombardi

The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.
Vince Lombardi

The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
Vince Lombardi

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vince Lombardi

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Vince Lombardi

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Vince Lombardi

The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.
Vince Lombardi

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again.
Vince Lombardi

We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.
Vince Lombardi

Albert Einstein

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
Albert Einstein

A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
Albert Einstein

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
Albert Einstein

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
Albert Einstein

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
Albert Einstein

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
Albert Einstein

All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man’s actions.
Albert Einstein

An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
Albert Einstein

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
Albert Einstein

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Albert Einstein

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
Albert Einstein

Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Albert Einstein

Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
Albert Einstein

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
Albert Einstein

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
Albert Einstein

Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.
Albert Einstein

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
Albert Einstein

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
Albert Einstein

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
Albert Einstein

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
Albert Einstein

Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.
Albert Einstein

Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.
Albert Einstein

Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.
Albert Einstein

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Albert Einstein

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
Albert Einstein

Force always attracts men of low morality.
Albert Einstein

God always takes the simplest way.
Albert Einstein

God does not play dice.
Albert Einstein

God may be subtle, but he isn’t plain mean.
Albert Einstein

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein

He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
Albert Einstein

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!
Albert Einstein

Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
Albert Einstein

I am a deeply religious nonbeliever – this is a somewhat new kind of religion.
Albert Einstein

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
Albert Einstein

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