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compiled by Fred Mahan

A Few Selected Quotes
from 101 Things To Do 'Til The Revolution
1996 by Claire Wolfe

It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that wants to
remain servile as it is to enslave a people that wants to remain free.
Niccolo Machiavelli

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
Charles de Gaulle

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.
Mignon McLaughlin, writer

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a
democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't
have to waste your time voting.

Charles Bukowski

When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to
shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril.

Harry Truman

No slave shall keep any arms whatever, nor pass, unless with written orders
from his master or employer, or in his company, with arms from one place to
another. Arms in possession of a slave contrary to this prohibition shall
be forfeited to him who will seize them.

A Bill Concerning Slaves, Virginia Assembly, 1779

Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found
state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure
implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
Benjamin Disraeli

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to
be bought and sold are legislators.
P.J. O'Rourke

Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but
secrecy...censorship. When any government, or any church, for that matter,
undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must
not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and
oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed
to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of
force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack,
not fission bombs, not anything. You cannot conquer a free man; the most
you can do is kill him.
Robert A. Heinlein, Revolt in 2100

In all ages hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns on the heads of
thieves, called kings.
Robert Ingersoll

It is error alone which needs support of government. Truth can stand by
itself.
Thomas Jefferson

The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred
years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to
spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to
liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from
selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to
dependence; from dependence back again to bondage.

Fraser Tyler, English historian - written while the U.S. was still a British colony

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to
take it all away.
Barry Goldwater

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions,
that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when
wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little
rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.

Thomas Jefferson

The man who produces while others dispose of his product is a slave.
Ayn Rand

This country was founded by religious nuts with guns.
P.J. O'Rourke

The Democrats are the ones who will give you a loan. The Republicans are
the ones who will guarantee you a loan. The Libertarians are the ones who
will leave you alone.
Cal Ludeman, Minnesota state representative

It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral
busybodies. The robber barron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity
may at some point be satisfied; but those who torment us for our own good
will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own
conscience.
C.S. Lewis

 

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