February 4

quotes

This is a list of quotes I find compelling. Disclaimer: I do not necessarily fully endorse all of them.
You may also be interested in a list of specifically political quotes.

  • One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
     - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
     - Benjamin Franklin
  • Is not the love of wealth as domineering and enterprising a passion as that of power or glory? Have there not been as many wars founded upon commercial motives since that has become the prevailing system of nations, as were before occasioned by the cupidity of territory or dominion? Has not the spirit of commerce, in many instances, administered new incentives to the appetite, both for the one and for the other? Let experience, the least fallible guide of human opinions, be appealed to for an answer to these inquiries.
     - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper No. 6
  • Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.
     - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper No. 8
  • Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.
     - Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
  • The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
     - Thomas Jefferson
  • Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
     - Indian Proverb
  • When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
     - Jimi Hendrix
  • In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, Brave, Hated, and Scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.
     - Mark Twain
  • People say 'well you know, the interpretation of the Supreme Court is the only one that counts when we're talking about the Second Amendment'. Oh really? Well then you come and stand in front of my front door when the government comes to collect my guns - you're going to find out that my interpretation of the Second Amendment is the only one you need to be worried about. Make sure you've got your insurance paid up and kiss your kids goodbye.
     - Michael Badnarik, Constitution Class

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