“Life is difficult.”  –  M Scott Peck

“Not to act is to act”  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“There are some who assert that there is no Absolute Truth. Consider though that such an assertion is self-contradicting for if there is no Absolute Truth, the statement cannot be considered to be Absolutely True. ”

“There are also those who assert that there is Absolute Truth. This statement is not self-contradicting. In fact, it is self-affirming.”

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” – John Adams

“Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”  Thomas Sowell

“Individuals who follow three rules – complete at least high school, work full time and wait until age 21 to get married before having a baby – have a 2 percent chance of winding up in poverty and a 72 percent chance of being middle class.” – Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there would be a shortage of sand.” – Milton Friedman

“If you’re doing something you’re not supposed to be doing, you can’t do what you’re supposed to do.” – Mom

“Lack of planning on your part does not justify an emergency on my part.” – A teacher

“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.”  – Thomas Jefferson

“Sincerity is a much overrated virtue.”  – Milton Friedman

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

“An education system cannot overcome the breakdown of the family, and the social fabric that surrounds children daily.”  –  Fred Thompson US Senator

“Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.” – Milton Friedman

“We know when life begins. Everyone who has ever purchased a pack of condoms knows when life begins.” – Peggy Noonan

“Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn’t even get out of committee.” – F. Lee Bailey

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”  – Thomas Jefferson

“You cannot help the poor, by destroying the rich.” – Abraham Lincoln

“We should avoid ungenerously throwing upon posterity… the burden we ourselves ought to bear.”  – George Washington

” 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 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

“You cannot strengthen the weak, by weakening the strong.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You cannot bring about prosperity, by discouraging thrift.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You cannot lift the wage earner up, by pulling the wage payer down.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You cannot further the brotherhood of man, by inciting class hatred.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You cannot build character and courage, by taking away men’s initiative and independence.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You cannot help men permanently, by doing for them what they could and should, do for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking of them.” – Thomas Jeffferson 1802

“Referring to NCLB (No Child Left Behind)  “Here’s a program that ignores the reality of the bell curve and sets impossible goals. It imposes fairly severe sanctions on school districts, administrators, and teachers but assigns no accountability at all to students or their parents. That is absolutely unrealistic.” – Nicholas Wishek

“Right now counts forever.”  –  R. C. Sproul

“Democracy is when two wolves and a sheep vote on what’s for dinner.” –

“An education system cannot overcome the breakdown of the family, and the social fabric that surrounds children daily.” – Fred D. Thompson

“The law of unintended consequences takes so long to reveal itself that no one remembers the culprits.” WSJ 4/24/2008

“the most difficult behavior to confront is folly, not malice.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his Letters From Prison

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.” – Lee Iacocca

“The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both.” – Milton Friedman

“The proverb warns, ‘You should not bite the hand that feeds you.’ But maybe you should if it prevents you from feeding yourself.” – Thomas Szasz

“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” – George Bernard Shaw

“How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience is so admirably adapted to the objects of reality?”  –  Albert Einstein

“Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?”  – Thomas Jefferson

“In the long run, the public interest depends on private virtue.” – James Q Wilson

“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice”  – Barry Goldwater

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” – Sherlock Holmes once advised his sidekick Watson

“Lottery: A tax for people bad at math

“One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”  – Woody Allen

“Every election “is a sort of advance sale of stolen goods.”  – H. L. Mencken

“Mathematics is the language of science, and algebra is the minimum vocabulary that scientists of every discipline use to describe their work.”  –  Dr. George Castro, Associate Dean of the College of Science at San Jose State University

“In the absence of parenting, there is now character education.”  – Richard Rodriguez

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next.”  — Abraham Lincoln

“Character education is a euphemism for the sort of upbringing that most people used to consider essential to child-rearing within the home.”  – Richard Rodriguez

“The state is the great fiction by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.”   – Frederic Bastiat

“Those who acknowledge no authority above themselves will recognize no limits to what they can do.  –  Gene Edward Veith

“The one thing we know about this new economy is that if you can’t do algebra, if you can’t do symbolic reasoning, you are going to get left behind forever.”  – John Doerr

“Life is lived forward and understood backwards.”

“Good manners are a part o good morals; and it is as much our duty as our interest to practice both.”  – John Hunter

“When individuals began to ask government to do things for them, rather than merely to secure rights and property, they began asking government to violate other’s rights and property for their benefits.”  – Richard Ebeling

“What people do for themselves is more lasting and important than what others do for them.”

“I can manage a classroom of 30, but I can teach a class of 20.”  – Brooks Keith

“In the public debate, it is important to clarify that tolerance becomes indulgence when it is not moderated by reasoned judgment.”  – Dr. Joseph Nicolosi

“The desire of one man to live on the fruits of another’s labor is the  original sin of the world.”  –  James O’Brien

“Anything is permissible if there is no God.”    – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“I’ll never regret my vote for impeachment. It is easy for elected officials to succumb to the illusion that the greater good is served by their self-perpetuation in office.”  – James E. Rogan

“We live in a day when you can be for anything, no matter how bizarre, but if you are against anything you are branded as unloving, judgmental, intolerant, and arrogant.”

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”   – Leo Tolstoy

“I came to Harvard to learn from people who were smarter then me– I left disappointed.” – Bill Gates

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”  – John Wooden

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”   – Albert Einstein

“Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”  – Garrison Keillor

“The Constitution of the United States is not a suicide pact.” — Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”   – John Wooden

“To Love Somebody is not just a strong feeling-it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each forever.”   – Eric Fromm

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self evident.”   – Arthur Schopenhauer

“The one person whom it is most necessary to reform is yourself.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything”.   – Josef V. Stalin

“In general the art of government consists in taking as much as money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.”  – Voltaire

“Thinking about moral issues in utilitarian terms has become so culturally ingrained that many Americans are unable to think in any other terms. If something–no matter how reprehensible–has a positive outcome, it must be OK.”  –  Gene Edward Veith

“Judges who think it is their job to produce ‘fair and just’ solutions to society’s problems undermine the essence of law. The rule of law means having rules known in advance and applied to all. You cannot have that if judges base decisions on what they think is fair and just.”   – Thomas Sowell

“What was God doing before He created the world?” “Creating hell for curious souls.”  – Augustine

“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy” — mediate on these things.  – Paul

“Great horrors do not occur overnight, nor do they develop in a vacuum. They begin with small compromises, unnoticed  by most people. They advance on a wave of apathy, subtle appeals to selfishness and a loss of God-consciousness. When man places himself in the supreme position of deciding right from wrong, it is a very short step toward deciding such things for others and forcing even people who don’t agree to subsidize these practices with their tax dollars.”  – Cal Thomas

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.”  – David Starr Jordan

“When a society allows the murder of a child in the womb, what is it that it won’t allow.”

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and then misapplying the wrong remedies.”  – Groucho Marx

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teen-age boys.” – P. J. O’Rourke

“If we were directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should all want bread.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.” – Richard Nixon

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

“The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence because it is so rare.” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.” – Milton Friedman

“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.” – H. L. Mencken

“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” – Mark Twain

“If the truth of a proposition depended on the number of people who believed it, the earth would still be flat.”  –  Richard Prebble

“Men occasionally stumble on the truth. But most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”  – Winston Churchill

“Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources which have alternative uses.”      – Lionel Robbins

“I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.”  – Dan Rather

“Nothing is as unequal as treating unequals equally.”

“It is conceivable that humanity could eventually learn everything in physics or biology. But humanity certainly won’t ever be able to find out everything in mathematics, because the subject is infinite.”  –  Paul Erdos

“God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the Devil exists since we cannot prove it.”  –  Andre’ Weil

“If anything is certain it would be mathematics. It is absolutely certain.”  –  Paul Erdos

“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.” Aristotle (384-322 BC),

“We need a generation that believes that the purpose of government is to protect life, liberty, and property. Too many believe that the purpose of government is to provide them with benefits.”  – Mike Farris

“Life is good for only two things, discovering mathematics and teaching mathematics”  –  Simeon Poisson  (1781-1840)

“The two prominent values of our generation is personal peace and affluence.”  – Francis A. Schaeffer

“Personal peace means just to be alone, not to be troubled by the troubles of other people, whether across the world or across the city – to live one’s life with minimal possibilities of being personally disturbed. Personal peace means wanting to have my personal life pattern undisturbed in my lifetime, regardless of what the result will be in the lifetimes of my children and grandchildren. Affluence means an overwhelming and ever-increasing prosperity – a life made up of things, things, and more things – a success judged by an ever-higher level of material abundance.”   – Francis A. Schaeffer

“The intense pleasure many experience from listening to Mozart’s great D Minor Piano Concerto has much in common with the deep satisfaction of solving a complex mathematical problem.” — Alan Greenspan

“A grade is an inadequate report of an inaccurate judgment by a biased and variable judge of the intent to which a student has attained an undefined level of mastery of an unknown proportion.”  –  Sam Houston  PhEd

“There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative. If this belief is put to the test, one can count on the students’ reaction: they will be uncomprehending. That anyone should regard the proposition as not self-evident astonishes them, as though he were calling into question 2 + 2 = 4. These are things you don’t think about. The students’ backgrounds are as various as America can provide. Some are religious, some atheists; some are to the Left, some to the Right; some intend to be scientists, some humanists or professionals or businessmen; some are poor, some rich. They are unified only in their relativism and in their allegiance to equality. And the two are related in a moral intention. The relativity of truth is not a theoretical insight but a moral postulate, the condition of a free society, or so they see it. They have all been equipped with this framework early on, and it is the modern replacement for the inalienable natural rights that used to be the traditional American grounds for a free society. That it is a moral issue for students is revealed by the character of their response when challenged—a combination of disbelief and indignation: “Are you an absolutist?,” the only alternative they know, uttered in the same tone as “Are you a monarchist?” or “Do you really believe in witches?” This latter leads into the indignation, for someone who believes in witches might well be a witch-hunter or a Salem judge. The danger they have been taught to fear from absolutism is not error but intolerance. Relativism is necessary to openness; and this is the virtue, the only virtue, which all primary education for more than fifty years has dedicated itself to inculcating. Openness—and the relativism that makes it the only plausible stance in the face of various claims to truth and various ways of life and kinds of human beings—is the great insight of our times. The true believer is the real danger. The study of history and of culture teaches that all the world was mad in the past; men always thought they were right, and that led to wars, persecutions, slavery, xenophobia, racism, and chauvinism. The point is not to correct the mistakes and really be right; rather it is not to think you are right at all.”   – The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom of the University of Chicago

“Imagination is more important that knowledge.”   Albert Einstein

“There is no royal road to geometry.”   Euclid

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty “  Bertrand Russell

“Mathematics is the queen of sciences.”  Carl Friedrich Gauss

“No man may be so great that he cannot be proven wrong.”  Aristotle

“Geometry is nothing if it be not rigorous…”   H.J.S. Smith

“There if no inquiry which is not finally reducible to a question of numbers.”   Auguste Comte

“Mathematics is the science which draws necessary conclusions.”   Benjamin Pierce

“…it is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures…”   Galileo, speaking of the universe

“Wherever there is a number, there is beauty.”  Proclues

“Mathematics is the gate and key to science.”   Roger Bacon

“It appears to me that if one wants to make progress in mathematics, one should study the masters and not the pupils.”   N.H. Abel

“The science of pure mathematics, in its modern developments, may claim to be the most original creation of the human spirit.”   Alfred North Whitehead

“God made the integers; all else is the work of man.”   Leopold Kronecker

“The profound study of nature is the most fertile source of mathematical discoveries.”   Joseph Fourier

“When we cannot use the compass of mathematics or the torch of experience…it is certain that we cannot take a single step forward.”   Voltaire

“I cannot believe that God plays dice with the world.”    Albert Einstein

“In this era of instant happiness, we tend to forget that those endeavors that bring the greatest joys usually also require the most excruciating endeavor.” — Joel Belz

“Postmodernism teaches that a text has no determinate meaning and thus can be interpreted according to the needs of the reader, or the readers interest group.”– Gene Edward Veith

“If what we do now is to make no difference in the end, then all the seriousness of life is done away with.”  –Ludwig Wittgenstein

“America is daily attacked for cowboy interventionism and arrogant unilateralism — then simultaneously attacked for not acting unilaterally to cleanse the planet of all tyranny” — Charles Krauthammer

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.” — G. Gordon Liddy

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” — George Bernard Shaw

“Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.” — Douglas Casey (1992)

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” — P.J. O’Rourke

“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” — Frederic Bastiat

“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.” — Ronald Reagan (1986)

“I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the acts.” — Will Rogers

“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.” — P.J. O’Rourke

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” — Pericles (430 B.C.)

“No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” — Mark Twain (1866)

“Suppose you were an idiot.  And suppose you were a member of Congress.  But I repeat myself.” — Mark Twain

“It is absolutely safe to say that, if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid, or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).” – Richard Dawkins

“Talk is cheap-except when Congress does it.  The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.” — Ronald Reagan

“The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. — Mark Twain

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” —Winston Churchill

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s  character, give him power.”  —  Abraham Lincoln

“The sixth deadly sin is named by the Church…..Sloth.  In the world it calls itself Tolerance; but in hell it is called Despair……It is the sin which believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, loves nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and only remains alive because there is nothing it would die for.”   —  Dorothy Sayers.

“Where do people get the idea that it’s their business to tell others how to use their own resources is beyond me.”  — Alex Coalson

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” —Mark Twain

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. —George Bernard Shaw

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.” — G. Gordon Liddy

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” —James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

“Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.” —Douglas Casey, Classmate of W.J.Clinton at Georgetown U. (1992)

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” —P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” —Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

“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.” — Ronald Reagan (1986)

“I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the facts.” —Will Rogers

“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.” —P.J. O’Rourke

“If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist.” –Joseph Sobran, former editor of the National Review(1995).

“In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.” –Voltaire (1764)

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” —Pericles (430 B.C.)

“No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” —Mark Twain (1866)

“Talk is cheap-except when Congress does it.” —Jay Stevens

“The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.” —Ronald Reagan

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.” —Winston Churchill

“The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.” —Mark Twain

“The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.” —Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

“There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.” —Mark Twain

“What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.” — Edward Langley, Artist 1928-1995

“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and adhors is sinful and tyrannical.” — Thomas Jefferson

“In case you’ve been out of town since the Enlightenment, here is what’s changed: Spirituality is good; religion is bad. Seeking is good, finding is bad. Meditation is good; prayer is bad. Feeling is good; doctrine is bad. Monks are good; ministers are bad. Gregorian Chant is good; Trinity Hymnal is bad. Ancient Greece is good; ancient Israel is bad. An inner “kingdom of God” is good; an eschatological “kingdom of God” is bad. The Gospel of Thomas is good; the Gospel of Luke is bad. Medieval mystic Hildegard is good; John Calvin is bad. God our mother is good; God our father is bad. Jesus as avatar is good; Jesus as savior is bad.”  Andree Seu  World Magazine

“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.” – Ronald Reagan

“Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.” – Ronald Reagan

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help” – Ronald Reagan

“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant: It’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.” – Ronald Reagan

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

“I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment’s would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U. S. Congress.” – Ronald Reagan

“The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.” – Ronald Reagan

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

“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” – Ronald Reagan

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” – Ronald Reagan

“I’ve laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me. even if it’s in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.” – Ronald Reagan

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.” – Ronald Reagan

“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.” – Ronald Reagan

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

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical: – Thomas Jefferson

“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” – Plato

“That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” – Bob Williams  President, Evergreen Freedom Foundation

“If Parents grasp that a sense of self-worth is a thing that can only be earned, they will be much more indulgent of the teachers who try to help their children to earn it.” – Michael Lewis

“If parents say they are bad at math, it tells kids that it’s OK not to like math or be good at it. Would they say the same thing about reading? Probably not.”  –  Dave Chamberlain

“Government can’t give you anything that it hasn’t already taken away.”

“When people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”  –  Benjamin Franklin

“Much of the social history of the Western world over the past 3 decades has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.” – Thomas Sowell

“Some educators blame the poor state of humanities education on several factors, including a curriculum that emphasizes skills over knowledge, a system of teacher training that stresses teaching methods over subject matter and textbooks that have become “an overcrowded flea market of disconnected facts.” One observer stated, “Usually the culprit is process – the belief that we can teach our children how to think without troubling them to learn anything worth thinking about.” – John Huffman

“Schools cannot do battle against MTV, broken homes, truancy, indiscipline, disrespect, and youths who have everything given to them but little expected of them.”  –  Peter D’Brass

“Steal a little and they throw you in jail, steal a lot and they make you a king.” – Bob Dylan

“The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced.” – Frank Zappa

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” – Albert Einstein

“Families are civilization factories” – Jonah Goldberg

“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”  –  John Wooden

“Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.”  –  John Wooden

“Talent is God given. Be humble Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”  –  John Wooden

“It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”  –  John Wooden

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”  –  John Wooden

“If you do not have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over.”  –  John Wooden

“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from what you can do.”  –  John Wooden

“Never mistake activity for achievement.”  –  John Wooden

“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”  –  John Wooden

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading old books.”  –  John Wooden

“You cannot consume what has not been produced. Only politicians believe you can.” –  A. J. Galambos

“Government is to promote the general welfare, not provide for it. It promotes it by protecting our rights to life, liberty and the fruits of our labors.”  – John Denny

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”  –  Groucho Marx

“A civilized society’s first line of defense is not the law, police and courts but customs, traditions and moral values. Behavioral norms, mostly transmitted by example, word of mouth and religious teachings, represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error. They include important thou-shalt-nots such as shalt not murder, shalt not steal, shalt not lie and cheat, but they also include all those courtesies one might call ladylike and gentlemanly conduct. The failure to fully transmit values and traditions to subsequent generations represents one of the failings of the so-called greatest generation.Behavior accepted as the norm today would have been seen as despicable yesteryear. Our increased reliance on laws to regulate behavior is a measure of how uncivilized we’ve become.” Walter Williams

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  – George Santayana

“Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel.”  –  Ayn Rand

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person mustwork for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because sombody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” – Dr. Adrian Rogers

“Extraordinary claims should be backed by extraordinary evidence.” – Carl Sagan

“If you believe that a new entitlement saves money, you’ll believe anything.”  WSJ

“It’s impossible to be a fiscal conservative unless you’re a social conservative because of the high cost of a dysfunctional society.” – Jim DeMint

“Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow’s too lazy to form an opinion.” – Will Rogers

“Learning is the activity of the learner”

“Societies that fixate on spreading wealth rather than building it generally end up spreading poverty.”  –  Dave Glenn

“There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.”  –  George Orwell

“The 2 things least understood in this world are the depth of man’s depravity and the extent of God’s grace.”

“Only in government do we see something that doesn’t work and decide it needs to be expanded” – Milton Friedman

“Drugs are not dangerous because they are illegal; they are illegal because they are dangerous.” – Califano and Bennett

Mila Kunis when asked if she ever had a “friends with benefits relationship” responded   “Oy. I haven’t. but I can give you may stance on it: It’s like communism – good in theory, in execution it fails. Friends of mine have done it, and it never ends well.”  Mila Kunis  GQ magazine August 2011

“The political class looted the future to bribe the present, confident that tomorrow could be endlessly postponed.”  – Mark Steyn

“One of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas. Now, thoughts and ideas intrests me. Watch your thoughts for they become words.

Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. Watch your charter for it become your destiny.”


updated 12/26/2016