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Obviously, the state's responsibility should be to legislate rules for a well-ordered society. It has no right or duty to creep into the bedrooms of the nation.
-- Pierre Trudeau
 
What is considered sinful in one of the great religions to which citizens belong isn't necessarily sinful in the others. Criminal law therefore cannot be based on the notion of sin; it is crimes that it must define.
-- Pierre Trudeau
 
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
Secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
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 S. Truman
 
If you cannot convince them, confuse them.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
It's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never for the opinions they have.
-- Harry S. Truman
 
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
-- Mao Tse-Tung
 
Every Communist must grasp the truth, 'Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.'  Our principle is that the [Communist] Party commands the gun and the gun will never be allowed to command the Party.
-- Mao Tse-tung
 
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
-- Mao Tse-Tung
 
I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more if they had known they were slaves.
-- Harriet Tubman
 
We enact many laws that manufacture criminals, and then a few that punish them.
-- Benjamin R. Tucker
 
No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
-- Judge Gideon J. Tucker
 
To secure their enjoyment, however, certain protections or barriers have been erected which serve to maintain inviolate the three primary rights of personal security, personal liberty, and private property. These may in America be said to be: 1. The bill of rights and written constitutions ... 2. The rights of bearing arms -- which with us is not limited and restrained by an arbitrary system of game laws as in England, but is particularly enjoyed by every citizen, and is among his most valuable privileges, since it furnishes the means of resisting as a freeman ought, the inroads of usurpation.
-- Henry St. George Tucker
 
This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty. ... The right of self defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.
-- St. George Tucker
 
Let no Negroe or mulattoe be cabable of taking, holding, or exercising any public office, freehold, franchise or privilege. ... Nor of keeping, or bearing arms, unless authorized to do by some act of the general assembly, whose duration shall be limited to three years.
-- St. George Tucker
 
Civil rights, as we may remember, are reducible to three primary heads; the right of personal security; the right of personal liberty; and the right of private property. In a state of slavery, the two last are wholly abolished, the person of the slave being at the absolute disposal of his master; and property, what he is incapable, in that state, either of acquiring, or holding, in his own use. Hence, it will appear how perfectly irreconcilable a state of slavery is to the principles of a democracy, which form the basis and foundation of our government.
-- St. George Tucker
 
Whilst America hath been the land of promise to Europeans, and their descendants, it hath been the vale of death to millions of the wretched sons of Africa ... Whilst we were offering up vows at the shrine of Liberty ... whilst we swore irreconcilable hostility to her enemies ... whilst we adjured the God of Hosts to witness our resolution to live free or die ... we were imposing on our fellow men, who differ in complexion from us, a slavery, ten thousand times more cruel than the utmost extremity of those grievances and oppressions, of which we complained.
-- St. George Tucker
 
To the extent that these [New Deal policies] developed, they were tortured interpretations of a document [the Constitution] intended to prevent them.
-- Rexford Tugwell
 
Characteristically, however, the overthrow of the dictator simply means that there will be another dictator. ... the policies they follow will probably not be radically different. If we look around the world, we quickly realize that these policies will not be radically different from those that would be followed by a democracy either.
-- Gordon Tullock
 
Our system is changing and [Congress] is the one branch that must act if we are to reverse those changes. We are seeing the emergence of a different model of government, a model long-ago rejected by the framers. ... A dominant presidency has occurred with very little congressional opposition. Indeed, when President Obama pledged to circumvent Congress, he received rapturous applause from the very body that he was proposing to make practically irrelevant. Now many members are contesting the right of this institution to even be heard in federal court. ... This body is moving from self-loathing to self-destruction in a system that is in crisis. The president's pledge to effectively govern alone is alarming, and what is most alarming is his ability to fulfill that pledge. When a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, which is precisely the danger the framers sought to avoid.
-- Jonathan Turley
 
Marijuana leads to homosexuality ... and therefore to AIDS.
-- Carlton Turner
 
History does not exist for us until and unless we dig it up, interpret it, and put it together. Then the past comes alive, or, more accurately, it is revealed for what it has always been - a part of the present.
-- Frederick W. Turner III
 
We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose. We cannot afford to use methods of which we will be ashamed when we look back, when we say, '...we shouldn't have done that.' We must remember, my friends, that we have been given a wonderful cause. The cause of freedom! And you and I must be those who will walk with heads held high. We will say, 'We used methods that can stand the harsh scrutiny of history.'
-- Bishop Desmond Tutu
 
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
-- Bishop Desmond Tutu
 
Stability and peace in our land will not come from the barrel of a gun, because peace without justice is an impossibility.
-- Bishop Desmond Tutu
 
Whenever there is a simple error that most laymen fall for, there is always a slightly more sophisticated version of the same problem that experts fall for.
-- Amos Tversky
 
There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.
-- Mark Twain
 
How you can win the population for war: At first, the statesman will invent cheap lying, that impute the guilt of the attacked nation, and each person will be happy over this deceit, that calm the conscience. It will study it detailed and refuse to test arguments of the other opinion. So he will convince step for step even therefrom that the war is just and thank God, that he, after this process of grotesque even deceit, can sleep better.
-- Mark Twain
 
A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
-- Mark Twain
 
We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read.
-- Mark Twain
 
When you have prayed for victory you have prayed for many unmentioned results which follow victory – must follow it, cannot help but follow it. Upon the listening spirit of God the Father fell also the unspoken part of the prayer. He commandeth me to put it into words. Listen!

'O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle – be Thou near them! With them – in spirit – we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with hurricanes of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it – for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.'

[After a pause.] Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits.
-- Mark Twain

 
A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
-- Mark Twain
 
No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the congress is in session.
-- Mark Twain
 
Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't.  You cannot shirk this and be a man.  To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let me label you as they may.
-- Mark Twain
 
If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill came always together, who would escape hanging?
-- Mark Twain
 
A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
-- Mark Twain
 
Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.
-- Mark Twain
 
Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
-- Mark Twain
 
In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
-- Mark Twain
 
Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so.
-- Mark Twain
 
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
-- Mark Twain
 
Often, the surest way to convey information is to tell the strict truth.
-- Mark Twain
 
A classic is a book which people praise and don't read.
-- Mark Twain
 
Observe, I do not mean to suggest that the custom of lying has suffered any decay or interruption -- no, for the Lie, as Virtue, as Principle, is eternal; the Lie, as a recreation, a solace, a refuge in time of need, the fourth Grace, the tenth Muse, man's best and surest friend, is immortal, and cannot perish from the earth while this club remains. My complaint, simply concerns the decay of the art of lying. No high-minded man, no man of right feeling, can contemplate the lumbering and slovenly lying of the present day without grieving to see a noble art so prostituted. ... If this finest of the fine art arts had everywhere received the attention, encouragement, and conscientious practice and development which this club has devoted to it, I should not need to utter this lament, or cry a single tear. I do not say this to flatter. I say it in a spirit of just and appreciative recognition.
-- Mark Twain
 
Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
-- Mark Twain
 

-- Mark Twain
 
Congressman is the trivialist distinction for a full grown man.
-- Mark Twain
 
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
-- Mark Twain
 
Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
-- Mark Twain
 
Carlye said, A lie cannot live; it shows he did not know how to tell them.
-- Mark Twain
 
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.
-- Mark Twain
 
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
-- Mark Twain
 
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
-- Mark Twain
 
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
-- Mark Twain
 
Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.
-- Mark Twain
 
... if it is a Miracle, any sort of evidence will answer, but if it is a Fact, proof is necessary.
-- Mark Twain
 
The history of the race, and each individual's experience, are thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.
-- Mark Twain
 
One of the proofs of the immortality of the soul is that myriads have believed in it. They have also believed the world was flat.
-- Mark Twain
 
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
-- Mark Twain
 
Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
-- Mark Twain
 
We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove. We have two opinions: one private, which we are afraid to express; and another one - the one we use - which we force ourselves to wear to please Mrs. Grundy, until habit makes us comfortable in it, and the custom of defending it presently makes us love it, adore it, and forget how pitifully we came by it. Look at it in politics.
-- Mark Twain
 
Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.
-- Mark Twain
 
I am aware that when even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition... (more)
-- Mark Twain
 
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.
-- Mark Twain
 
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
-- Mark Twain
 
All Congresses and Parliaments have a kindly feeling for idiots, and a compassion for them, on account of personal experience and heredity.
-- Mark Twain
 


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