In strategy the longest way round is often the shortest way there; a direct approach to the object exhausts the attacker and hardens the resistance by compression, whereas an indirect approach loosens the defender's hold by upsetting his balance.
more B. H. Liddell Hart quotes
The profoundest truth of war is that the issue of battle is usually decided in the minds of the opposing commanders, not in the bodies of their men.
more B. H. Liddell Hart quotes
The same fact that Boccaccio offers in support of religion might be adduced in behalf of a republic: "It exists in spite of its ministers."
more Heinrich Heine quotes
You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.
more Robert A. Heinlein quotes
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
more Patrick Henry quotes
Whosoever wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Knowledge is not intelligence. In searching for the truth be ready for the unexpected. Change alone is unchanging. The same road goes both up and down. The beginning of a circle is also its end. Not I, but the world says it: all is one. And yet everything comes in season.
more Heraclitus quotes
It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.
more A. A. Hodge quotes
The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together.
more Eric Hoffer quotes
One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, ‘I have it,' merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it.
more Henrik Ibsen quotes
It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.
more Molly Ivins quotes
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
more Thomas Jefferson quotes
In the long vista of the years to roll,
Let me not see my country's honor fade;
Oh! let me see our land retain its soul!
Her pride in Freedom, and not Freedom's shade.

more John Keats quotes
I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
more Helen Keller quotes
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
more John F. Kennedy quotes
Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency asks the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?
But conscience asks the question, is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular,
but one must take it because it is right.

more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
more Vince Lombardi quotes
True freedom is to share
All the chains our brothers wear
And, with heart and hand, to be
Earnest to make others free.

more James Russell Lowell quotes
The man who has the will to undergo all labor may win to any good.
more Martin Luther quotes
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
more Nelson Mandela quotes
Rousseau had it backwards. We are NOT born free. We are born in the chains of the random and the reflexive, and are ignorant and unreasonable by simple nature. We must learn to be free, to organize the random and detect the reflexive, to acquire the knowledge of particulars and the powers of reason. The examined life is impossible if we cannot examine, order, classify, define, distinguish, always in minute particulars.
more Richard Mitchell quotes
If you stop struggling, then you stop life.
more Huey P. Newton quotes
There will be no prison which can hold our movement down... The walls, the bars, the guns and the guards can never encircle or hold down the idea of the people.
more Huey P. Newton quotes
You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can't jail the Revolution.
more Huey P. Newton quotes
As hard as modern man strives to be free he is a slave chained to the past.
more Suso Ohno quotes
Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends.
more Isabel Paterson quotes
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
more Plato quotes
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
more Plutarch quotes
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can make for us or spare us.
more Marcel Proust quotes
If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't been in bed with a mosquito.
more Anita Roddick quotes
It will take America fifteen years of steady taking care of our own business and letting everybody else's alone, to get us back to where everybody speaks to us again.
more Will Rogers quotes
Freedom is not a gift which can be enjoyed save by those shown themselves worthy of it.
more Theodore Roosevelt quotes
Without seeking, truth cannot be known at all. It can neither be declared from pulpits, nor set down in articles, nor in any wise prepared and sold in packages ready for use. Truth must be ground for every man by itself out of it such, with such help as he can get, indeed, but not without stern labor of his own.
more John Ruskin quotes
You just can't beat the person who never gives up.
more Babe Ruth quotes
By a Declaration, Liberty is born. With Courage she is nourished, and with unceasing Commitment she is guarded.
more Eric Schaub quotes
I cannot free another, and no one can free me. Freedom is acquired with the responsibility that sustains it.
more Eric Schaub quotes
A great pilot can sail even when his canvas is rent.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
Just as an enemy is more dangerous to a retreating army, so every trouble that fortune brings attacks us all the harder if we yield and turn our backs.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
Things ’twas hard to bear ’tis pleasant to recall.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
Virtue alone affords everlasting and peace-giving joy; even if some obstacle arise, it is but like an intervening cloud, which floats beneath the sun but never prevails against it.
more Lucius Annaeus Seneca quotes
The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost.
more George Shultz quotes
Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.
more Thomas Sowell quotes
They said it couldn't be done but sometimes it doesn't work out that way.
more Casey Stengel quotes
Illegitimati non carborundum. (Don't let the bastards grind you down.)
more General Joseph W. Stilwell quotes
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
more Henry David Thoreau quotes
A gun gives you the body, not the bird.
more Henry David Thoreau quotes
Before the creation of the welfare state, immigrants who came to this country were for the most part attracted by America’s reputation as a land of freedom and opportunity. Laws and customs that then prevailed required immigrants to carve out their individual destinies by their own labor, perseverance, intelligence, and determination.
more James Thornton quotes
Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain't so.
more Mark Twain quotes
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.
more Mark Twain quotes
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