Scott's Choice Quotes

Quotable Quotes

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Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean that politics will not take an interest in you.
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We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all.
- Pericles
    For more on why these quotes are so important, see Responsibility.

Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world.
- Sharon Salzberg

Every time we go into the voting booth, we are choosing the moral and spiritual direction of our nation.   That is a privilege and responsibility that should not be abdicated.
- Robert Jeffress

A generation which ignores history has no past - and no future.
- Robert Heinlein

America is not a racist country.   Anyone claiming otherise has a vested interest in keeping us divided.   The easiest way to maintain power over any group is to keep those within it at war with one another.
- Candace Owens

Supporting our bedrock principles isn't a partisan position.   Its an American position.
- Susan Collins, U.S. Senator from Maine

"If a man neglects to enforce his rights, he cannot complain if, after a while, the law follows his example."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.
- Thomas Sowell

Government should be set up so that no man need be afraid of another.
- Charles de Montesquieu, from The Spirit of Laws

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
- Daniel Webster

To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.
    For more on why this quote is so important, see Citizen Politicians.
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The business of America is business.
- Calvin Coolidge

The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.
- Charles-Louis De Secondat

Considering the Democrat Party derives its power from a victim society, what is their motivation to pass legislation which solves that?
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Don't predict the future - create it.
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In the final year of Obama's Presidency, we lost 17,000 manufacturing jobs he claimed were NEVER coming back.   In the 1st year of the Trump Presidency, we've added 171,000 new manufacturing jobs!
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No wonder the economy suffers under Democrats. They think business is inherently evil run by inherently evil men and women.   Listen to Schumer's and Bernie's comments today. Their HATRED for American business seethes from within them.
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In a way I feel sorry for the Left.   What must it be like to wake up one day and realize everything you believe in and worked for was wrong?
- Bill Mitchell

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.
- Nelson Mandela
    For more on why this quote is so important, see Education.

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
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Any fool can know.   The point is to understand.
- Albert Einstein

Fools take no delight in understanding, but only in displaying what they think.
- Proverbs 18:2

It is the triumph of reason to get on well with those who possess none.
- Hari Seldon, as recorded in Foundation's Fear, by Gregory Benford

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
- Ida B. Wells

The honor of simply being an American - a child not of old borders and ancient alliances, but of ideals and liberty.
- Brian Meade and Don Yaeger, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, page 62

America is the shining city on the hill.
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If not now, when? If not us, who?
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Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
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A nation without borders is not a nation.
- Ronald Reagan, others

Inside every Progressive is a Totalitarian screaming to get out.
David Horowitz

A European is disarmed in the face of a dictatorship: he may hate it, but he feels that he is wrong and, metaphysically, the State is right. An American would rebel to the bottom of his soul.
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When a government holds arbitrary control over the economy, it will necessarily act unjustly, because it will be using force in favor of one group of people at the expense of others.
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By what conceivable right can anyone demand that a human being exist for anything but his own joy?
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Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.
- Ayn Rand

Liberty is the very idol of my soul, the parent of virtue, the nurse of heroes, the dispenser of general happiness....
- Arthur Lee

But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
- John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775
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Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people....
- John Adams, Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 1765

But of all the views of this law none is more important, none more legitimate, than that of rendering the people the safe, as they are the ultimate, guardians of their own liberty.   For this purpose the reading in the first stage, where they will receive their whole education, is proposed, as has been said, to be chiefly historical.   History by apprising them of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.
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I have sworn upon the alter of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
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The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
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I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
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The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
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The natural progress is for government to advance and liberty to yield.
- Thomas Jefferson

I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money.
- Thomas Sowell

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.
- Patrick Henry

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on not understanding it.
- Upton Sinclair

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
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Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner.   Liberty is a well-armed lamb.
- Benjamin Franklin

Respect for "the system" is what provides a stable civilization.
- Scott Adams

You are the Leader you have been waiting for.
- Maria Shriver

The best thing you can do as a father is to make sure your kids see how much you love their mother.
- Matthew McConaughye

Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.
- Henry Ford

You have to expect progress to be made.
- Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician for Mercury, Gemini, Apollo projects

If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you are doing.
- W. Edwards Deming

The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles.
- Oren Harari

- Honda motorcycle ad, 1982

Be brave enough to fail at something new.
- John Acuff

You only need one person who is brave and might seem like a fool in the beginning to start a movement.
- Alec Joannou

Here's to the crazy ones.   The misfits.   The rebels.   The trouble-makers.   The round pegs in the square holes.   The ones who see things differently.   They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo.   You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them.   But the only thing you can't do is ignore them.   Because they change things.   They push the human race forward.   And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.   Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Apple ad, 1997

Rebels revel in rewriting reality's restrictions.
- Ryan Lilly

As human beings, we're constantly evaluating our paths - our dreams, our fears, and the simple truth that fulfillment always lies just beyond the veil of what we perceive our limitations to be.
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We all struggle, and it's who we decide to become on the other side of struggle that defines our lives and our paths.
- Grant Korgan
        as recorded in Shattered Spine, Unbreakable Spirit, Flying magazine, August 2019

There are always possibilities.
- Spock, as recorded in Star Trek II, The Wrath of Khan
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What you want is irrelevant.   What you have chosen is at hand!
- Spock, as recorded in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

A lot of people go through life never quite understanding that if things aren't as wonderful as they should be, it's their own fault.
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Life is too short to be living someone else's dream.
- Hugh Hefner

We want our country to be a sanctuary for law-abiding citizens.
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We were born free, and we will stay free.
- President Donald Trump

Socialism means turning over your freedom to your government.
- Tyler Durden

Poverty has no causes.   Only prosperity has causes.
- Jane Jacobs
    To see in action how true this quote is, and why, see America Rebounds!

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
- Thomas Fowell Burton, politician and abolitionist

Only three more days 'til Monday!
- Dennis Thompson, on Friday

I believe in spending what you have to.   But I also believe in not spending more than you should.
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Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score.   The real excitement is playing the game.
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The worst of times often create the best opportunities to make good deals.
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You need advertising the most when people aren't buying.
- Donald Trump, The Art Of the Deal

The most important thing in life is to love what you are doing, because that is the only way you will ever be good at it.
- Fred Trump, as recorded in The Art Of the Deal, by Donald Trump

Do what you love, but be damned sure it's profitable.   If you do work you love, but it doesn't generate income, your business will fail.   If you do work you hate, but it generates income, your health will fail... and your business along with it.   If you can't do what you love and make it profitable, you've either got a hobby or a headache, not a sustainable business.   Don't settle for anything less than passion and profit.
- Steve Pavlina

Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons.   If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power.
- Yoshimi Ishikawa

The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave.
- James Burgh, 1774

The right of the people to keep and bear... arms shall not be infringed.
- James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789

It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
- Samuel Adams

As an American I am not so shocked that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize without any accomplishments to his name, but that America gave him the White House based on the same credentials.
- Newt Gingrich

Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
- John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

Meet the new boss; same as the old boss.
- The Who, Won't Get Fooled Again

Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
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When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
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People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power.   If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous.
- Edmund Burke

History repeats itself.   That is one of the things wrong with history.
- Darrow's Observation

Change before you have to.
- Jack Welch

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
-- Emperor Cleon I, as recorded in Foundation's Fear, by Gregory Benford

Managers do things right - while leaders do the right thing.
- Hunter Harrison, CEO of four railroads, as quoted in Railroader, by Howard Green, 2018

Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.
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If you are going through hell, keep going.
- Winston Churchill

Fear is the mind-killer.   Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.   I will face my fear.   I will permit it to pass over me and through me.   And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.   Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.   Only I will remain.
- from the book Dune, by Frank Herbert

Tomorrow is the most important thing.   ...   It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.   It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.
- John Wayne

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon the world.
- Albert Camus

Real integrity is doing the right thing knowing that nobody is going to know if you did it or not.
- Oprah Winfrey

No one is you and that is your power.
- Dave Grohl

Don't deduce their intentions by your fears.
- from "Getting to Yes", by Roger Fisher and William Ury

Think for yourself.
- Joan Crosby

Socialism always needs a scapegoat - someone to blame for its lack of success.   The failure of Socialism is inevitable, and Socialist rulers need to deflect the blame from thsmselves and their failed policies.
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Freedom cannot be imposed or granted by a sovereign.   Freedom requires first of all that the people are sovereign.
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When you say that the rights of individuals should be abrogated, it is only fair that such an imposition should first be placed upon yourself.
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Regimentation fails to take into account the value of thinking, reason, and knowledge.
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You can have freedom, or you can have socialism.   Each one destroys the possibility of the other.
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The freedom which is an American's Right places him above any titled "nobleman", any king, for he has something which they can never possess.
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Politically, Freedom - and a government to protect it - is the most important thing.
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A proper government exists only because it is authorized by its citizens with its sole purpose being to protect their rights.
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Courage is knowing when fear is bad advice.
- Scott Crosby

Graffiti -- i.e., quotes whose author I do not know

Socialism takes, Capitalism creates

When you vote, you control the government.
When you don't, the government controls you.

When government takes away citizens' right to bear arms it becomes citizens' duty to take away government's right to govern.

Corruptio Optima Pessima - Corruption of the best is the worst.

Don't worry about failure.   Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.

"Dead last finish" is greater than "Did not finish", which trumps "Did not start".

Everything you want is on the other side of fear.

Don't look back; you're not going that way.

"Obsessed" is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.

Luck favors the prepared.

Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, "Get the hell out of my way, I've got things to do."

What did you do today to bring yourself one step closer to your goal?

Defeat your enemies with success.

If it is important to you, you will find a way.   If not, you will find an excuse.

You don't always get what you wish for, you get what you work for.

Innovation is not just something new.
Innovation is something that adds additional value.

Success is not having a good idea.
Success is implementing a good idea.

Work smarter, not harder.

Champions are made in the off-season.

Excuses are for people who don't want it bad enough.

Don't let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours.

If you want something you've never had, then you've got to do something you've never done.

To keep doing the same thing and expect different results is insanity.

Three Simple Rules In Life
1.   If you do not go after what you want, you will never have it.
2.   If you do not ask, the answer will always be "No."
3.   If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.

In life you are either a passenger or a pilot ... it is your choice.

We are participants, not spectators.

Some days you get the bear; some days the bear gets you.

When I was five years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "Happy."
They told me I didn't understand the assignment.
I told them they didn't understand life.

The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people.

You can lead a human to knowledge, but you can't make him think.

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