Notable Quotes

“Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything?
If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years we will have the smartest people on earth.” 

— Will Rogers, Weekly Articles



We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

— Benjamin Franklin



Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people
whose manners are universally corrupt.

— Samuel Adams



“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



“No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable;
nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.”

— Alexander Hamilton and James Madison
The Federalist Papers



“A tax cut to compensate for a tax increase is not a cut — it’s a con."

— Tony Abbott

“What is the difference between a 
taxidermist and a tax collector?
The taxidermist takes only your skin.”

— Mark Twain



“In liberal logic, if life is unfair then the answer is to turn more tax money over to politicians, 
to spend in ways that will increase their chances of getting reelected.”

— Thomas Sowell



“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens.
They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest,
and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.”

— Joseph Story



“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

— Ronald Regan



Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual
— or at least that he ought not so to do;
but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.

— Samuel Adams, 1781
Letter to the Boston Gazette