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These words disturb many cowardly peons

These words disturb many cowardly peons, who abdicate their self-dignity by willingly pronouncing their allegiance for the state, especially when the conduct based upon coercion and dependency is the norm.

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny”

“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.”

"No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.”

“The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.”

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

“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

“What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”

“It is better to tolerate that rare instance of a parent’s refusing to let his child be educated, than to shock the common feelings by a forcible transportation and education of the infant against the will of his father.”

"I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.”

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

“A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.”

“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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Nice list.

Here is one I find quite applicable to today thought it was written hundreds of years ago by Frederich Basitat in his book "The Law".

"It would be impossible, therefore, to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this—the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder."

This is an excellent book.

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin

Here's a quote of my own:

"No one ever achieved freedom with a vote. Tyranny was never defeated by anyone standing in a voting booth on election day. Your rights were not given to you by an election, and they can not be taken away by one either. YOU are in charge of YOU! No one can make you obey! A million laws could be passed to take away your freedom, but they would only work if you adhere to those laws. Live your life as you so wish without harming others in the process and when/if tyranny ever comes to punish you, look it dead in the eye and say "NO!". Resist! Revolt! Rebel! You have but one life and it is YOURS to live, let no man reign over you and let no unjust law restrain you! To live in any other manner is a disappointment to your creator who hath created you to live, love, and prosper as a free being." - FromJericho 5/7/12

"sometimes I hug the coffee table when no one is looking."

There is one word that

There is one word that disturbs many cowardly peons: Peace

Great quotes. Terrible

Great quotes.

Terrible title.

It's worth noting that you'll never find the author of your quotes titling his works the way you have. Something to ponder.

To be sure.

Excellent point.

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin

Is there anyone amoung us

who is not deeply moved by these quotes and inspired to go after corruption in our monstrous government and set things the way they ought to be. Thomas Jefferson lives in all of us. Thank you for the list.

"Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. The small landowners are the most precious part of a state."
Thomas Jefferson

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx

Where is that Jefferson quote

Where is that Jefferson quote from? That applies sooo much to the US right now.

I found it searching the web

for TJ quotes to place on my website, its listed on many sites just Start-Page it. I pulled it from my website.

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx



Thank you for the reminder!

Thank you for the reminder!