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Favorite Quotes

Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen. —Eisenhower

Of all the tasks of government, the most basic is to protect its citizens from violence. —John Foster Dulles.

“Government is not eloquence; it is not reason. It is force…”—George Washington, c. 1790.

“If you think you can achieve a goal you are usually right. If you think you can’t do it you are also proven right.” —author unknown

“The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side.” —author unknown

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

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” —Abraham Lincoln

Dear Lord, In the battle that goes on through life, I ask for a chance that is fair to all in the strife, The courage to do and to dare. And if I should win let it be with my faith and my honor held high, And if I should lose let me stand and cheer as the winner goes by. (Author unknown)

Ten “Cannots” attributed to Abraham Lincoln “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.”

“You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.”

“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.”

“You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.”

“You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.”

“You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.”

“You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.”

“You cannot establish security on borrowed money.”

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.”

“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

“It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work – work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.” –President Ronald Reagan, Jan. 20, 1981, First Inaugural Address

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world…” —Margaret Mead

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There has been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall - think of it, ALWAYS.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present…..As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.” —Abraham Lincoln

“Perception is the reality that politics is based on.”

“Being right doesn’t necessarily mean you will prevail.” —John Overington

“There is no reality except in action.” —John Paul Sartre

“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” —Victor Hugo

“I hope you will also find time to read and improve your mind. Read history, works of truth, not novels and romances. Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret.” —Robert E. Lee

“Other people’s lives are as rich and deep to them as ours are to us. Bigotry ignores this principle; corruption is insensitive to it. Government-bred dependency violates individual self- respect and dignity and is contrary to personal development and growth.” —John Overington

“My reading of history convinces me that me that most bad government results for too much government.” —Thomas Jefferson

“America is great because she is good. But if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” —Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) Democracy in America

FULL QUOTE: “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there in her fertile fields and boundless forests – and it was not there in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” —Attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville by Dwight D. Eisenhower in his final campaign address in Boston, Massachusetts, November 3, 1952.

“When Hitler attacked the Jews … I was not a Jew, therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the unions and the industrialists, I was not a member of the unions and I was not concerned. Then, Hitler attacked me and the Protestant churches and there was nobody left to be concerned.” —Martin Niemller (1892 - 1984),

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish then to live as slaves.” —Winston Churchill, Speech before British Parliament, 1939

“The legislative process is the clash of competing interests & philosophies. For many issues we are in an ideological civil war being fought with ballots rather than bullets; where dollars are the ammunition of this political warfare; where public relations and power battle truth; where perception becomes the reality of politics; where being right doesn’t necessarily mean you will prevail. The outcome of this clash will determine how the nature of man is to be defined and who has the power to control man’s destiny. In a world where politics is often about power and money and egos, will individualism, freedom, and self-determinism survive? —John Overington
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