“Raise your words, not voice.  It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

Jalaluddin Rumi

“If you are more interested in being liked and popular than holding people accountable for results, you have a serious leadership weakness. It is not your job to make people happy. Your job is to get them better. Holding people accountable to high standards and results is nothing to apologize for. Failing to stretch them to their potential is.”

Dave Anderson, Author of No-Nonsense Leadership

Blindly they were led down the path, singing praise for their leader, hearing only his words and believing in him, till there was no way back, their lives were forever changed, and they were disillusioned.

Opining Quill

“Man must behave like a lighthouse; he must shine day and night for the goodness of everyman.”

Mehmet Murat ildan

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

“In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.”

Mark Twain 1908

“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.”

Thomas Jefferson

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” –

George Washington

“When life knocks you on your knees, your in the perfect position to pray!”


“To sin by silence when they should protest.. makes cowards of men.”

Abraham Lincoln.

“If you’re not a liberal in your twenties, you’ve got no heart. If you’re not a conservative by your forties, you either haven’t grown up or you’ve got no brain.”

Sir Winston Churchill

“History comes and goes, but principles endure and inspire future generations to defend liberty, not as a gift from government, but a blessing from our Creator.”

Ronald Reagan

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

Thomas Jefferson

“No matter how worthy the cause, it is robbery, theft and injustice to confiscate the property of one person and give it to another to whom it does not belong.”

Walter Williams

“Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.”

Thomas Sowell

“Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.”

Thomas Jefferson

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary.”

James Madison

“Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government.”

Milton Friedman

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

Thomas Jefferson

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

Winston Churchill

“Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.”

Grover Cleveland

“Government has no right to control individual liberty beyond what is necessary to the safety and well-being of society.”

John Calhoun

“The man with power but without conscience, could, with an eloquent tongue…put this whole country into flame.”

Woodrow Wilson

“Wherever a discretionary power is lodged in any set of men over the property of their neighbors, they will abuse it.”

Alexander Hamilton

“The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife.”

Thomas Jefferson

“The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare.”

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

“Human dignity is bound up with taking responsibility for conducting one’s own affairs. When the state annexes that responsibility, the citizenry are indeed mere sheep to the government shepherd.”

Paul Anthony Rahe

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.


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