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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Some Quotes

“Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.”
--Louis Brandeis

“When a Republican makes you a highball, he takes the jigger and measures out the whiskey. A Democrat just pours."
--Eric F. Goldman

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
--C.S. Lewis

“The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.”
--James Madison

“It’s more fun to eat in a saloon than it is to drink in a restaurant.”
--Mike McConnell

“The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”
--John Stuart Mill

“I am not interested in getting into heaven right now. I am interested in getting into the majority.”
--Chris Redfern

“God made the idiot for practice, and then He made the school board.”
--Mark Twain


Blogger freeman said...

All good quotes, except for the Goldman one, which I feel is either obsolete or dishonest. Both parties just pour the liquor in without measurement these days. The difference is that Republicans then lie to you by claiming that they did measure the liquor out beforehand.

5:06 PM, July 21, 2005  
Blogger Jason Sonenshein said...

I first read the Goldman quote as a comment on Republicans' being more socially uptight than Democrats, but, now that you mention it, it looks like he could have been talking about fiscal policy. If that is the case, you're right that it is obsolete. I first read it in Webster's Unafraid Dictionary by Leonard Louis Levinson, which was published in 1967.

7:47 PM, July 21, 2005  
Anonymous Dr. Health said...

It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

10:52 AM, March 15, 2011  

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