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Updated 21 March 2014

We proudly present a collection of Quotes from the Conservative World. This is maintained for the historical record. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils."
-- General John Stark, 31 July 1809

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
-- Dr. Adrian Rogers

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American peoples' liberty teeth and keystone under independence... From the hour the pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable... The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference. They deserve a place of honor with all that is good."
-- George Washington addressing the 1st Continental Congress

"I have worked and trained very hard to get to the level I am at, and if A2006 becomes law, I will be forced to choose between giving up on a very bright and promising future in a sport that I love, or asking my dad if we can move to another state… Everyone is upset about bad people doing bad things to others. But punishing the people who didn't do anything wrong is not the way to stop bad people."
-- Shyanne Roberts, 9 year old competitive shooter

"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe."
-- Frederic Bastiat

"This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector."
-- Plato

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, 6 April 1816

"A wise and frugal government... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
-- Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1801

"Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"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

"When the people fear the government there is tyranny. When the government fears the people there is freedom."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."
-- Benjamin Franklin

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
-- Benjamin Franklin

"It's a changing country, the demographics are changing. It's not a traditional America anymore, and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama. The white establishment is now the minority. The voters, many of them, feel this economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. You're gonna see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama. And women will probably break President Obama's way. People feel that they are entitled to things — and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things?"
-- William James "Bill" O'Reilly, Jr., American television host, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator, 06 November 2012

"The atom bomb was no great decision. It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righeousness."
-- Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States

"Americans have the right and advantages of being armed - unlike the citizens of the countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
-- James Madison, The Federalist Papers

"Our own government took the side of the drug dealer, found him in Mexico, brought him back and treated his wound at taxpayer expense. The government made a back room deal with the drug dealer by telling him that in exchange for his testimony against Ramos and Compean, he would be given immunity for that offense."
-- Representative Ted Poe, (Rep-TX), commenting on the conviction of U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean

"So I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them [Iran] from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. I take the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon very seriously. And we'll continue to work with all nations about the seriousness of this threat."
-- President George W. Bush

"But listening to him [Barack Obama] speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state Senate."
-- Sarah Palin, Governer of Alaska and 2008 Vice-President nominee

"Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay ... he [Barack Obama] wants to meet them without preconditions. "
-- Sarah Palin, Governer of Alaska and 2008 Vice-President nominee

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."
-- Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States

"It must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures."
-- Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States

"To bring the worst of the worst terrorists inside the United States would be cause for great danger... It is recklessness cloaked in righteousness and would make the American people less safe... The terrorists see just what they were hoping for: our unity gone, our resolve shaken, our leaders distracted. In short, they see weakness and opportunity."
-- Dick Cheney, Vice-President of the United States commenting on President Obama's desire to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay Cuba and release the enemy combatants and terrorists held there

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
-- Patrick Henry, speech to the House of Burgesses (the legislative body of the Virginia colony), 23 March 1775

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
-- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835

"One percent of the households that file in this city pay something like 50 percent of the taxes. In the city, that's something like 40,000 people. If a handful left, any raise would make it revenue neutral... The question is what's fair. If 1 percent are paying 50 percent of the taxes, you want to make it even more? Anybody below that 1 percent, no taxes?... Keep in mind little over half the households that file tax returns don't pay any taxes, and about 30 percent of the households that file get a credit from the government, that's the Earned Income Tax Credit... It's also true that it's easy to rile against the, quote, rich. I saw one group wants to give affordable housing to people up to $240,000 income a year, but $250,000, they're millionaires and we've got to tax 'em."
-- Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City said on his weekly radio show, 14 February 2009

"The bill that was about jobs, jobs, jobs has turned into a bill that's about spending, spending, spending."
-- John Boehner (Rep-OH) commenting on the Stimulus Bill as he tossed the 1,071-page document to the floor in Congress, 13 February 2009

"Hold on to your wallets folks because with the passage of this trillion-dollar baby, the Democrats will be poised to spend as much as $3 trillion in your tax dollars. Taxpayers will be on the hook for spending that will stimulate the debt, stimulate the growth of government, but will do little to stimulate jobs or the economy."
-- Senator Kit Bond (Rep-MO) commenting on the Stimulus Bill, 11 February 2009

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."
-- Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of England

"A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money."
-- G Gordon Liddy

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."
-- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!"
-- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session."
-- Mark Twain (1866)

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!"
-- Pericles (430 B.C.)

"I 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

"I am not going to tell people what I don't believe."
-- Rush Limbaugh, on the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show, 22 January 2009

"Liberals don't believe that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. If they promoted that, there'd be no need for liberalism."
-- Rush Limbaugh

"Do you know why there's a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one."
-- Rush Limbaugh

"For government to give, it must first take away."
-- Rush Limbaugh

"I have always believed that everyone has the potential to do something extraordinary if they're guided and helped along the way."
-- Bob Mathias, two time Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist, US Marine, US Congressman (R), Director of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO

"When the government takes over healthcare, they will decide who gets what healthcare. The government will decide what a life is worth and what a year is worth in a person's life. They will decide when a life is not worth the cost of living."
-- David Meyer, 05 May 2013

"Freedom and Liberty are always expensive ideals. All too often, these ideals are required to be paid for in blood. It is never easy, cheap, or fun to earn the right to be Free and to experience a life whereby you have the right to Life and Liberty. There is always some power that will try to take away the concepts of Freedom and Liberty so as to control the citizens and dictate their wishes as to who will do what, who will get what, and when it will be done. People that give their lives to others to control and provide for are completely ignorant of the concepts of Freedom and Liberty. Being two subjects that are no longer taught in school, there are growing numbers of people who have no understanding of what Freedom and Liberty are. These were never concepts by which they lived their lives and because of this, they could never be counted on to fight for and defend these ideals. Instead they sit back enjoying the trinkets given to them by the politicians under the guise of protection and equality with absolutely no improvement in their lives whatsoever while they allow the Freedoms and Liberties guaranteed in the US Constitution to be taken away one at a time. They have neither the conviction nor the courage to live as free people. They become sheep, easily controlled, constantly manipulated, leaving them unable and unwilling to protect themselves from the very government they have empowered to take everything from them while pretending to care for them."
-- David Meyer, speaking about the loss of Liberty in today's life, 10 December 2012

"The people are not free when the government is free to do as it pleases."
-- David Meyer, speaking about the intrusion of Government into our daily lives, 06 November 2012

"It is important to note the following facts. True Socialists do not actually want to live under Socialism; they want to live over Socialism. They understand what Socialism is and how restrictive it is. Socialism turns people into refugees that are totally dependent on the generosity of the government for life's every need. It is their desire to force everyone else to live under the rule of Socialism they speak of with such conviction with all of its promises of free food, healthcare, and everything else promised by the ruling class. However, the leaders that proclaim the greatness of Socialism will make sure they are exempted from the restrictions that apply to the rest of the population. The truth face of Socialism is a limited existence with very little hope of ever gaining anything more than a daily ration and living a life as the government requires."
-- David Meyer, 22 July 2011

"Liberals and Conservatives differ primarily on their view of others. Liberals, believing that most people need help and cannot function on their own, want to force Liberal beliefs, agendas, and policies into every aspect of every person's life. Conservatives just want to be left alone to live their lives as independent, self-reliant, responsible people - free from the polices that are intended at conception and by design to enslave as many people as possible by creating greater dependency and offering less Freedom, Liberty, and Independence."
-- David Meyer, 01 August 2009

"Concerning the current trend of government bailouts, there is one thing that is true although often ignored. As opposed to sound economic strategies that businesses follow, governments do not invest to increase productivity, but rather to increase the level of dependency of those that they claim to help."
-- David Meyer, 01 February 2009

"In the natural world, every living thing, be it plant or animal, exploits every other living thing that exists on the planet in order to survive just one more day regardless of the degree of separation. Like it or not, that is nature."
-- David Meyer, July 2006

"Both the earth and nature are inherently self-purging, self-purifying, and self-regenerating all at the same time in the ability to compensate for change. It is an ongoing process and there is nothing that mankind or any other living thing can do to change or control the ability of the earth to remain in a state of equilibrium."
-- David Meyer, July 2006

"Capitalism allows for an ever increasing standard by which success is measured. Socialism, on the other hand, allows for an ever increasing standard of dependency."
-- David Meyer, March 2005

"At first they wanted tolerance, then they wanted acceptance, and now they demand approval. The next thing you know, the Gay community will insist that any act committed under the banner of homosexuality must be considered normal and should be taught in schools."
-- David Meyer, speaking about the expansion of the Gay lifestyle in every aspect of American life, August 2004

"Peace happens when the consequences of an attack are known and severe."
-- David Meyer, August 1996

"The price of freedom is great... It is never given freely and it is forever being paid."
-- David Meyer, June 1990

"Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."
-- Samuel Adams

"The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms."
-- Samuel Adams

"If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of Almighty God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave."
-- Samuel Adams

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
-- Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776.

"The Constitution is not a suicide pact."
-- Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, in response to charges that he was violating the United States Constitution by suspending habeas corpus during the American Civil War

"I think all of us are agreed that war is probably man's greatest stupidity and I think peace is the dream that lives in the heart of everyone wherever he may be in the world, but unfortunately, unlike a family quarrel, it doesn't take two to make a war. It only takes one, unless the other one is prepared to surrender at the first hint of force."
-- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States

"America represents something universal in the human spirit. I received a letter not long ago from a man who said, 'You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey, and you won't become a German or a Turk.' But then he added, 'Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American.' "
-- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States at a campaign rally for Vice President Bush, San Diego, November 7, 1988

"We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
-- President Ronald Reagan in a speech at the Brandenburg Gate near the Berlin Wall on 12 June 1987. This statement was directed at Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall.

"The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."
-- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States

"Don't be afraid to see what you see."
-- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States

"It's not that Liberals are ignorant, it's just they know so much that isn't so."
-- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. "
-- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States, 1986

"The simple truth is that we've lost control of our own borders, and no nation can do that and survive."
-- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States

"When you walk through a bad neighborhood, you don't want a poodle by your side. You want a Rottweiler."
-- Gene Simmons on why he voted for George Bush in 2004

"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum." ("If you want peace, prepare for war")
-- Julius Caesar

"Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong."
-- Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States

"But perhaps the most important difference between Conservatives and Liberals can be found in the area of national security. Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war. Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. In the wake of 9/11, Conservatives believed it was time to unleash the might and power of the United States military against the Taliban."
-- Karl Rove, White House Deputy Chief of Staff at the New York State Conservative Party, June 22, 2005

"Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."
-- Colin Powell, Secretary of State

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."
-- Thomas Paine

"To disarm the people... was the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
-- George Mason


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