Trail Favorite Quotes – Est. Open Forum 12/27/2010

Indeed, in a free government  almost

all other rights would become worthless

if the government possessed power

over the private fortune of every citizen.” Chief Justice John Marshall

Good Morning Honeys. Thank you for all the lovely, heartfelt “Merry Christmases” extended to Honey Trail Hikers this Christmas Season. We treasure each others’ well wishes, thoughts, and prayers.

I put the above quote as my Facebook status in an attempt to keep the flame alive on rescuing our country from the grip of vultures. After the election, many of us sighed a big sigh of relief and got started being busy for the holidays, so I give myself, my friends and my fellow patriots a little spark. How about sharing with Hikers’ a favorite one-line quote or motto to help encourage, remind, provoke, embolden, etc for use to “preach it” to stay the course and Patriots may know they are not alone and are on the right path (and in the right mind).

Update: This post has been “converted” to an ongoing page under “Quot ables” on the side bar.  Since this post started out as an open forum there were many comments that were NOT quotes.  Once it was decided to keep thread ongoing as gathered quotes, non-relevant comments were deleted.  The original page with all comments can be viewed by googling the cache.

129 Responses to Trail Favorite Quotes – Est. Open Forum 12/27/2010

  1. WeeWeed says:

    Good Morning, Honeys! Heading for work (yuck) but will leave a Mark Twain quote on the way;

    “Loyalty to country, ALWAYS. Loyalty to government when it deserves it.”

    Everyone have a great day!

  2. GracieD says:

    I have so many favorites, it is hard to choose just one…

    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

    Ronald Reagan

  3. GracieD says:

    If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

    Ronald Reagan

    This is how I feel about Congress:

    Trust, but verify.

    Ronald Reagan

    Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

    Ronald Reagan

    Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

    Ronald Reagan

    It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

    Ronald Reagan

    Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

    Ronald Reagan

    • GracieD says:

      This is one of the quotes that keep me going when I get discouraged…

      Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.

      Ronald Reagan

  4. GracieD says:

    Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

    Ronald Reagan

    Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.

    Ronald Reagan

    Facts are stubborn things.

    Ronald Reagan

    I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.

    Ronald Reagan

  5. JRD says:

    Nations crumble from within when the citizenry asks of government those things which the citizenry might better provide for itself. … I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.

    No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!

    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

  6. butchcracker says:

    “Words that do not match deeds are not important”

    Che Guevara

    Hmmmmmmm…..BIG problem with current Potus…

  7. GracieD says:

    Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.

    Ronald Reagan

    My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.

    Ronald Reagan

    The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.

    Ronald Reagan

    There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.

    Ronald Reagan

  8. GracieD says:

    We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.

    Ronald Reagan

  9. GracieD says:

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

    Thomas Jefferson

    Delay is preferable to error.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

    Thomas Jefferson

    As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Be polite to all, but intimate with few.

    Thomas Jefferson

    A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men 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

    A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.

    Thomas Jefferson

  10. GracieD says:

    Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.

    Thomas Jefferson

    For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?

    Thomas Jefferson

    He who knows best knows how little he knows.

    Thomas Jefferson

    He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

    Thomas Jefferson

    History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

    Thomas Jefferson

    How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.

    Thomas Jefferson

  11. MRM says:

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

    Mahatma Ghandi

  12. GracieD says:

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

    Thomas Jefferson

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

    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

    In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease on our part also.

    Thomas Jefferson

  13. GracieD says:

    It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.

    Thomas Jefferson

    It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.

    Thomas Jefferson

    Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

    Thomas Jefferson

    My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

    Thomas Jefferson

  14. GracieD says:

    Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.

    George Washington

    Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

    George Washington

    Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

    George Washington

    Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

    George Washington

    I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

    George Washington

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

    George Washington

  15. GracieD says:

    It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

    George Washington

    It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.

    George Washington

    It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

    George Washington

  16. GracieD says:

    Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.

    George Washington

  17. GracieD says:

    The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.

    George Washington

    The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

    George Washington

    The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.

    George Washington

    The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.

    George Washington

    The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.

    George Washington

  18. GracieD says:

    Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.

    George Washington

  19. GracieD says:

    America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

    Abraham Lincoln

    Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.

    Abraham Lincoln

    Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

    Abraham Lincoln

    How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.

    Abraham Lincoln

    I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

    Abraham Lincoln

    I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.

    Abraham Lincoln

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

    Abraham Lincoln

  20. GracieD says:

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values – that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  21. GracieD says:

    Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  22. GracieD says:

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

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  23. GracieD says:

    A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

    Winston Churchill

    A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.

    Winston Churchill

    A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

    Winston Churchill

    All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

    Winston Churchill

  24. Kristi says:

    My favorite quotes are:

    You have to think anyway, might as well think big.

    -Donald Trump

    Fall down 7 times, stand up 8.

    -Japanese proverb.

  25. RedGrandma says:

    Great collection! Here’s one of my favorites:

    “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.”

    Benjamin Franklin

  26. Felix says:

    Hi Guys, I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas.

    Here’s one of my favorite quotes of all time:

    “The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.”

    ~Margaret Thatcher

    • NeeNee says:

      Mine too, Felix! Many times it’s falsely attributed

      to someone else.

      Wasn’t Lady Thatcher a perfect companion to

      Reagan? Too bad, she too in her golden years, is in ailing health.

      Alzheimers strikes again?

      • Felix says:

        Everytime I battle a leftie, I bring out that quote! :-)

        Maggie was the perfect companion for Reagan.

        I think we have our own Thatcher in the making and her initials are SHP.

    • yomotley says:

      That is a sputter quote. When a socialist hears it they start to sputter and spray. This quote is also the punchline to the joke, “How do you get a liberal to leave the room?” Answer, “Quote Margaret Thatcher – The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.”

  27. EZBurns says:

    Mornin’ y’all. Just dropped by to say “Merry Christmas!”

    As far as sayings go, all I can think of is Mae West.

    Sorry (I need more coffee and thought).

  28. NeeNee says:

    I have this on my antique shop bathroom wall

    (along with the RNC’s red stop sign “Stop Obama”)


    * Politics without principle

    * Pleasure without conscience

    * Wealth without work

    * Knowledge without character

    * Business without morality

    * Science without humanity

    * Worship without sacrifice

    We must all work together to bring back the American ideals!

    “Love America! But love her wisely, work hard to cure the faults,

    the mistakes under which she labors. Work to bring her closer to

    the ideal that is the real America. Do not leave her to be ruled

    by a few who make it their business and profit to rule.

    She is yours.” (anonymous)

  29. sundancecracker says:

    “Flush Twice, it’s a long way to Congress”.


  30. emmajeri1010 says:

    Yes!!! Thank you! Haven’t found the one I was looking for yet, but here’s one I had not seen before…..until I find the other one.

    “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.” ~~Winston Churchill

  31. emmajeri1010 says:

    Found it.

    “If you will not fight for the 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 the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

    — Winston Churchill

  32. JRD says:

    It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress. Mark Twain

  33. French Reader says:

    You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.

    Winston Churchill

    To my favorite american trailers !

  34. French Reader says:

    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

    Winston Churchill

  35. Pat P says:

    Good morning/afternoon all! Here is my submission:

    There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

    John Adams

  36. French Reader says:

    Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonour. They chose dishonour. They will have war.

    Winston Churchill after the Munich accords 1938

    • NeeNee says:

      Churchill was the modern-day equivalent

      of a prophet Isaiah—foretelling what was

      to come while being ignored until it was too late.

  37. EZBurns says:

    “They don’t want to teach you how to think, they want to tell you what to think.”

    Serenity (the movie)

  38. Shalini says:

    It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.

    — J.R.R. Tolkien

  39. Shalini says:

    I think it’s appropriate here despite the fact it’s just a fantasy novel. Besides, I love Samwise Gamgee.

    “Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.

    Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

    Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

    Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”

    — J.R.R. Tolkien

    • PhillyCon says:

      Absolutely LOVE LOR. Thank you!

      Does this dialogue take place when they are in Mordor?

      • Shalini says:

        Yes, that’s when it happens. I need to re-read the book. I can never get enough of LOTR, be it the books or the movies! :)

      • PhillyCon says:

        Agree, I think Tolkien was an utter genius … his grasp of human nature, and his characterization of good vs. evil is a lesson still applicable today.

        It’s amazing Leftists like the LOTR series, I don’t think they fully understand Tolkien’s message.

    • emmajeri1010 says:

      I think this is the perfect place for that quote!….Tolkien’s works (along with C. S. Lewis) were, if I may happily disagree with your comment that they are “just a fantasy”, are far beyond fantasy and have far thicker foundations than any fantasy. I surely wish I had trapped the specific statement, but some time ago I read some background on Tolkien and C. S. Lewis indicating they consciously chose to use fantasy for the purpose of reaching people with regard to the great Judeo-Christian doctrines of good and evil, victory and defeat, war and peace, salvation or not. They were frustrated that their contemporaries had so little understand of the Scriptures and decided to address the lack via these stories.

      Thank you for sharing this here. I always cry alot when I watch LOTR just because it touches something deep in my life….so I always watch it alone….so I can just let the tears flow and let truth strengthen me. I don’t use LOTR as a primary source of truth….but Tolkien uses truth as a primary source for his fantasy and I love that.

      • Shalini says:

        Actually Emma, I am happy you disagreed with what I had said about LOTR. Even when I said it was *just* fantasy, something in me vehemently protested. I agree that these works have far more depth and inner meaning to be dismissed as ‘just a fantasy’. I too, cry every time I see the movies and I don’t cry easy. The most recent was just 3 days ago! :) I sincerely thank you for disagreeing and letting me come to terms with what I truly feel.

        But though I do agree with you about Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, there is one significant difference between the two. Tolkien doesn’t care much for allegory while Lewis employs it in his stories. And I have to admit though I love both their works I prefer Tolkien’s fantasy novels over Lewis’s.

        And is this the quote you were looking for?

        “We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic ‘progress’ leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.”

        • emmajeri1010 says:

          No, what I had read was an analysis done with direct comment on the content and purposes of the writings of the two men….

      • PhillyCon says:

        Emma & Shalini:

        I recall this part from last week’s WSJ …

        Ms. Behar’s dismissal of children’s books as less than important makes her a modern-day Eustace, the type of bully who mocks readers of fairy tales as simpletons.

        Lewis thought quite the opposite. He thought that fairy tales were the best way to convey truth for children and adults alike. He wrote about this quite often in his letters, and took no shame in reading fairy tales out loud in British pubs with his friend J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.


        • emmajeri1010 says:

          That touches on what I was recalling….Lewis’ (and Tolkien’s) focus on conveying truth….and to that end they employed fantasy.

          I guess (just out of general human kindness) I hope that if Joy Behar ever figures out specifically what a piece of work she is that it doesn’t come to her all at once.

      • PhillyCon says:


        You are right about LOTR, there is something that just stays with you.

        It was haunting and moving, yet, I could not understand why.

        • Shalini says:

          ‘Haunting’… Yes! That’s exactly the word I was looking for when I was thinking of LOTR. Thank you for describing my own feelings about the movie so well!

  40. wendy ann says:

    Thomas Jefferson: “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.”

  41. wendy ann says:

    Who wouldn’t have guessed:

    Al Capone: “This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it”

  42. wendy ann says:

    Jesus: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

  43. PhillyCon says:

    Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!

    Rocky Balboa

    Speaking to his son in Rocky Balboa (2006)

  44. Auntie Lib says:

    Two of my favs:

    Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

    Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.

    P. J. O’Rourke

  45. PhillyCon says:

    Look Doris, someday you’re going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn’t work. And when you do, don’t overlook those lovely intangibles. You’ll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.

    -Fred Gailey

    Miracle on 34th Street

  46. violet says:

    I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. –E.B. White

    Maybe the atheist cannot find God for the same reason a thief cannot find a policeman. –Anonymous

    Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius. –Benjamin Disraeli

    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. –Bertrand Russell

    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. –Mark Twain

    Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young. –Fred Astaire

    Don’t carry a grudge. While you’re carrying the grudge the other guy’s out dancing. –Buddy Hackett

    I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect. –Oscar Wilde

    The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money. –Alexis de Tocqueville

    If you’re going through hell, keep going. –Winston Churchill

    We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. –George Orwell

    There is no proposition so clear that it cannot be rendered obscure and incomprehensible by a committee. –James Finnegan

    Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. –C. S. Lewis

    Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. –Douglas Adams

    Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannot congeal in winter. –James Fenimore Cooper

    Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. –Mark Twain

    The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. –John Locke

    When the people fear their government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. — Thomas Jefferson

    Revolution is impossible until it becomes inevitable. –Leon Trotsky

    Rogues are preferable to imbeciles because they sometimes take a rest. –Alexander Dumas

    Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad. –George Orwell

    Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. –Mark Twain

    The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. – G. K. Chesterton

    People see God every day; they just don’t recognize him. –Pearl Bailey

    I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light. –Mary Gardiner Brainard

    Were there no God, we would be in this glorious world with grateful hearts and no one to thank. –Christina Rossetti

  47. emmajeri1010 says:

    This is an amazing thread and I’m sort of sorry that tomorrow it will go the way of all threads.

  48. Menagerie says:

    Genius is born, not paid.

    If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they will kill you.

    A mn who does not think foe himself does not think at all.

    Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

    In America the president reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.

    Life is too important to be taken seriously.

    Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

    Oscar Wilde

  49. sundancecracker says:

    “Never travel without clean underwear”


  50. yomotley says:

    “A stiff prick has no conscience.” -Mom (Obama getting elected proves Mom right)

    “A lady is a lady is a lady” -Mom (Michelle as First Lady proves Mom right)

    “Don’t have sex with a girl until you know she was not already pregnant when you met her.” -Mom (Obama was already “pregnant” with another baby (idealogy). (Mom right again!)

    OK. That was not what Mom meant, but I found away to use the quotes that have nothing to do with the stuff going on here in the thread to make them look like they belonged, at least.

  51. emmajeri1010 says:

    I like that idea very much. If it is a tab at the top of the page, is there a way to add to it with other quotes? (not trying to complicate your life here, Mots, just asking out of ignorance!!)

  52. Amsterdam Expat says:

    “Vain is their pain who labour in despair.”

    – Sir Philip Sidney, The Old Arcadia.

  53. Shalini says:

    “Speak, LORD, your servant is listening.”

    – Samuel (Okay, Samuel misses out the ‘Lord’ part. That was Eli’s wise counsel to Samuel.)

  54. PhillyCon says:


    Is there a way you can make this a standing thread, like the prayer thread? Or is that what you were proposing?

    • yomotley says:

      Yeah, except I did not think of it being on the side bar. I was talking about the tabs up near the “reference” button, but both are pretty much the same thing. We have plenty of room on the side bar — need a cool pic, though. Because this is the open forum, there is other stuff on here that I would edit out so could be a real live “Quotable Quotes” page.

  55. Shalini says:

    “Don’t bother remembering all the good deeds you do. Because when the time comes God’s going to remember every single one of them for you, even the ones you don’t remember yourself. And remember every single bad thing you do until you truly repent, because when you do, God’s going to forget them and erase them completely from His thoughts.”

    – Mom

  56. GracieD says:

    Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

    Winston Churchill

    Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.

    Winston Churchill

    An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.

    Winston Churchill

    Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

    Winston Churchill

  57. NeeNee says:


    We haven’t laughed so hard in ages! Great find.

    Our favorite line was “I took that bastard Verizon

    guy with me!”

  58. frankie says:

    I’m late to the party and all I can say is……great collection of Quotes!!! Hope they’re saved somewhere for us to reference later.

    Has anyone got any particular thoughts to the fact that this Sat. it will be 1-1-11???

    • yomotley says:

      Well, that is one day we all get to #1. Is there some meaning behind all the “ones” like their is with 666? (I do lean on the clueless side with number symbolisms.)

      • frankie says:

        I have no idea about any symbolizm. I was wondering if it could be thought more of in the vein of good luck like people do with their “golden” birthdays OR if there could be some hidden portent such as ended up with 9-11. Maybe it is nothing more than the date of 1-1-11 – nothing more, nothing less. Don’t want to make something out of nothing.

  59. TXMom says:

    I love this thread!

    “Political correctness is tyranny with manners.” Charlton Heston

    “Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.” William F. Buckley

    “The policy of seeking values from human beings by means of force, when practiced by an individual, is called crime. When practiced by a government, it is called statism — or totalitarianism or collectivism or communism or socialism or nazism or fascism or the welfare state.” Nathaniel Branden

    “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.” Thomas Sowell

    and my favorite…..

    “Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.” Thomas Sowell

  60. yomotley says:

    Hey, Honeys, Just want to turn you onto something. If you put your cursor over the pictures on Honey Tail, you sometimes get an extra message. It is sort of fun. Sometimes it is simply the title of the pic, but other times it is a little extra “sugar”.

  61. sundancecracker says:

    “Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

  62. TXMom says:

    Note to the EPA and this administration:

    “You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.”

    Davy Crockett

    (just kidding) LOL

  63. NotAMolly says:

    The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

    Ronald Reagan

    40th president of US (1911 – 2004)

  64. MRM says:

    Love this! thanks for posting. In keeping with the theme, when the girls in the office were talking about the winter storms today, I told them I’d heard on the news that the worst hit areas were Democrat states. I had them going for a minute ….. even got to add “Elections have consequences” and shrug my shoulders before they realized I was kidding them…… I was happy just to know that they believed it for a minute. hee hee!

  65. AFinch says:

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

    Theodore Roosevelt

  66. yomotley says:

    Let’s Open a Book Club as suggested and talked about up in this thread.

    1. Talk about a book to choose.

    2. After a day or day of suggestions, someone take charge and pick one of the suggestions

    (“Club” may want to nominate someone and second the motion; person accepts hopefully)

    3. Give everyone that wants to participate a week to get the book

    4. Person nominated for facilitator of this particular book sets reading pace.

    5. Discuss and when comment replys get too “narrow” underneath first comment for discussion, the next comment click “reply” under first discussion comment, and when too thin again, repeat.

  67. Two quotes from John Jay, First Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

    Providence [God] has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.

    Permit me to hint, whether it would be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expressly that the Commander in Chief of the American Army shall not be given to nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen.

  68. Jennifer H says:

    A penny saved is a penny earned.

    Benjamin Franklin

  69. Jennifer H says:

    ‘Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she’ll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she’ll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she’ll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she’ll give you her heart.

    She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit.’

    Unkown …

  70. Jennifer H says:

    Remember, you can’t control the passage of time, but you can control what you do with that time as it passes. Let’s make every day count…together.

    Glenn Beck 2011 New Year

    • Jennifer H says:

      Gandalf gave this advice to Frodo – as well, I had forgotten about that. Except he said you don’t know how much time you have in this world. Which BTW is the name of my hubbies horse in the gravatar:)

  71. Thomas Hooker says:

    If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.

    James Madison, Federalist 51

  72. butchcracker says:

    “God does not require that we be succesful,only that we be faithful.”

    Mother Teresa

  73. AliRose says:

    I didn’t get in on this, ’cause I was so busy with the holidays, so here goes…

    My current favorites:

    “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” -Thomas Paine, Common Sense

    “A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.” -Alexander Pope

    “Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.” -Oscar Wilde

    And from my current FB profile:

    “Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.”

    -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged