No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson 1776
- Mt.10:34 - Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
- Lu 22:36 - Then said he unto them, He that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
- Mt 7:15-7:20 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
- Mt 22:36-22:40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
- All 4 Jesus Christ
Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who kept their swords -Benjamin Franklin
- " And in the process of realizing that I realized that in the process of being in the streets, as I left I felt a void, and I realized what that void was. And that void was that, yeah, we went in and talked to them and tried to encourage them and tried to influence them but we met no needs. We didn't create jobs. We didn't help the young girl that was pregnant through her problems. We didn't help the drug addict get off drugs or the drug dealers to stop dealing. We didn't help anyone.
- We just went in with a message that really had no credence to it, and from the process of that I began to realize that there had to be opportunities that were created, and those opportunities created as a minister I wouldn't have to go in and preach because the people would come in to us and our message would be able to get over to them the way we wanted to by helping to meet their needs.
- I realized really in reading the Bible, that really before Jesus told anybody who he was he met their needs first. He cared about them first and he tried to understand them and tried to get them to understand him by his love for them, and I began to realize that you can not help people if you don't care about people, if you don't have a compassion for them. " Reggie White, Wednesday, March 25, 1998 before the Wisconsin State Assembly 
- The historian should be fearless and incorruptible; a man of independence, loving frankness and truth; one who, as the poet says, calls a fig a fig and a spade a spade. He should yield to neither hatred nor affection, but should be unsparing and unpitying. He should be neither shy nor deprecating, but an impartial judge, giving each side all it deserves but no more. He should know in his writings no country and no city; he should bow to no authority and acknowledge no king. He should never consider what this or that man will think, but should state the facts as they really occurred. -- Lucian (from user:Scimitar)
- It is He who is revealed in every face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him in its primordial and original nature.
- "Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American...[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." – Tench Coxe
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting that vote." – Attributed to Benjamin Franklin
"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." – Thomas Jefferson
"Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions." – Albert Einstein
"Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent."
"Every member of the society spies on the rest, and it is his duty to inform against them. All are slaves and equal in their slavery... The great thing about it is equality... Slaves are bound to be equal."
- "If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin."
- "Public schools are government-established, politician- and bureaucrat-controlled, fully politicized, taxpayer-supported, authoritarian socialist institutions. In fact, the public-school system is one of the purest examples of socialism existing in America."
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery." – Winston Churchill
"Rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon—so long as there is no answer to it—gives claws to the weak." – George Orwell
- If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” – George Washington
In a truly civil society peopled primarily by enlightened, sober individuals, the carriage of arms might be deemed gratuitous, but it is nonetheless harmless. In a society that measures up to anything less than that, the option to carry arms is a necessity. G.W.A.45
The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it. - Adolf Hitler
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Attributed to Ben Franklin
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.’
"Admittedly, a homosexual can be conditioned to react sexually to a woman, or to an old boot for that matter. In fact, both homo- and heterosexual experimental subjects have been conditioned to react sexually to an old boot, and you can save a lot of money that way."
"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion of your walks."
-Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1785. ME 5:85, Papers 8:407
I oppose Marxism, due to its low social mobility, inefficient regulation, and economic malaise (not to mention the atheism). I see these flaws to be caused by the rewarding of inferiority, the desire for equality of outcome, and a lack of emphasis on efficiency, as well as a general tendancy towards Godless inhumanity. (me)
Things can always be worse. Jack 03:16, 27 Jan 2004 (UTC)
When I compare the peer review process here to the peer review process in academia, I notice an important difference. In academic circles there is an understanding that the basis of any review process is solid logical reasoning backed up by ample empirical data. The WP review process seems to be closer to "this is my opinion and because this is a democracy my opinion is just as good as anyone elses, irrespective of any evidence given". The structuring of the VFD page is a good example of how this culture has permeated WP. People vote with a single word, or at most a sentence. Rarely do you see a well reasonsed argument why they voted the way they did. One draws the same conclusions looking through most of the talk pages. Most of the edit wars that waste so much of contributors' time result from the internalization of this epistimological criterion. This "one-person-one-vote" review process seems to attract trolls that are out to further their cause. I enjoy creating naughty usernames 06:41, 30 Nov 2003 (UTC)
books are for capitalists
(quote from User:lir on IM 15 Feb 2004)
It is very unfortunate that the wikipedia can't be a more relaxed and co-operative project ... We have nothing to gain here from competition or conflict. I think it is the artificial social environment we find ourselves in here that is the root of most wiki-conflicts. People misunderstand each other socially, as well as on the facts and opinions. Sam Spade 22:56, 20 March 2006 (UTC)