Some of My Favorite Quotes

People who stand in the "middle-of-the-road" get run over.

-Rush Limbaugh

There are two parties, the party of the past and the party of the future; the establishment ... and the movement.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think about a party whose last stand is to frighten 85-year-olds, and you'll understand how totally, morally bankrupt the modern Democratic Party is.

-Speaker Newt Gingrich, on Democratic opposition to the GOP's Medicare reform plans

No guts, no glory.


If you're dumb, you lose!

-Julie Kilpatrick Shade, my sister

That is a very stupid question, and it's stupid for you to ask that question.

-Newt Gingrich, in response to a reporter who asked whether he wore boxers or briefs

The genius of the American system is that we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people.

-Senator Phil Gramm

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

-Thomas Jefferson

Consensus is the negation of leadership.

-Margaret Thatcher

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

-Winston Churchill

There are no limits on our future if we don't put limits on our people.

-Jack Kemp

There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told and the ones who figure it out for themselves.

-Tom Clancy, from Without Remorse

It's better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late.

-Marilyn Moats Kennedy in Across the Board

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

-Colin Powell

You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.

-Doug Floyd in Spokane, Washington paper, Spokesman Review

While intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely to complicate the simple.

-Gerald W. Grunet, MD, in Readings

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

In America, every day is a new beginning, every sunset is merely the latest milestone on a voyage that never ends. For this is the land that has never become, but is always in the act of becoming.

-Ronald Reagan

Anyone with a lick of sense knows you can't make good barbecue and comply with the health code.

-Anonymous barbecue-pit owner

The past is never dead. It's not even past.

-William Faulkner

You think I don't have culture just because I'm from Georgia. Believe me, we got culture. We've always had sushi. We just used to call it bait.

-Former Congressman Ben Jones

Southerners will be polite until they are angry enough to kill you.

-Hodding Carter, Jr., quoted by John Shelton Reed

Southerners can never resist a losing cause.

-Margaret Mitchell

The southerner talks music.

-Mark Twain

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.

-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without strategy.

-General H. Norman Schwartzkopf

A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.

-Doug Larson

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

-General George Patton

History is a better guide than good intentions.

-Jeane Kirkpatrick

You cannot get ahead while you are getting even.

-Representative Dick Armey

Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.

-Kin Hubbard

The true role of management is to make risk-taking possible. Executives can't order their staffs to be creative--they have to provide the conditions where creativity flourishes. Such conditions include strong staff morale, the feeling that someone is listening and the conviction that good work will be rewarded.

-Edwin Diamond

The greatest danger to liberty comes from the men who are most needed and most powerful in modern government, namely, the efficient expert administrators exclusively concerned with what they regard as the public good.

-Freiedrich Hayek, from The Constitution of Liberty

You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.

-P.J. O'Rourke, from A Parliament of Whores

A leader knows what's best to do: a manager knows merely how best to do it.

-Ken Adelman

The words "penalty, restrict, and violate" appeared more times in President Clinton's health care bill than in his crime bill.

-Malcom S. Forbes, Jr., in Forbes

We are called the nation of inventors. And we are. We could claim that title and wear its loftiest honors if we had stopped with the first thing we had ever invented--human liberty.

-Mark Twain

Football has two of the worst features of American life: violence separated by committee meetings.

-George Will, quoted by Ken Burns in The Washingtonian

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.

-John le Carre'

Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.

-Sam Rayburn

It's better to be approximately right than precisely wrong.

-Warren Buffet, quoted by Linda Grant in U.S. News and World Report

Paper work is the embalming fluid of bureaucracy, maintaining an appearance of life where none exists.

-Robert J. Meltzer

You cannot paint the "Mona Lisa" by assigning one dab each to a thousand painters.

-William F. Buckley, Jr.

Its incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the busyness of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover its leaning against the wrong wall.

-Stephen Covey, from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Traitorous Quotes That Should Be Remembered

I would think if you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communists.

-Jane Fonda, speech at Michigan State, reported in Detroit Free Press, November 22, 1969

My position on the POW issue has been widely misquoted and taken out of context. What I originally said and have continued to say is that the POW's are lying if they assert it was North Vietnamese policy to torture American Prisoners.

-Jane Fonda, "Who is being brainwashed?," An Indochina Peace Campaign Report, Santa Monica: Indochina Peace Campaign 1973

We have no reason to believe that US Air Force officers tell the truth. The are professional killers.

-Jane Fonda, Washington Star, April 19, 1973

I am the Vietcong. We are everywhere! We are all Vietcong.

Tom Hayden, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 1967

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