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"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced." - Albert Einstein
"When society turns the sick into criminals then we're all repeat offenders" - Recidivist3
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro - Unknown
Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat-to advance. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. - Mark Twain
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason. - Cicero
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. - Thomas Jefferson
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent. - Abraham Lincoln
Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered. - Cicero
We are a nation of many nationalities, many races, many religions--bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality. Whoever seeks to set one nationality against another, seeks to degrade all nationalities. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. - George Washington
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid. - Mark Twain
There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking. - Alfred Korzybski
Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. - Abraham Lincoln
Frequent punishments are always a sign of weakness or laziness on the part of a government. - Jean Jacques Rousseau
Records told the same tale, then the lie passed into history and became truth. - George Orwell, 1984
I'd rather that England should be free than that England should be compulsorily sober. With freedom we might in the end attain sobriety, but in the other alternative we should eventually lose both freedom and sobriety. - W.C. Magee (Archbishop of York): Sermon at Peterborough, 1868.
Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is
a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds
of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation,
and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law
strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.
- Abraham Lincoln: Speech in the Illinois House of Representatives, Dec 18, 1840.
Prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places and does not cure it or even diminish it. - Mark Twain: Letter from New York to the Alta Californian, May 28, 1867.
Whenever the offence inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigor of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind. - Edward Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1776
The passing of an unjust law is the suicide of authority. - Pastoral Letter of the American Roman Catholic Herarchy, Feb. 1920
There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action. - Bertrand Russell: Outline of Intellectual Rubbish.
Power is sweet; it is a drug, the desire for which increases with a habit. - Bertrand Russell: Saturday Review, 1951.
While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty. - Charles Evans Hughes: U.S. Supreme Court Member, May 1908.
Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. - Woodrow Wilson: Address, New York Press Club, May 9, 1912.
The one means that wins the easiest victory over reason: terror and force. - Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf.
Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially as it might bring out something favorable for the opponent. - Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf.
In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. - Thomas Jefferson
Be not so bigoted to any custom as to worship it at the expense of truth. - Johann Georg Von Zimmermann
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim. - George Santayana
A wise man will look upon himself ten years past and exclaim, "What a fool was I." Whereas, a fool will discern no difference. - Unknown
We hear about constitutional rights, free speech, and the free press. Every time I hear these words I say to myself, "That man is a Red, that man is a Communist. You never hear a real American talk like that." - Frank Hague: N.Y. World-Telegram, April 2, 1938.
There is no need for propaganda to be rich in intellectual content. - P.J. Goebbels: Speech at Nuremberg, Aug. 20, 1926.
Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose. - Friedrich Nietzsche: The Antichrist.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. - Thomas Jefferson
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained,
for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
- Abraham Lincoln
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and,
under a just God, cannot long retain it.
- Abraham Lincoln
Smart is when you believe only half of what you hear. Brilliant is when you know which half to believe. - Orben's Current Comedy
The victors called the revolution a triumph of liberty; but now and then liberty in the slogans of the strong means freedom from restraint in the exploitation of the weak. - Will Durant
We know nothing of what will happen in future, but by the analogy of experience. - Abraham Lincoln
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. - Mark Twain