“To have what we want is riches, but to be able to do without is power.”
"There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less."
— G. K. Chesterton
"Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is 'finding his place in it' while really it is finding it's place in him."
"The public are swine; advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket. "
"Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing." -- Robert E. Howard
"It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag." -- Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, Sergeant, USMC
"If I am holier than thou, it's because you annoy the hell out of me." -- Loopy
"I've made a career of being ugly. It's a real strength. Beauty fades. Ugly is your friend for life." -- Animal Weretiger
"Whoever is content with solitude is either a wild beast or a god." -- Sir Francis Bacon
Global village syndrome--a new technology for freak shows. On a larger scale than ever.
When government treats the people as the enemy, then government is the enemy of the people.
Let everyone one in love come and see. I want to break Venus' ribs with clubs and cripple the goddess' loins. If she can strike through my soft chest, then why can't I smash her head with a club? -- graffiti from
"You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common: they don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit the views, which can be uncomfortable, if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering." -- Tom Baker /Doctor Who
"If you are going to tell people the truth, you had better make them laugh or they will kill you." --Oscar Wilde
"Naturally, the common people don't want war...but after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along. Whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country." -- Hermann Goering at the
Trials, 1946 Nuremberg
"Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility." -- Ambrose Bierce
The consent of the exploited doesn't make it right, just pathetic.
Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be grateful it happens in that order.
"I am not anti-gun. I'm pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife. In the first place, you have to catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We'd turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don't ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives." -- Molly Ivins
"Those who are to conduct a war cannot in the nature of things, be proper or safe judges, whether a war ought to be commenced, continued or concluded." -- Jasmes Madison
Vegetarian - ancient North-West Indian word meaning "Bad Hunter"
Instant gratification takes too long.
"We can have a democratic society or we can have the concentration of great wealth in the hands of the few. We cannot have both." -- Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice from 1916-1939
The exercising of weapons puts away aches, grief's, and diseases, it increases strength, and sharpens the wits. -- George Silver, 1599
"A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation." -- Howard Scott
In my day, you didn't behave yourself because of some horseshit about it being "naughty," or "how would you feel if..." - you behaved yourself out of the colon-clenching, pants-shitting terror of what your father would do to you if you got hauled home by the cops.
One good scare, and the thin layer of "civilization" falls off, leaving only the scared monkey with a sharp rock in its hand. Then it's even money that the monkey will either run, or bash you on the head.
Old Farmer Wisdom
- Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
- Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
- Life is simpler when you plough around the stump.
- A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
- Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.
- Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.
- Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
- Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
- It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
- You cannot unsay a cruel word.
- Every path has a few puddles.
- When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
- The best sermons are lived, not preached.
- Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.
- Don 't judge folks by their relatives.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Live a good, honourable life.. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
- Don 't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.
- If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
- Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
- The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.
- Always drink upstream from the herd.
- Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
- Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.
- If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around..
- Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.
- Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
- Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.
is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like
"The Government is the enemy of liberty."
"When government gets between my lips and my stomach; I call that invasion of privacy!"
"There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war... This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favour, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry."
“...we have an immensity of land courting the husbandman. Is it best then that all our citizens should be employed in its improvement, or that one half should be called off from that to exercise manufacturers and handicraft arts for the others? Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue. It is the focus in which he keeps alive that sacred fire, which otherwise might escape from the face of the earth. Corruption of morals in the mass of cultivators is a phenomenon of which no age or nation has furnished an example.”
"Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.”
Time, like a snowflake, disappears while we’re trying to decide what to do with it.
One of our faults is our tendency to ignore everything that has no commercial value.
It’s hard for us to reform the world because each of us wants to start with somebody else.
Sins, like weeds, seem to get started where nothing else is growing.
I don’t remember ever seeing a happy man who had nothing to do.
Sometimes the roughest road may be the best way to get you where you are going.
A day ought to start with eager anticipation and end with pleasant memories.
We used to teach our children to work— now we teach them how to get someone else to do the work for them.
Environment must be important—I never saw a kid play in mud without getting some on him.
I can remember when folks used to stay out of debt by going without—now we do neither.
Most of the folks I know who have good luck seem to have good judgment too.
I’ve known a lot of folks who didn’t have great minds who made up for it by having big hearts.
A mind that isn’t being used, like an attic, usually gets filled with junk.
A fellow who thinks greed won’t hurt him has never seen what happens to a hungry cow in a green alfalfa patch.
Self-respect in a man is kind of like salt in the soup— the right amount is good— too much is awful.
Poverty may not be so bad— it’s what keeps most of us from behaving like rich folks do.
Folks say it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere—I wonder if they mean to include the fellow who sincerely believes poison would be good for him.
Religion may not improve a child’s behaviour—but it will build in an alarm system which may someday wake him up in the middle of a nightmare.
It appears that some folks do great things easily—that’s because we don’t see them struggle through the necessary preparations.
Straight people, like straight trees, usually were started straight.
You don’t win the game of life by making goals—if you foul somebody doing it.
I’d rather see boy become a good street sweeper than a bad professor.
The reason that nature’s laws always work is that Congress didn’t pass them.
Parents try to protect their children from struggle—the very thing they must have in order to grow strong.
Folks nobody ever heard of are busily influencing lives which will change the course of history.
I'd rather a boy had a good father than a good preacher.
"When the government fears the people, there is liberty"
There comes a time in every ones life when you must spit on your hands, raise the black flag and start cutting throats!
A society that makes war against its police had better learn to make friends with its criminals.
A closed mouth gathers no foot...
Speak truth unto power.
Life is just natures way of keeping meat fresh...
Combat for Dummies!
Advice and instructions taken from actual military sources. Some of these guys must have had a sense of humour.
"Aim towards the enemy."
--Instruction printed on
Rocket Launcher U.S.
"When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend."
Marine Corps U.S.
"Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground."
--USAF Ammo Troop
"If the enemy is in range, so are you."
"A slipping gear could let your m203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what's left of your unit."
--Army's magazine of prevention maintenance
"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed."
Air Force manual U.S.
"Try to look unimportant; the enemy may be low on ammo."
"Tracers work both ways."
Army Ordnance U.S.
"Five-second fuses only last three seconds."
"Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid."
"If your attack is going too well, you're walking into an ambush."
"No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection."
"Any ship can be a minesweeper....once."
"Never tell the platoon sergeant you have nothing to do."
--Unknown Marine Recruit
"Don't draw fire; it irritates the people around you."
"If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him."
--USAF Ammo Troop
Political Correctness represses leader ship, is the crippler of decision making and is the destroyer of free speech! It is the bastion of the mediocre the uninformed and
the domain of the unimaginative and bombastic despot and coward!
the domain of the unimaginative and bombastic despot and coward!
"The ethical hunter only kills what he needs and needs what he kills and feels no disgrace in letting the big one go!"