The essence of Christianity

The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the tree of knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just keep your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions. 

Under the clouds of war

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

former Republican President of the USA

The right of the people

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated

Then they came for me

They came for the communists, and I did not speak up because I wasn't a communist;They came for the socialists, and I did not speak up because I was not a socialist;They came for the union leaders, and I did not speak up because I wasn't a union leader;They came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up for me.


Neither security nor liberty

Those willing to give up a little liberty for a little security deserve neither security nor liberty.

There is a twilight

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air however slight lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.

Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Exposed to the inconveniences

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

to Archibald Stuart, 1791. ME 8:276


Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

The force of public opinion

The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.

to Lafayette, 1823. ME 15:491

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