Quotes

The Bible

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

— John 3:16, New International Version (NIV)

There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

— Romans 3:22-24, New International Version (NIV)

Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.

— Romans 2:14-15, New Living Translation (NLT)

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

— Romans 12:17-21, English Standard Version (ESV)

Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the Lord see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.

— Proverbs 24:17-18, English Standard Version (ESV)

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

— Proverbs 16:18, New International Version (NIV)

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

— Matthew 5:17-19, New International Version (NIV)

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

— 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, New International Version (NIV)

On War

Let him who desires peace prepare for war.

— De Re Militari

It is only the dead who have seen the end of war.

— Plato

If a country can’t save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say: Let the damned thing go down the drain!

— Robert Heinlein

On Love

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

— Robert Heinlein

On Politics

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.

— Thomas Jefferson

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

— Thomas Jefferson

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

— Alexis de Tocqueville

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

— Winston Churchill

In the spirit of reaching across the aisle, we owe it to the Democrats to show their president the exact same kind of respect and loyalty that they have shown our recent Republican president.

— Ann Coulter

The only evidence we have that Democrats love the poor is that they consistently back policies that will create more of them.

— Ann Coulter

As Joe McCarthy once said, if liberals were merely stupid, the laws of probability would dictate that at least some of their decisions would serve America’s interests.

— Ann Coulter

It has been part of the camouflage of leftish movements in [the United States], helped by the muddleheadedness of many who really believe in liberty, that “liberal” has come to mean the advocacy of almost every kind of government control. I am still puzzled why those in the United States who truly believe in liberty should not only have allowed the left to appropriate this almost indispensable term but should even have assisted by beginning to use it themselves as a term of opprobrium. This seems to be particularly regrettable because of the consequent tendency of many true liberals to describe themselves as conservatives.

— F. A. Hayek, Foreword to the 1956 American paperback edition of The Road to Serfdom

Envy was once considered to be one of the seven deadly sins before it became one of the most admired virtues under its new name, “social justice.”

Thomas Sowell, The Quest for Cosmic Justice, p. 77

On Human Nature

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

— Robert Heinlein

Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn’t often, on their own, the hard way.

— Robert Heinlein

Never appeal to a man’s “better nature.” He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage.

— Robert Heinlein

Consider the Marxist idea of ‘from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.’ What an incentive for people to minimize their abilities and maximize their needs. Can you imagine a better formula for destroying society?

— Henry G. Manne

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.

— Thomas Sowell

The truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.

— Unknown

On Economics

The market is as moral or immoral as the people in it. So is the government.

— Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics, p. 594

On Programming

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

— Rich Cook

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