Where law ends, tyranny begins -- Wm. Pitt {1770}

If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that use, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. —C.S. Lewis

"Truth is heavy; therefore, few wear it." -- Midrash Shmuel on Avot: 4

The former Soviet Union had two well-known "newspapers", Pravda and Izvestia. Pravda means "truth," and Izvestia is "news." So, the people once joked, "There is no news in the truth and no truth in the news."

"Ce n'est pas la tolérance que je demande, mais la liberté. La tolérance, le support, le pardon, la clémence, idées souverainement injustes envers les dissidents, tant il est vrai que la différence d'opinions n'est pas un crime. La tolérance? Je demande qu'il soit proscrit à son tour, et il le sera, ce mot injuste qui ne nous présente que comme des citoyens dignes de pitié, comme des coupables auxquels on pardonne." -- Pasteur Rabaut Saint-Étienne, député de Nîmes (1789)

Ein Wörtlein kann ihn fällen -- M. Luther

"Ich aber will euch mit Skorpionen züchtigen" -- Rehabeam
Le 7 février 1478: Sir Thomas More est né à Londres. Humaniste audacieux, auteur de L'Utopie, il devient chancelier du roi Henri VIII. Il est exécuté en 1535 pour n'avoir pas voulu reconnaître le roi comme chef de la nouvelle Église anglicane. More dit: "... The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal, not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal." -- in hoc signo vinces

“Thomas' stance on the Act of Succession, and my superb use of law ensured that I extracted that information from him and was able to present it to the court at his trial. {pause} I committed no perjury! {pause with thought} But More no longer matters {pause} to me. God doesn't matter; {pause} only affairs involving myself and the King's wishes concern me now.” -- Richard Rich

St. Thomas More: As a youth he served as a page in the household of Archbishop of Canterbury, John Morton -- a well-educated son of an MP, a Barrister trained at Lincoln's Inn, himself a Member of Parliament, Speaker of the House of Commons, a Knight, the Lord Chancellor of England under Henry VIII, an author, a martyr executed at Tower Hill, 6 July, 1535, and a Saint; The King's good servant, but God's first. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14689c.htm Thomas had been sentenced to a slow death by hanging, but in an act of true regal charity, the King allowed him to be beheaded with dignity.

The Barrister Saint -- http://www.wwlia.org/uk-more.htm -- “My neck is very short. Therefore, take careful aim and do not miss lest it tarnish your reputation for honesty.”

Nothing brings more pain than too much pleasure; nothing brings more bondage than too much liberty -- from Franklin's Poor Richards Almanac

Quotes and many more quotes -- “The sagacious reader who is capable of reading between these lines what does not stand written in them, but is nevertheless implied, will be able to form some conception.” -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe {Göthe} -- („Welche Regierung die beste sei? Diejenige, die uns lehrt, uns selbst zu regieren.”)

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety -- from the papers of Ben Franklin

"But men are so simple, and governed so absolutely by their present needs, that he who wishes to deceive will never fail in finding willing dupes" -- Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince (1513) -- "whoever organizes a state and establishes its laws must assume that all men are wicked and will act wickedly whenever they have the chance to do so" The Discourses (1519) -- non est pax dicit Dominus impiis

"The characterisitics of the American journalist consist in an open and coarse appeal to the passions of his readers; he abandons principles to assail the characters of individuals, to track them into private life and disclose all their weaknesses and vices. -- The personal opinions of the editors have no weight in the eyes of the public. What they seek in a newspaper is a knowledge of facts, and it is only by altering or distorting those facts that a journalist can contribute to the support of his own views. -- The pursuit of wealth generally diverts men of great talents and strong passions from the pursuit of power; and it frequently happens that a man does not undertake to direct the fortunes of the State until he has shown himself incompetent to conduct his own." Alexis deTocqueville

Il y a un siècle, Tocqueville parlait déjà de la sécularisation en Amérique: Ce ne sont pas eux qui quittent la religion, c'est la religion qui les quitte. More HERE

Back in 1938, when fascism was sweeping Europe, legendary investigative, muckraking reporter George Seldes observed: "It is possible to fool all of the people all of the time -- when the government and press cooperate. [emphasis added from The Lords of the Press]"

"The middle of the road is a crowded place (and many on it are crushed by the cars of Juggernaut, radicalism and reaction, pushing inevitably to the Right and the Left)," wrote Seldes in the film Tell the Truth and Run. "During all these years of work and talk I had had a fine contempt for the frightened majority which traveled the middle road. I had thought of myself as one of the non-conformists along the less-traveled and rather lonely individual path of my choosing."

"They {people who don't like this title} said I should've called that book, Tell the Truth and Stay. Stay and get killed ! Sometimes its better to run and get another chance to tell to the truth." http://www.brasscheck.com/seldes/bio.html

Founding of the USA

AEP [slow to load]: My conclusion is that he's a very, very corrupt man. And it's partly a generational thing. I think that the current generation in power (not just in America, but in most industrial countries) has lost its honor code. It's lost its integrity. {He} is [just] the emblem of that...{Leviathan}.

Je déclare être un individu souverain à qui personne n'a le droit moral d'imposer quoi que ce soit sans son consentement, à part l'obligation générale de respecter la souveraineté égale des autres individus. Je déclare donc que, à l'instar de M. Henry David Thoreau, "je ne veux être considéré membre d'aucune société à laquelle je n'ai pas adhéré" {A Duty of Civil Disobedience, (1849)}. Cette déclaration s'adresse à tout individu, maître-esclavagiste, groupe, mafia ou État qui prétendrait m'imposer des charges auxquelles je n'ai pas consenti soit dans mon intérêt, soit comme contribution libre et volontaire au bien commun....

Those who do not regard history are destined to relive it:

"Please to remember the 5th November:
Gunpowder Treason and Plot.
We know no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot."

"Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason" - Sir John Harington -- How times change

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Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it -- So, is it only by the fruits that we may judge? Can grapes come from thistles and thorns? America’s freedom is known by her rich earth, fruitful fields and bountiful heritage. Good land, well-watered, brings forth an abundant harvest, useful to those for whose sake the soil was cultivated.


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