Fr. Frog's Favorite Sayings
(Words of wisdom on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness)

Being a student of history Fr. Frog has collected many wise and witty sayings from both the famous and infamous of our past and present. These words of wisdom deal with life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the field of weaponcraft. All are applicable to modern life, and all are guaranteed to be politically incorrect.  There may be occasional duplicates from past issues since I don't have the time to check.

Note: I have not tried to verify any of the quotes as to authenticity, but even if they are not authentic the sentiments stated therein are genuine.

I will try to update this section on a regular (well OK, so it's irregular) basis.  Hopefully they'll appear January, March, May, July, September, and November.

If you have some gems of wisdom that you think should be included in the big list you can email them to Fr. Frog by clicking here. All submissions will be gladly accepted but your only reward will be in helping to raise the educational level of those who browse here. I hope you enjoy and profit from them.

Stout heart and good cheer!

Fr. Frog


Sayings
Issue #109 Posted  Sep. 2017

"I want to make one thing clear. This war against our Constitution is not being fought way off in Madagascar or in Mandalay. It is being fought here — in our schools, our colleges, our churches, our women's clubs. It is being fought with our money, channeled through the State Department. It is being fought twenty-four hours a day — while we remain asleep." —William Jenner (1908-1985)

"In this bitch of a life, one can never be too well armed." -- Edouard Manet

"War is sweet to those who have no experience of it, but the experienced man trembles on its approach." -- Pindar 518 BC-438 BC

"Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedom." --Robert Heinlein

"The other day, someone told me the difference between a democracy and a people's democracy. It's the same difference between a jacket and a straitjacket." -- Ronald Reagan

"The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears." -- Gen. James Mattis USMC Ret.

"A crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster than you would have thought." -- Rudi Dornbusch

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." -- Thomas Paine in The American Crisis, 1776

"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, I won't be laid-a-hand-on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them." -- John Wayne

"I'm not really interested in exterminating anybody, but I‘m discovering that while I‘m not interested in extermination, others are interested in exterminating me. And you wonder why I own firearms?" -- Tim B.

"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy." -- Thomas Jefferson (1802)

"Licensing is when the government takes a right from you, and sells it back to you." -- Cas G.

"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience." -- Patrick Henry

"Hoplophobes are cynical, sleazy, career cowards who are at once envious and spiteful of true Operators. Many occupy high places up the food-chain. Always too timid to enter the ring themselves, they sit in safety on the sidelines and piously point-out where the strong man stumbled, and where the doer of deeds could have done them better." -- John Farnam

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"My weapon is for the defense of my self, my family, and my known associates. I'm not in the cavalry, so don't be waiting for me to ride over the hill." -- Steve P.

"The First Rule of Self Defense is Don't Be There!" -- Griz Griswold

"Without your rifle, you are nothing, worthless. You are waiting for death, any minute, any second." -- Aron Bielski, WWII Jewish Resistance Fighter in Eastern Europe

"I used to have six theories on child-raising, but no children. Today, I have six children, and no theories!" -- Anon

"To restore ... harmony ... to render us again one people acting as one nation should be the object of every man really a patriot." -- Thomas Jefferson (1801)

"When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen; and we shall most sincerely rejoice with you in the happy hour when the establishment of American Liberty, upon the most firm and solid foundations shall enable us to return to our private stations in the bosom of a free, peacefully and happy country." -- George Washington (1775)

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it." -- Thomas Paine (1777)

"Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government." -- Mercy Warren (1805)

"You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once." -- Robert A. Heinlein

"Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws; to the protection of property against those irregular and high-handed combinations which sometimes interrupt the ordinary course of justice; to the security of liberty against the enterprises and assaults of ambition, of faction, and of anarchy." -- Alexander Hamilton (1788)

"You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity." -- Robert A. Heinlein, The Green Hills of Earth

"[W]here I know a mind to be ingenuous, and to need only truth to set it to rights, I cannot be passive." -- Thomas Jefferson (1804)

"Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe." -- Thomas Jefferson (1816)

"Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Wish not so much to live long as to live well." -- Benjamin Franklin (1746)

"We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know not how, its efficient auxiliary." -- Fisher Ames (1807)

"It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute." -- James Madison (1816)

"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy." -- Samuel Adams (1779)

"It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth." -- Patrick Henry (1775)

"I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson (1816)

"We are teaching the world the great truth that Governments do better without Kings & Nobles than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson that Religion Flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government." -- James Madison (1822)

"[I]t is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government... Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political." -- Thomas Jefferson (1801)

"Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck." -- Thomas Jefferson (1822)

"In planning, forming, and arranging laws, deliberation is always becoming, and always useful." -- James Wilson (1791)

"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily." -- George Washington (1795)

"Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the union of America and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it." -- James Madison (1788)

"Excessive taxation ... will carry reason and reflection to every man's door, and particularly in the hour of election." -- Thomas Jefferson (1798)

"The Army (considering the irritable state it is in, its suffering and composition) is a dangerous instrument to play with." -- George Washington (1783)

"The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens, and command the respect of the world." -- George Washington (1789)

"Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day." -- Thomas Jefferson (1816)

"We know the Race is not to the swift nor the Battle to the Strong. Do you not think an Angel rides in the Whirlwind and directs this Storm?" -- John Page (1776)

"Speak seldom, but to important subjects, except such as particularly relate to your constituents, and, in the former case, make yourself perfectly master of the subject." -- George Washington (1787)

"One single object ... [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation." -- Thomas Jefferson (1825)

"How much more do they deserve our reverence and praise, whose lives are devoted to the formation of institutions, which, when they and their children are mingled in the common dust, may continue to cherish the principles and the practice of liberty in perpetual freshness and vigour." -- Joseph Story (1833)

"Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the spot of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck." -- Thomas Jefferson (1822)

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt." -- Thomas Jefferson (1816)

"[T]he general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any." -- James Madison (1787)

"For it is a truth which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger, when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion." -- Alexander Hamilton (1787)

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun." -- Thomas Jefferson (1785)

"If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?" -- John Adams (1775)

"[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch." -- Thomas Jefferson (1804)

"[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mold itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few." -- John Adams (1763)

"Although our prospect is peace, our policy and purpose are to provide for defense by all those means to which our resources are competent." -- Thomas Jefferson (1806)

"Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression." -- James Madison (1788)

"We may look up to Armies for Defense, but Virtue is our best Security. It is not possible that any state should long remain free, where Virtue is not supremely honored." -- Samuel Adams (1775)

"It has long, however, been my opinion ... that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in ... the federal Judiciary ... working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped." -- Thomas Jefferson (1821)

"[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." -- Tench Coxe (1788)

"You cannot pick your battlefield; God does that for you. But you can plant a standard where a standard never flew." -- Stephen Crane

"There is perhaps, nothing more likely to disturb the tranquility of nations, than their being bound to mutual contributions for any common object that does not yield an equal and coincident benefit. For it is an observation as true, as it is trite, that there is nothing men differ so readily about as the payment of money." -- Alexander Hamilton (1787)

"The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people." -- George Washington (1789)

Upright: "Appropriately enough, the new virtue signals of tantrum-throwing young leftists stirring up trouble are safety pins -- to show 'solidarity' with groups supposedly endangered by Donald Trump. Safety pins are also handy -- for holding up the government-manufactured diapers in which too many overgrown dependents are swaddled." -- Michelle Malkin

For the record, part I: "Here's some free advice for all the liberals insisting that Trump was elected by racists: The more you say that, the more you help Trump." -- Jonah Goldberg

 "The day after the election, you responded by literally sitting on the ground and crying. ... This is not what adulthood looks like." -- recent Cornell grad Megan Tubb in a letter to Cornell students

Race bait: "[W]e are fighting the last big major battle of the Civil War. There's only been two times in the history of America where, upon the election of a president, the people en masse took to the streets. One was Abraham Lincoln, and the other was Donald Trump. And for obviously, you know, 180-degree different reasons, but both based on race." -- director Rob Reiner

2017-5


The Archives

The sayings Collection from 1997 through 2000, and 2001 through 2012 are available for download as zipped archives containing html files that can be read in your browser or opened in most current word processors.  Click on the links below to download these archives.  If you would like all the archived html files on a CD send $10 to 

John Schaefer
1365 S. Saddleback Dr.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

and request the "Sayings Archive CD." The CD will contain all the archives in ZIP format file containing .HTM files, and the current sayings to date.

Sayings Archives

1997 - 2000 Sayings zipped archive 2001 Sayings zipped archive
2002 Sayings zipped archive 2003 Sayings zipped archive
2004 Sayings zipped archive (#31 - #34) 2005 Sayings zipped archive (#35 - #38)
2006 Sayings zipped archive (#39 - #44) 2007 Sayings zipped archive (#45 - #50)
2008 Sayings zipped archive (#51 - #56) 2009 Sayings zipped archive (#57 - #62)
2010 Sayings zipped archive (#63 - #68) 2011 Sayings zipped archive (#69 - #74)
2012 Sayings zipped archive (#75 - #80) 2013 Sayings zipped archive (#81 - #86)
2014 Sayings zipped archive (#87 - #92) 2015 Sayings zipped archive (#93 - #98)
2016 Sayings zipped archive (#99 - #104)

This year's collection

Jan '17 #105

Mar '17 #106

May '17 #107

Jul '17 #108


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