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 #110 Posted  Nov. 2017

"We hear a constant clamor for rights, rights, always rights, but so very little about responsibility. And we have forgotten God. The need now is for selflessness, for a spirit of sacrifice, for a willingness to put aside personal gains for the salvation of the whole Western world." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition." -- Thomas Jefferson (1781)

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

"Progressives regard anyone with knowledge of how the world works - physically, chemically, biologically, economically - as akin to Morlocks." -- Tom J.

"Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society." -- Aristotle.

"Why do Americans own so many guns?? Because they donít trust the protected elite's to protect them." -- Annon

"If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the prosecutor is making up nonsense against you, eliminate the prosecutor." -- paraphrasing Carl Sandberg

"No weapon, no matter how powerful, can help the West until it overcomes its loss of willpower. In a state of psychological weakness, weapons become a burden for the capitulating side. To defend oneself, one must also be ready to die; there is little such readiness in a society raised in the cult of material well-being. Nothing is left then, but concessions, attempts to gain time and betrayal." -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1978

"The sum total of human knowledge appears on the internet. So does the sum total of human ignorance." -- Tim B.

"Liberals are consumed with "feelings." The rest of us have to deal with facts and reality, no matter how anyone "feels" about it." -- John F.

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

"A man does what he must--in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures--and that is the basis of all human morality." -- Winston Churchill

"Unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any moment." -- Huey Newton

"After all, when you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite." -- Winston Churchill

"We need to end the UN's regime now - one way or another." -- former ambassador John Bolton

"Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate, just as arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!" -- C JoyBel

[A] great man; Someone who never reminds us of someone else." -- A.S. Dale, The Outline of Sanity, A biography of G. K. Chesterton

"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it." -- Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

"Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so." -- Robert A. Heinlein

And last... "An anti-Trump protest was thrown into total confusion and bewilderment when somebody shouted, 'Let's meet here again tomorrow after work!'" -- Twitter satirist @weknowwhatsbest

"Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived; but as long as the presses can be protected, we may trust to them for light." -- Thomas Jefferson (1799)

"Let us not forget that violence does not live alone and is not capable of living alone: it is necessarily interwoven with falsehood. Between them lies the most intimate, the deepest of natural bonds. Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support in violence. Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his method must inexorably choose falsehood as his principle." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold on us. It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth and talons after he shall have entered." -- Thomas Jefferson (1781)

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true." -- James Branch Cabell,

"Your sword will be long enough if you move in CLOSE enough." -- Viking saying

"No compact among men ... can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and ... no wall of words, no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other." -- George Washington (1789)

"As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard." -- Alexander Hamilton (1788)

"In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate -- look to his character." -- Noah Webster (1789)

"[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt." -- Samuel Adams (1749)

"If all of this seems like a great deal of trouble, think what's at stake. ... Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation." -- Ronald Reagan

"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual--or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country." -- Samuel Adams (1781)

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." -- Thomas Paine (1776)

"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." -- Thomas Paine in "American Crisis" (1776)

"We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections." -- John Adams (1797)

"I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people." -- "Fisher Ames (1789)

"I often note with equal pleasure that God gave this one connected country to one united people -- a people descended from the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in manners and customs, who by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side through a long bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence." -- John Jay (1787)

"In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural Passions so hard to subdue as Pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will now and then peek out and show itself." -- Benjamin Franklin (1771)

"Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another." -- "Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

"The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust." -- James Madison (1788)

European democracy was originally imbued with a sense of Christian responsibility and self-discipline, but these spiritual principles have been gradually losing their force. Spiritual independence is being pressured on all sides by the dictatorship of self-satisfied vulgarity, of the latest fads, and of group interests." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war." -- George Washington (1793)

"The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys." -- Thomas Jefferson (1808)

"Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness." -- George Washington (1783)

"The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office." -- Will Rogers (1879-1935)

"There is in the nature of sovereign power an impatience of control, that disposes those who are invested with the exercise of it, to look with an evil eye upon all external attempts to restrain or direct its operations." -- Alexander Hamilton (1787)

"The ingredients which constitute safety in the republican sense are, first, a due dependence on the people, secondly, a due responsibility." -- Alexander Hamilton (1788)

"Truth and news are not the same thing." -- Katharine Graham (1917-2001)

For the record: "Ironically, people on the left who are preoccupied with the presumably unhappy childhoods of murderers, which they can do nothing about, seldom show similar concern about the present and future unhappy childhoods of the orphans of people who have been murdered." -- "Thomas Sowell

"We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections." -- John Adams (1797)

"How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin." -- Ronald Reagan

"During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety." -- "Thomas Jefferson (1805)

"[R]eligion and virtue are the only foundations, not of republicanism and of all free government, but of social felicity under all government and in all the combinations of human society." -- John Adams (1811)

"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 takes the helm from the hand of reason and the mind becomes a wreck." -- Thomas Jefferson (1822)

"This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled..." -- Thomas Paine (1776)

Insight: "The dominant purpose of the First Amendment was to prohibit the widespread practice of government suppression of embarrassing information." -- Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

Insight: "Everybody is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage." -- Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all." -- George Washington (1796)

"The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys." -- Thomas Jefferson (1808)

"When the rule of law is so corrupted as to be meaningless, the police and courts are just another gang." -- Unkmown

"Of all the cares or concerns of government, the direction of war most peculiarly demands those qualities which distinguish the exercise of power by a single hand. The direction of war implies the direction of the common strength; and the power of directing and employing the common strength, forms a usual and essential part in the definition of the executive authority." -- Alexander Hamilton (1788)

"Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue; or in any manner affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those who watch the change and can trace its consequences; a harvest reared not by themselves but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow citizens." -- James Madison (1788)

"A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions." -- Martin H. Fischer (1879-1962

"Luck is where opportunity meets preparation" -- attributed to Seneca the Younger

"[A] wise and frugal government ... 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. This is the sum of good government." -- Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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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

Sep '17 #109


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