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01-12-2006, 03:15 PM
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"
--Benjamin Franklin

I came across this as a sig line of a member of another forum and thought it might be interesting to have a collection of such. Anybody have any others?

01-12-2006, 09:25 PM
How true

Medula Oblongata
01-14-2006, 10:05 PM
One of my favorite quotes:

"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place.

Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."

-----Tecumseh, Shawnee 1768 - 1813

Medula Oblongata
01-14-2006, 10:18 PM
A series of quotes from Teddy Roosevelt:

“Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.”

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

"I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm."

"A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user."

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

"A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards."

01-15-2006, 01:46 PM
any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both ........... Benjamin Franklin

01-15-2006, 11:58 PM
"Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't."

"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion . . . in private self-defense." -- John Adams

"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the people's liberty's teeth." -- Gen. George Washington, Continental Army (Ret.)

"The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types of arms. The possession of these elements make difficult the collection of taxes and dues, and tends to permit uprising. Therefore, the heads of provinces, official agents, and deputies are ordered to collect all the weapons mentioned above and turn them over to the government." -- Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Shogun 29 August 1558

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." -- Mahatma Ghandi

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves ... and include all men capable of bearing arms." -- Richard Henry Lee, Senator, First Congress (1788)

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." -Thomas Jefferson

"All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all guns, that way no guns can ever be used to command the party." -- Mao Tse Tung "Selected Works of Mao Zedong," 1965

"Where the choice is between only violence and cowardice, I would advise violence." -- Mohandas Gandhi

"The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world... The first step -- in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come -- is to teach men to shoot!" -- President Theodore Roosevelt's last message to Congress

And the last one from the founder of the Martial art I have spent most of my life

The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the world, because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything. -- Morihei Ueshiba (O'Sensei)

01-16-2006, 12:35 AM
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog. Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech to the Republican National Committee, January 31, 1958

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. Ronald Reagan

01-16-2006, 12:36 AM
We are the musicmakers; we are the dreamers of dreams. Willy Wonka

01-16-2006, 12:58 AM
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful information you have given the public about the FN FiveseveN. It has prompted me to purchase one, as well as create an enthusiasts site (www.fivesevenforum.com) dedicated to the round and the weapon. -Nosferatu to the Brady Center, and the beginning of this Forum.

01-16-2006, 01:05 AM
vote early, and vote often Alphonse Capone