Quotes For Life

This is a list of quotes which roughly approximate my values. It will grow over time as I run into new quotes and rediscover old ones.

“Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learnt something from yesterday.” – Inscription on John Wayne’s tombstone

“Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.” – Miyamoto Musashi  Isn’t it interesting how similar the sentiments of this quote and the one above are?  Centuries and a world apart, and still…

“Do nothing which is of no use.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Aspire to be like Mt. Fuji, with such a broad and solid foundation that the strongest earthquake cannot move you, and so tall that the greatest enterprises of common men seem insignificant from your lofty perspective. With your mind as high as Mt Fuji you can see all things clearly. And you can see all the forces that shape events; not just the things happening near to you.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.” – Miyamoto Musashi

“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” – Voltaire

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” – George Washington

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” – Patrick Henry

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” – Patrick Henry

“Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” – Patrick Henry

“The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.” – Patrick Henry

“The great object is that every man be armed.” – Patrick Henry

“Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.” – Patrick Henry

“Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?” – Patrick Henry

“Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – General George S. Patton

Responses

  1. As a musician my oft used quote to describe my philosophy is:

    ”He did it for the love, but he was not above the money.”
    Blackie Buck (Kris Kristofferson) in Songwriter

    That Patrick Henry guy sure talked a lot.

    Doktor
    (Nice place you got here, Cort!)

  2. Heh, the idea for the quotes page came while I was reading a page of Master Henry’s quotes, so he got the most entries. The rest are just ones I remembered (or vaguely recalled and looked up). Anyhow, it’s nice to see another familiar face, so to speak, dropping in. If you’re lucky, I’ll even finish up one of these drafts and get it published tomorrow. 😉


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