Government, Freedom & Liberty

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Thomas Jefferson

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
― Thomas Jefferson

Abraham Lincoln

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

― Abraham Lincoln

John Steinbeck

“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.”

― John SteinbeckEast of Eden

Government, Freedom & Liberty

Escape

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William S. Burroughs

“Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. ”
― William S. Burroughs

D.H. Lawrence

“Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom.”

― D.H. LawrenceStudies in Classic American Literature

Arthur Conan Doyle

“I must apologize for calling so late,” said he, “and I must further beg you to be so unconventional as to allow me to leave your house presently by scrambling over your back garden wall.”
― Arthur Conan DoyleSherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I

L.M. Montgomery

“There is no such thing as freedom on earth,” he said. “Only different kinds of bondages. And comparative bondages. YOU think you are free now because you’ve escaped from a peculiarly unbreakable kind of bondage. But are you? You love me – THAT’S a bondage.”

― L.M. MontgomeryThe Blue Castle

Escape

Freedom

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Mahatma Gandhi

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Charlotte Brontë

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

Freedom

We the Beneficiaries of National Defense

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Martin Luther King Jr.

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

George Orwell

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
― George Orwell

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Winston Churchill

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”
― Winston Churchill
Douglas MacArthur

“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”
― Douglas MacArthur

We the Beneficiaries