Quotes

Appointments

No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place. — Thomas Jefferson

Bill of Rights

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.  — Thomas Jefferson

Crimes

Fear follows crime, and is its punishment. — Voltaire

To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means – to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal – would bring terrible retribution. — Justice Louis Brandeis

Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law. — Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Discrimination

From the viewpoint of absolute truth, what we feel and experience in our ordinary life is all delusion. Of all the various delusions the sense of discrimination between oneself and others is the worst form, as it creates nothing but unpleasant. — Dalai Lama

Equality

Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons. — Aristotle

We have to be careful in this era of radical feminism, not to emphasize an equality of the sexes that leads women to imitate men to prove their equality. To be equal does not mean you have to be the same. — Eva Burrows

Freedom (Liberty)

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. — Thomas Jefferson

Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain. — John F. Kennedy

How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms; by truth when it is attacked by lies; by democratic faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always and in the final act, by determination and faith. — Archibald Macleish

The greatest threat to freedom is the shortness of human memory. — Justice CLaudio Teehankee (Olaguer vs. Military Commission No. 34)

Freedom of Expression

We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongues, at our peril, risk and hazard. —Voltaire

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. — Soren Kierkegaard

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all. — Noam Chomsky

Guilt

So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt. — William Shakespeare

Human Rights

Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail. — Abraham Lincoln

Impunity

The truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy of all: impunity. — Naomi Klein

Justice

One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property.  Obedience is the premium which we pay for it. — William Penn

Law

Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws.  On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.  — Frederic Bastiat

Murder

Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest. — Wystan Hugh Auden

Murder is one of the instances when man descends to a level lower than that of the beast, for it s non-instinctive killing, a deliberate destruction of a member of the same species for reasons other than survival. (People vs. Tuson, GR Nos. 106435-46, Sept. 16, 1996)

Nationality

Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy. — Benjamin Desraeli

Peace

Peace is not to be measured by the absence of conventional war, but constructed upon foundations of justice. — Peter Benenson

Property

Just as man can’t exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one’s rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property. — Ayn Rand

As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. — James Madison

Right to be heard

The right t be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. — Hubert Humphrey

Taxation

The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away. — John S. Coleman

For a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. — Winston Churchill

Theft

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. — Aesop

War

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses. — Thomas Jefferson