2022 Freedom Festival Wall of Wisdom

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1 Alexander Hamilton Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many.
2 Ayn Rand The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
3 Ayn Rand The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time.
4 Ayn Rand If a society is to be free, its government has to be controlled.
5 Ayn Rand Do not help your jailers to pretend that their jail is your natural state of existence.
6 Ayn Rand The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow.
7 Ayn Rand The end does not justify the means. No one’s rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others.
8 Ayn Rand Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel.
9 Ayn Rand Do not keep silent when your own ideas and values are being attacked. If a dictatorship ever comes to this country, it will be by the fault of those who keep silent.
10 Ayn Rand The government was set to protect man from criminals-and the constitution was written to protect man from the government. The Bill of Rights was not directed at private citizens, but against the government-as an explicit declaration that individual rights supersede any public or social power.
11 Ayn Rand I am not morally obligated to care more for a man than he cares for himself.
12 Ayn Rand Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.
13 Ayn Rand The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
14 Ayn Rand The problem is not those who dream, but those who can only dream.
15 Benjamin Franklin Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
16 Benjamin Franklin Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.
17 Benjamin Franklin Any society that will give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
18 Ben Shapiro Freedom of speech and thought matters, especially when it is speech and thought with which we disagree. The moment the majority decides to destroy people for engaging in thought it dislikes, thought crime becomes a reality.
19 Ben Shapiro I’ve never seen anyone’s life get better by complaining about reality, I’ve seen it get better by accepting reality as it is and then making personal decisions to make it better.
20 Calvin Coolidge Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.
21 Calvin Coolidge You can’t increase prosperity by taxing success.
22 David Hume There is no such thing as freedom of choice unless there is freedom to refuse.
23 David Hume A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
24 David Hume When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken.
25 David Hume It is seldom, that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. Slavery has so frightful an aspect to men accustomed to freedom, that it must steal upon them by degrees, and must disguise itself in a thousand shapes, in order to be received.
26 Dennis Prager Nothing enables people to do evil as much as does a sense of victimhood.
27 Dennis Prager Nothing guarantees more the erosion of character than getting something for nothing.
28 Dennis Prager Compassion without wisdom is dangerous. It’s what enables people to support the underdog, even if the underdog is evil.
29 Dennis Prager We conservatives fight evil; the Left fights carbon emissions.
30 Dennis Prager The bigger the government, the greater the corruption.
31 Dinesh D’Souza The paradox of liberal tolerance is that it extends to Marxists, transsexuals, and Islamic radicals, but not to conservatives or Christians.
32 Dinesh D’Souza Capitalism encourages entrepreneurs to act with consideration for others even when their ultimate motive is to benefit themselves.
33 Dinesh D’Souza What was distinctively Western was not slavery but the moral crusade to end slavery.
34 Donald Trump Always try to learn from other people’s mistakes, not your own- it is much cheaper that way!
35 Edmund Burke All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
36 Edmund Burke Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.
37 Edmund Burke The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.
38 Edmund Burke The essence of tyranny is the enforcement of stupid laws.
39 Edmund Burke Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
40 Edmund Burke The Fate of good men who refuse to become involved in politics is to be ruled by evil men.
41 Edmund Burke Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality.
42 Edmund Burke A coward’s courage is in his tongue.
43 Edmund Burke Those who have been intoxicated with power… can never willingly abandon it.
44 Elon Musk At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary, and hateful. It basically gives mean people a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue.
45 Elon Musk They don’t ban hate speech; they ban speech they hate.
46 Frédéric Bastiat The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.
47 Frédéric Bastiat Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.
48 Frederic Douglass It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
49 Frederic Douglass You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed.
50 Frederic Douglass I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.
51 Frederic Douglass A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.
52 Frederic Douglass Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down.
53 Frederic Douglass Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.
54 Frederic Douglass The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.
55 Frederic Douglass No people to whom liberty is given can hold it as firmly and wear it as grandly as those who wrench their liberty from the iron hand of the tyrant.
56 Frederic Douglass Interpreted as it ought to be interpreted, the constitution is a Glorious Liberty Document!
57 Frederic Douglass The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
58 John Locke I have no reason to suppose that he, who would take away my Liberty, would not when he had me in his Power, take away everything else.
59 John Locke The most precious of all possessions is power over ourselves.
60 John Locke Wherever Law ends, Tyranny begins.
61 John Locke Liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others
62 John Locke The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.
63 George Orwell The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
64 George Orwell In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
65 George Orwell If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
66 George Orwell The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.
67 George Orwell The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.
68 George Orwell Free speech is my right to say what you don’t want to hear.
69 George Orwell There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language.
70 George Orwell The real test of character is how you treat someone who has no possibility of doing you any good.
71 George Washington If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
72 Henry David Thoreau Simplify your life. Don’t waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don’t burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don’t destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!
73 Henry David Thoreau Think for yourself, or others will think for you without thinking of you.
74 Henry David Thoreau What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
75 Immanuel Kant Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.
76 Immanuel Kant We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.
77 John Adams Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
78 John F. Kennedy Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.
79 John F. Kennedy A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
80 John F. Kennedy The state is the servant of the citizen, and not his master.
81 John F. Kennedy Our task is not to fix blame for the past, but to fix the course for the future.
82 James Madison The purpose of the Constitution is to restrict the majority’s ability to harm a minority.
83 Margaret Mead Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
84 Mark Twain Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.
85 Mark Twain I was educated once – it took me years to get over it.
86 Mark Twain Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
87 Mark Twain Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions.
88 Mark Twain Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.
89 Mark Twain If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.
90 Mark Twain It’s better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right
91 Mark Twain Some people bring joy wherever they go, and some people bring joy whenever they go.
92 Mark Twain If ignorance is bliss, why isn’t the world happier?
93 Mark Twain The trouble with the world is not that people know too little; it’s that they know so many things that just aren’t so.
94 Mark Twain Consider the average intelligence of the common man, then realize 50% are even stupider.
95 Mark Twain There is nothing to be learned from the second kick of a mule.
96 Mark Twain Some people get an education without going to college. The rest get it after they get out.
97 Mark Twain Don’t dream your life, but live your dream
98 Mark Twain A Patriot is someone who stands for his country always, and for his government when it is deserved.
99 Mark Twain Worrying is paying interest on a debt you might not even owe.
100 Martin Luther King I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
101 Martin Luther King Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
102 Milton Freedman A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.
103 Milton Freedman The essential notion of a capitalist society … is voluntary cooperation, voluntary exchange. The essential notion of a socialist society is force.
104 Montesquieu The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.
105 Plato If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.
106 Plato A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something.
107 Plato Someday, in the distant future, our grand-children’ s grand-children will develop a new equivalent of our classrooms. They will spend many hours in front of boxes with fires glowing within. May they have the wisdom to know the difference between light and knowledge.
108 Plato Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
109 Plato To begin is the most important part of any quest and by far the most courageous.
110 Pope John Paul II In a world without truth, freedom loses its foundation and man is exposed to the violence of passion and to manipulation.
111 Ronald Reagan 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.
112 Ronald Reagan Either you will control your government, or government will control you.
113 Ronald Reagan The most terrifying words in the English language are I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
114 Ronald Reagan It’s not that liberals aren’t smart, it’s just that so much of what they know isn’t so.
115 Ronald Reagan If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.
116 Ronald Reagan A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.
117 Ronald Reagan Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
118 Ronald Reagan Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.
119 Socrates When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers.
120 Socrates Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen.
121 Socrates Awareness of ignorance is the beginning of wisdom.
122 Socrates If you want to be wrong then follow the masses.
123 Socrates Sometimes you have to let go to see if there was anything worth holding onto.
124 Thomas Sowell Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity.
125 Thomas Sowell The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.
126 Thomas Sowell Racism is not dead, but it is on life support — kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as ‘racists’
127 Thomas Sowell What do you call it when someone steals someone else’s money secretly? Theft. What do you call it when someone takes someone else’s money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else’s money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social Justice.
128 Thomas Sowell It is bad enough that so many people believe things without any evidence. What is worse is that some people have no conception of evidence and regard facts as just someone else’s opinion.
129 Thomas Sowell You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization – including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain – without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.
130 Thomas Sowell Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.
131 Thomas Sowell When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.
132 Thomas Sowell No society ever thrived because it had a large and growing class of parasites living off those who produce.
133 Thomas Sowell If you believe in equal rights, then what do “women’s rights,” “gay rights,” etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all.
134 Thomas Sowell What exactly is your ‘fair share’ of what ‘someone else’ has worked for?
135 Thomas Sowell If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.
136 Thomas Sowell Civil rights used to be about treating everyone the same. But today some people are so used to special treatment that equal treatment is considered to be discrimination.
137 Thomas Sowell The left takes its vision seriously – more seriously than it takes the rights of other people. They want to be our shepherds. But that requires us to be sheep.
138 Thomas Sowell A passionate commitment to social justice is no substitute for knowing what the hell you’re talking about.
139 Thomas Sowell So many idealistic political movements for a better world have ended in mass-murdering dictatorships. Giving leaders enough power to create ‘social justice’ is giving them enough power to destroy all justice, all freedom, and all human dignity.
140 Thomas Sowell One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.
141 Thomas Sowell The word ‘racism’ is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a ‘racist.’
142 Thomas Sowell I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.
143 Thomas Sowell If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.
144 Thomas Sowell A friend from India told me that a countryman of his said: “I want to go to America. I want to see a country where poor people are fat.”
145 Thomas Sowell You cannot subsidize irresponsibility and expect people to become more responsible.
146 Thomas Sowell The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people’s money away quietly and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.
147 Thomas Jefferson When the people fear their government, there is a tyranny; When the government fears the people, there is liberty.
148 Thomas Jefferson There is no justification for taking away individuals’ freedom in the guise of public safety.
149 Thomas Jefferson When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.
150 Thomas Jefferson The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.
151 Thomas Jefferson A true patriot will defend his country from its government.
152 Thomas Jefferson When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.
153 Thomas Jefferson In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
154 Thomas Jefferson A well-informed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny.
155 Winston Churchill A nation that forgets its past has no future.
156 Winston Churchill There is nothing government can give you that it hasn’t taken from you in the first place.
157 Winston Churchill Appeasement is feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last.
158 Winston Churchill You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.
159 Winston Churchill Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
160 Winston Churchill You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
161 Winston Churchill Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.
162 Winston Churchill If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty, you have no brain.
163 Winston Churchill Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
164 Winston Churchill A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
165 Winston Churchill I began my education at a very early age; in fact, right after I left college.
166 Winston Churchill All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
167 Voltaire Those who can make you believe absurdities; can make you commit atrocities.
168 Voltaire I may not agree with what you say, but to your death I will defend your right to say it.
169 Voltaire If you want to know who controls you, look at who you are not allowed to criticize.
170 Voltaire The more often a stupidity is repeated, the more it gets the appearance of wisdom.
171 Voltaire You have no control over the hand that life deals you, but how you play that hand is entirely up to you.
172 Voltaire The right to free speech is more important than the content of the speech.
173 Voltaire It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
174 Voltaire The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.
175 Voltaire It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence.
176 Voltaire The mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else’s eyes.
177 Voltaire In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
178 Voltaire Common sense is not so common.
179 Voltaire ‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
180 Walter Williams Let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you – and why?
181 Walter Williams Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.
182 Walter Williams If one person has a right to something he did not earn, of necessity it requires that another person not have a right to something that he did earn.