Fr. Frog's Favorite Sayings
(Words of wisdom on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness)

Being a student of history Fr. Frog has collected many wise and witty sayings from both the famous and infamous of our past and present. These words of wisdom deal with life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the field of weaponcraft. All are applicable to modern life, and all are guaranteed to be politically incorrect.  There may be occasional duplicates from past issues since I don't have the time to check.

Note: I have not tried to verify any of the quotes as to authenticity, but even if they are not authentic the sentiments stated therein are genuine.

I will try to update this section on a regular (well OK, so it's irregular) basis.  Hopefully they'll appear January, March, May, July, September, and November.

If you have some gems of wisdom that you think should be included in the big list you can email them to Fr. Frog by clicking here. All submissions will be gladly accepted but your only reward will be in helping to raise the educational level of those who browse here. I hope you enjoy and profit from them.

Stout heart and good cheer!

Fr. Frog

Issue #112 Posted  Mar. 2018

"The problems of murder, mayhem, and other forms of anti-social behavior will continue until we regain our moral footing." Walter Williams

"Nobody ever lost a dollar by underestimating the taste of the American public." -- P.T. Barnum

"Making good people helpless won’t make bad people harmless." - via Patriot Post

"Lions eat gazelles.  Gazelle fight of lions with their horn.  You cannot protect gazelles from lions by cutting off the gazelle's horns."  Annon

"You fight with that lump of tissue between your ears." -- Bill J.

"There ain't no such thing as coincidence." -- Leroy Jethro Gibbs

"Knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." -- Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

"Isn’t it ironic that those protectors of women, the liberal progressives, now insist that men can use women’s locker rooms, bathrooms, and even ignore a woman’s request for a female health care provider, if they merely claim to be "transexual." This is what you’ve been voting for, ladies. -- Tim B.

"Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"Energy in government is essential to that security against external and internal danger and to that prompt and salutary execution of the laws which enter into the very definition of good government." —James Madison (1788)

"Unequivocal in principle, reasonable in manner, we shall be able I hope to do a great deal of good to the cause of freedom & harmony." --- Thomas Jefferson (1801)

"You shoot them in the chest to get them to hold their head still long enough to hit it." -- Annon

"So much of society is scared spitless of the pistol safely concealed on my hip, while they are going 100 feet/second down the highway FaceTiming with a friend. What a country." -- Bill E.

"I ... place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared." -- Thomas Jefferson (1816)

"Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money." —Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

"Once stupidity is no longer an adequate explanation, you should consider malice." -- Tim B.

"Those who lack the capacity to achieve much in an atmosphere of freedom will clamor for power." -- Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

"Some may try and tell us that this is the end of an era. But what they overlook is that in America, every day is a new beginning. For this is the land that has never become, but is always in the act of becoming."-- Ronald Reagan

" You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"In my studies as an attorney and as a United States Senator, I have constantly been amazed by the indifference or even hostility shown the Second Amendment by courts, legislatures, and commentators. James Madison would be startled to hear that his recognition of a right to keep and bear arms, which passed the House by a voice vote without objection and hardly a debate, has since been construed in but a single, and most ambiguous Supreme Court decision, whereas his proposals for freedom of religion, which he made reluctantly out of fear that they would be rejected or narrowed beyond use, and those for freedom of assembly, which passed only after a lengthy and bitter debate, are the subject of scores of detailed and favorable decisions. Thomas Jefferson, who kept a veritable armory of pistols, rifles and shotguns at Monticello, and advised his nephew to forsake other sports in favor of hunting, would be astounded to hear supposed civil libertarians claim firearm ownership should be restricted. Samuel Adams, a handgun owner who pressed for an amendment stating that the "Constitution shall never be construed . . . to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms," would be shocked to hear that his native state today imposes a year’s sentence, without probation or parole, for carrying a firearm without a police permit." -- Senator Orrin G. Hatch

"If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it." -- Marcus

Force rules the world still, Has ruled it, shall rule it; Meekness is weakness, Strength is triumphant, Over the whole earth. Still is it Thor's Day! -- The Challenge of Thor -- Hank W. Longfellow

"Funny ain't it. How it comes around. Right way is the hardest. Wrong way is the easiest. Rule of nature.

Like water seeks the path of least resistance. So you get crooked rivers and crooked men." -- Rip Torn as Sheriff Hank Pearson in Extreme Prejudice

"When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground." —Thomas Jefferson (11805)

"Nothing changes minds more efficiently than a bullet in the head." -- Bill J.

"During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety." -- Thomas Jefferson (1805)

"[The judicial Branch] may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments." —Alexander Hamilton (1788)

"Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors." —Joseph Story (1833)

"For it is a truth which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger, when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion." —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

"The great trouble with you Americans is that you are still under the influence of that second-rate — shall I say third-rate? — mind, Karl Marx." —H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

"It is a misfortune, inseparable from human affairs, that public measures are rarely investigated with that spirit of moderation which is essential to a just estimate of their real tendency to advance or obstruct the public good; and that this spirit is more apt to be diminished than prompted, by those occasions which require an unusual exercise of it." -- James Madison (1788)

"The power to determine the quantity of money ... is too important, too pervasive, to be exercised by a few people, however public-spirited, if there is any feasible alternative." —Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

"My ardent desire is, and my aim has been ... to comply strictly with all our engagements foreign and domestic; but to keep the U States free from political connections with every other Country. To see that they may be independent of all, and under the influence of none. In a word, I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to be respected abroad and happy at home." —George Washington (1775)

"Old man "Can't" is dead. I helped bury him." -- Atributed to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's grandfather

The Fed was largely responsible for converting what might have been a garden-variety recession, although perhaps a fairly severe one, into a major catastrophe. ... Far from the depression being a failure of the free-enterprise system, it was a tragic failure of government."-- Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it." —Thomas Paine (1777)

"National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman." -- John Adams (1815)

"History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."-- Ronald Reagan

"The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail." -- Thomas Jefferson (1774)

"To follow foolish precedents, and wink with both our eyes, is easier than to think." —William Cowper (1731-1800)

"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day." —Thomas Jefferson (1807)

"I had always hoped that the younger generation, receiving their early impressions after the flame of liberty had been kindled in every breast ... would have sympathized with oppression wherever found, and proved their love of liberty beyond their own share of it." — Thomas Jefferson (1814)

"During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare." —Thomas Jefferson ((1805)

"The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare." —Daniel Patrick Moynihan (19927-2003)

"[H]is was the singular destiny and merit, of leading the armies of his country successfully through an arduous war, for the establishment of its independence; of conducting its councils through the birth of a government, new in its forms and principles, until it had settled down into a quiet and orderly train; and of scrupulously obeying the laws through the whole of his career, civil and military, of which the history of the world furnishes no other example." —Thomas Jefferson on George Washington (1814)

"[N]o arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. -- Ronald Reagan

"National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman." -- John Adams (1815)

"So long as [men] hold the tribal notion that the individual is sacrificial fodder for the collective, that some men have the right to rule others by force, and that some (any) alleged 'good' can justify it — there can be no peace within a nation and no peace among nations." —Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

"To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim." —James Wilson (1790)

"Believe me, it is not failing to speak out with promptitude and energy that is the matter with you; it is having nothing consistent or valuable to say." —Matthew Arnold (1822-1887)

"Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics." —John Adams (1776)

"From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat them equally, the result must be inequality in their actual position, and that the only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently. Equality before the law and material equality are therefore not only different but are in conflict with each other; and we can achieve either one or the other, but not both at the same time." —Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992

"In the first place it is to be remembered that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any." —James Madison, Federalist 14 (11787)

"Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them." —Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

"Do not conceive that fine Clothes make fine Men, any more than fine feathers make fine Birds." —George Washington (1783)

"There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder."-- Ronald Reagan

For the record: "I think [Trump] could be the greatest president in history." —Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

"The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys." —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." —George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

"It is upon moral qualities that a society is ultimately founded. All

the prosperity and technological sophistication in the world is of no

use without that foundation." -- Miss Matheson, The Diamond Age, Neil Stephenson

"Education is the best provision for old age." —Aristotle (384-322 BC)


The Archives

The sayings Collection from 1997 through 2000, and 2001 through 2012 are available for download as zipped archives containing html files that can be read in your browser or opened in most current word processors.  Click on the links below to download these archives.  If you would like all the archived html files on a CD send $10 to 

John Schaefer
1365 S. Saddleback Dr.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

and request the "Sayings Archive CD." The CD will contain all the archives in ZIP format file containing .HTM files, and the current sayings to date.

Sayings Archives

1997 - 2000 Sayings zipped archive 2001 Sayings zipped archive
2002 Sayings zipped archive 2003 Sayings zipped archive
2004 Sayings zipped archive (#31 - #34) 2005 Sayings zipped archive (#35 - #38)
2006 Sayings zipped archive (#39 - #44) 2007 Sayings zipped archive (#45 - #50)
2008 Sayings zipped archive (#51 - #56) 2009 Sayings zipped archive (#57 - #62)
2010 Sayings zipped archive (#63 - #68) 2011 Sayings zipped archive (#69 - #74)
2012 Sayings zipped archive (#75 - #80) 2013 Sayings zipped archive (#81 - #86)
2014 Sayings zipped archive (#87 - #92) 2015 Sayings zipped archive (#93 - #98)
2016 Sayings zipped archive (#99 - #104)

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