Pertinent Quotes from Thomas Jefferson

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe ."
— Thomas Jefferson

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
— Thomas Jefferson

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
— 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

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
— Thomas Jefferson

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
— Thomas Jefferson

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
— Thomas Jefferson

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
— Thomas Jefferson

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
— Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

John Wooden’s Teachings

John Wooden

John Wooden's 7 point creed:

Be true to yourself.
Make each day your masterpiece.
Help others.
Drink deeply from good books.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day.
Give thanks for your blessings every day.

John Wooden was the first college basketball player to be named basketball All-American three times and he won a national championship at Purdue in 1928. He was the basketball coach at UCLA from 1948 to 1975. His teams had four perfect 30-0 seasons, 88 consecutive victories, 38 straight NCAA tournament victories, 20 PAC 10 championships, and 10 national championships, including seven in a row.

 

When the rich protect the rights of the poor, the poor will protect the property of the rich – Thomas Paine

When the rich plunder the poor of his rights, it becomes an example for the poor to plunder the rich of his property, for the rights of the one are as much property to him as wealth is property to the other, and the little all is as dear as the much.

It is only by setting out on just principles that men are trained to be just to each other; and it will always be found, that when the rich protect the rights of the poor, the poor will protect the property of the rich. But the guarantee, to be effectual, must be parliamentarily reciprocal.

Thomas Paine

Attitude and Freedom

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor

Liberated after three years of life in concentration camps, he wrote his world-famous book Man's Search for Meaning. In this book, he described the life of an ordinary concentration camp inmate from the objective perspective of a psychiatrist. (Viktor Frankl in Wikipedia)