Quotes of Vernon Howard


 Luck is the intersection of Preparation and Opportunity

"There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." Henry David Thoreau
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” Arthur Schopenhauer
‎"The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that... end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods."
- H. L. Mencken

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. - John Adams
2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. - Mark Twain
3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. - Mark Twain
4. I contend that 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
5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw
6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. - G. Gordon Liddy
7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. - James Bovard
8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. - Douglas Casey
9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O'Rourke
10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. - Frederic Bastiat
11. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. - Ronald Reagan
12. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. - Will Rogers
13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! - P.J. O'Rourke
14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. - Voltaire
15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you! - Pericles
16. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. - Mark Twain
17. Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it. - Anonymous
18. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. - Ronald Reagan
19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchill
20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. - Mark Twain
21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. - Herbert Spencer
22. There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save Congress. - Mark Twain
23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. - Edward Langley
24. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. - Aesop
Five Best Sentences
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.
2.What one person receives without working for... another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

"I freed hundreds of slaves; I could have freed thousands more if they had known they were slaves." ~ Harriet Tubman
The key to originality is a faulty memory.
Fiat justitia ruat caelum   Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.
Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? Expediency asks the question - is it political? But conscience asks the question - is it right? There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, or political; but because it is right. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Never let a dog watch your food.  Never let the government watch your money.  Barry Goldwater
 How many poor men ever created a job?
I believe in compromise. Obama wants two terms. I want him to have zero terms. Certainly we can come to some reasonable compromise.  Don Luskin
President Obama and other leftists clearly have signaled that they want the new “super committee” – which will recommend $1.5 trillion of deficit reduction before Thanksgiving – to be a vehicle for “balance” and “shared sacrifice.” But if you look in a Statism-to-English dictionary, you learn that “balance” is a code word for higher taxes and “shared sacrifice” means class-warfare taxation.  Dan Mitchell Cato 2 Aug 2011.
A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul
can be assured of the support of Paul.  George Bernard Shaw

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying
to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.  George Bernard Shaw

"Truth is treason in the empire of lies." - George Orwell

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”  George Orwell

"Sometimes I wonder if the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." ~ Mark Twain

Gold is the money of kings; silver is the money of gentlemen; barter is the money of peasants; but debt is the money of slaves." Norm Franz.
 TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch -- Robert A. Heinlein

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
-P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

"The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom." -- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

"You have to ask yourself, 'Who owns me? Do I own myself or am I just another piece of government property?' " -- Neal Boortz

In principle, there are only two fundamental political viewpoints. That is, two contradictory ends of the 'political spectrum.' Those two principles are freedom and slavery." -- Mark Da Cunha

"There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob." -- Ayn Rand

Reaching consensus in a group is often confused with finding the right answer.
-- Norman Mailer

Corruption is no stranger to Washington; it is a famous resident.
-- Walter Goodman

"I will accept any rules that you feel necessary to your freedom. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." -Robert A. Heinlein

"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it.  The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics."--T Sowell

“Financial dependence on the state is the foundation of modern serfdom.” -- G. Edward Griffin

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." -- Samuel Adams

"Freedom is rarely lost in a single stroke. The danger lies in losing it bit by bit." -Dennis Patrick

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others
William Allen White

Guns have only two enemies.  Rust and politicians.

An armed man is a citizen.  An unarmed man is a subject.

Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.

You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.
Know guns.  Know peace.  Know safety.
No guns.  No peace.  No safety.



Gun control is not about guns.  It is about control.



Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not. 

Thomas Jefferson



The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.


Thomas Jefferson

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny

Thomas Jefferson

 On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.

Thomas Jefferson

If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions.

Thomas Jefferson



Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.


Thomas Jefferson

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.   

John Quincy Adams

On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

Tyler Durden Fight Club/Zero Hedge web site

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XVII, 1782. ME 2:221

First they ignore you
Then they laugh at you
Then they fight you
And then you win.    


When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it.

Frederic Bastiat

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

George Washington

Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin!

You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God, I will rout you out... If people only understood the rank injustice of the money and banking system, there would be a revolution by morning.

Andrew Jackson referring to the central bank of his day

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. 

Thomas Jefferson

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.

Thomas Jefferson

A democracy cannot survive as a permanent form of government. It can last only until its citizens discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority (who vote) will vote for those candidates promising the greatest benefits from the public purse, with the result that a democracy will always collapse from loose fiscal policies..

Thomas Babington Macaulay

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.

Thomas Paine

Any government big enough to give you everything, is big enough to take it all away.

Thomas Jefferson

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.

Hillel   Ethic of Reciprocity (Golden Rule)

It will be of little avail to the people, that
the laws are made by men of their own choice,
if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before
they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes, that no man who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known or less fixed.

James Madison Federalist Papers #62   Might have been talking about health care reform

At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

Abraham Lincoln-- January 27, 1838 - Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

An independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics.

Adlai Stevenson

The Constitution is the guide I will not abandon.

George Washington

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.

Thomas Jefferson

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


Any government big enough to give you everything, is big enough to take it all away.

Thomas Jefferson

Once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows. 

Lyn Nofziger

Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.