Powerful words, or not?

So for his Independence Day post, Jeff Goins decided to blog about the power of words, featuring (naturally) those words penned back in 1776, when people not only could write cursive (but that’s another post), but beautiful cursive that you want to frame.

And as Jeff is wont to do, he ended his post with an invitation to comment about other words that we might find “powerful.”

I collect a lot of people’s words (i.e. quotations).  They have several things in common. For one, most of them were first uttered by those we consider our greatest statesmen. For another, the ones that resonate most with me seem also seem to share an unfortunate tendency to be the most powerless words on the planet (or at least in the US of A):

“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
–Carl Jung

It seems the more proof we have of this, the more Government tries to make us use the same recipe.

No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.
– Abraham Lincoln

If Government doesn’t think they’re good enough, then they must assume being born in America constitutes “consent.”

Power always thinks… that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.
John Adams

Oh, that explains it.

“A nation that expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, expects what never was and never will be.”
–Thomas Jefferson

We keep trying to make things simpler and simpler, we have more and more schooling to get less and less learned, and meanwhile our freedoms go by the board.

“Corruption of morals in the mass of cultivators is a phenomenon of which no age nor nation has furnished an example.”
-Thomas Jefferson

Probably why family farms are being absorbed left and right into factory farms, and taxes and regulations are disproportionately burdensome for small businesses and “self employed” individuals. Can’t be having uncorruptable cultivators around to maintain morals.

“It is better that ten guilty escape than one innocent suffer.”
–William Blackstone

If the “people” had their way, most victims of Fake News would be drawn, hung, and quartered before the truth got its proverbial shoes on.

“Hence also do I advocate training in arms for those who believe in the method of violence. I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor…
When violence is offered in self-defense or for the defense of the defenseless, it is an act of bravery far better than cowardly submission…”
–Gandhi

Yet there are those who believe everyone can be forcibly made into sheeple.

“To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.”
— Erich Fromm

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte

We kill people time and time again, but we never count it unless the heart stops beating.

Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.

-Theodore Roosevelt

So what do we do with the ones who were born here?

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”
-Theodore Roosevelt
I think we’ve got all of those. . .
And my all-time most resonant quote:

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
–Benjamin Franklin

 

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