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Born: 1939-03-08
Profession: Athlete
Nation: American
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Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?

Tags: Football, Men, Sports

You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.

Tags: Life, Sports, Time

Forget goals. Value the process.

Tags: Forget, Process, Value

There are a lot of benefits representative of government and it is far better than any type of dictatorial system and it is far better than a one-man rule situation.

Tags: Far, Government, Situation

This stuff on enemy combatants, the Bush Administration has fought like a tiger to avoid having to produce any evidence to a judge to show why somebody is locked up in perpetuity. Another example of that is the torture scandal.

Tags: Enemy, Judge, Why

With attention deficit democracy, I am trying to wake up people to how the combination of mass ignorance, fear mongering by the government, and lying politicians is putting our entire system of government to a death spiral.

Tags: Death, Fear, Government

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

Tags: Democracy, Sheep, Voting

This is a case if the President is permitted to be above the law, then we no longer have a republic.

Tags: Law, Longer, President

As long as enough people can be frightened, then all people can be ruled. That is how it works in a democratic system and mass fear becomes the ticket to destroy rights across the board.

Tags: Enough, Fear, Rights

People are so docile right now. It is almost as if good government means when the politicians lie to us for our own good, for the public good, and bad government is when politicians lie for their own selfish interests.

Tags: Good, Government, Selfish

It is unfortunate that Americans are no longer aware of what the constitution says and what their rights are. Because of that, we are often very passive about what happens when the government violates those rights.

Tags: Government, Often, Rights

There has been so much power concentrated. There is no leash on that power anymore and Americans face the situation that this power is getting momentum with each passing year with each presidency.

Tags: Getting, Power, Year

If an election is simply a one-day snapshot of transient mass delusions, then this is not a very noble form of government.

Tags: Election, Government, Simply

Politicians as a class are dangerous, that people who are seeking power over us are not, by definition, our friends.

Tags: Dangerous, Friends, Power

The vision that the founding fathers had of rule of law and equality before the law and no one above the law, that is a very viable vision, but instead of that, we have quasi mob rule.

Tags: Equality, Law, Vision

It is amazing to think after all that has happened in this country in the last few years, the last few decades, that so many people have this blind faith that government is our friend and therefore, so we don't need protections against it.

Tags: Amazing, Faith, Government

It is one of the great tragedies of the US, that most learn most of what they know about the government from the government.

Tags: Government, Great, Learn

It is hard to know how many people do, but given that the people are so docile towards the rulers, nowadays, very few Americans show the passion for freedom that our forefathers had.

Tags: Freedom, Hard, Passion

It is important to recognize and politics positive thinking is often the slaves' virtue - something that people do to con themselves about the burden and change being placed upon them.

Tags: Change, Politics, Positive

Part of the reason that the government's fear mongering is succeeding is because so many people are so ignorant, that it is easier for government to frighten people in submission.

Tags: Fear, Government, Reason

Some of the folks on both sides might be sincere, but it does seem as if it is only the opposition that cares about the Bill of Rights most of the time.

Tags: Both, Rights, Time

Well, one of the first things is to restore the rule of law, to place the government back under the cage of law. Another thing is to stop falling for the myth of democracy.

Tags: Democracy, Government, Law

How many McDonald's gift certificates would it take to sway a lot of Americans to pledge to never publicly criticize the U.S, President?

Tags: Criticize, Gift, President

If so many Americans are looking for the government to save them, then it is hard to have a dignified search for a shepherd in chief.

Tags: Government, Hard, Looking

It is like we are obliged to assume that the government is only doing what it says it is doing.

Tags: Assume, Government, Says

The Federal Government is exploiting public fear to redefine the relationship between the rulers and the American people.

Tags: Between, Fear, Government
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Entire generations of Americans have come of age since the ancient time when the president's power was constrained by a duty of candor to the American people.

Tags: Age, Power, Time

I was amazed at how easy it was for the Clinton Administration to basically cover what they did at Waco in the fog of lies and avoid any responsibility for it.

Tags: Avoid, Easy, Lies

It has been surprising to me that so few conservatives have voiced concern over the precedence that are being set in favor of suppression by this so-called conservative administration.

Tags: Concern, Favor, Few

Some politicians are aware of the Bill of Rights. It seems that the opposition party is far more likely to invoke it, to wave it in the air, this is what we saw from a lot of republicans during the Clinton Administration, and we are seeing the same from Democrats under Bush.

Tags: Far, Rights, Seems

The more expansive government is, the more perils people face in daily lives, be it from IRS agents or from child support services, or from other agencies that often have little or no legal restraints on their power.

Tags: Government, Legal, Power

Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.

Tags: Enthusiasm, Feared, Great

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.

Tags: Fired, Politics, Position

It is ever the invisible that is the object of our profoundest worship. With the lover it is not the seen but the unseen that he muses upon.

Tags: Invisible, Seen, Worship

Living with a saint is more grueling than being one.

Tags: Grueling, Living, Saint

Many children, many cares; no children, no felicity.

Tags: Cares, Children, Felicity

Partial culture runs to the ornate, extreme culture to simplicity.

Tags: Culture, Extreme, Simplicity

The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.

Tags: Body, Dead, Soul

The great artist is a slave to his ideals.

Tags: Artist, Great, Slave

The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.

Tags: Audacity, Execute, Plan

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.

Tags: Dangerous, Fire, Ways

They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.

Tags: Faith, Strong, Themselves

Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.

Tags: Bear, Great, Last

We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.

Tags: Limits, Nature, Since

Wine is a treacherous friend who you must always be on guard for.

Tags: Friend, Guard, Wine

The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.

Tags: Law, Men, Older

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.

Tags: Ambition, Love, Successful

Sensitiveness is closely allied to egotism; and excessive sensibility is only another name for morbid self-consciousness. The cure for tender sensibilities is to make more of our objects and less of our selves.

Tags: Another, Less, Name

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.

Tags: Friends, Leaving, Sunshine

Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.

Tags: Doubt, Whom, Yourself

Our first and last love is self-love.

Tags: Last, Love

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.

Tags: Happiness, Happy, Necessary

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.

Tags: Fear, Ignorance, Proportion

Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.

Tags: Food, Great, Music

It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.

Tags: Affection, Kiss, Passion

There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.

Tags: Beauty, Great, Life

Heaven lent you a soul, Earth will lend a grave.

Tags: Earth, Heaven, Soul

A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.

Tags: Enough, Failure, Strong

Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.

Tags: Brave, Courage, Desperate

When all else is lost, the future still remains.

Tags: Brainy, Future, Lost

Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.

Tags: Good, Great, Men

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.

Tags: Enemy, Panic, Sudden

A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it.

Tags: Making, Mistake, Sound

Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.

Tags: Grief, Inwardly

Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.

Tags: Able, Another, Best

Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.

Tags: Eyes, Nature, Sad

Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.

Tags: Characters, Example, Reason

Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.

Tags: Few, Truth, Words

Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.

Tags: Genius, Makes, Talent

The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.

Tags: Greater, Life, Small

We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us.

Tags: Boldly, Past, Pushes

As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.

Tags: Affliction, Virtue, Wheat

Earth took her shining station as a star, In Heaven's dark hall, high up the crowd of worlds.

Tags: Dark, Her, High
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