Wise Sayings about Fighting the Battle

Here are some of Gregory A. Hession's favorite quotes and sayings which he has collected over a lifetime. They have provided deeper understanding of the law, the state, government power, bureaucrats, and how to fight them more effectively.

Battle Strategy

The Golden Rule of dis-informers: Always accuse your adversary of whatever is true about yourself. -Unknown

An honest tale speeds best being plainly told. - Shakespeare

If something hasn't gone wrong in your case, it is about to. -Unknown lawyer

When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff. -Cicero (Roman historian)

Talent whips truth every time. - Judge Don B. Morgan

How ridiculous and unrealistic is the man who is astonished at anything that happens in life. -Marcus Aurelius Antonious (Roman historian)

Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism. -Mary McCarthy

I do not rule Russia. Ten thousand clerks do. -Czar Nicholas I (Russian tyrant)

A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Change

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. -Henry David Thoreau (American author)

Children

Maybe the scariest quote of all: Every child is our child. -UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation. -Adolph Hitler (Mein Kampf)

If I produce a kid who's well adjusted to American society, I am the most abysmal failure I could imagine. -Dr. Arnold Burron

Child Protection System

If the Nation had deliberately designed a system that would frustrate the professionals who staff it, anger the public who finance it, and abandon the children who depend on it, it could not have done a better job than the present child welfare system. - National Commission on Children

Courage

Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid. -Col. David Hackworth (Military historian)

Courts

A piece of paper, blown by the wind into a law court, may in the end only be drawn out again by two oxen. - Chinese proverb

More cross examinations are suicidal than homicidal. -Emory R. Buckner

Whoever tells the best story wins. -John Quincy Adams (Sixth U.S. President)

Poor people have access to the courts in the same sense that Christians had access to the lions. - Judge Earl Johnson, Jr.

Faith and Strength

Duty is ours. Results are God's. -John Quincy Adams

Fear God and no one else. -Stonewall Jackson (Southern Civil War general)

Trust ye not in princes [judges] and the sons of men in whom there is no salvation. -King David of Israel (Ps. 145:3)

Grant me the courage to change the things I can change, the serenity to accept those that I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference. -Reinhold Neibuhr

Every child is our child. -UNESCO (The scariest quote of all)
Government and the State

What has made the state a hell on earth has been that man has tried to make it his heaven. -Johann Christian Friedrich Holderlin

The era of big government is over. -Bill Clinton's biggest whopper

We are fast approaching the state of the ultimate inversion. The stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission - which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. - Ayn Rand

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help. -Ronald Reagan

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have [including your children] -Thomas Jefferson

Judges

The Constitution.... is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please. -Thomas Jefferson

Justice

Justice? You get justice in the next world. In this world you have law. -William Gaddis

Never get vengeance and justice mixed up. -Robert Spencer

Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake. -George Bernard Shaw

Law

What do I care about the law? Ain't I got the power? -Tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt

Petty laws breed great crimes. -Ouida

Law never made a man a whit more just. -Henry David Thoreau

The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws. -Edward Abbey

Lawyers

Hell hath no fury like the lawyer of a woman scorned. - Unknown

People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience be their guide. - Will Rogers (Comedian)

Litigation

Suffer any wrong to be done to you, rather than go there. [Family Court] -Charles Dickens, from his novel, Bleak House

Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; They pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property. - Jean De La Bruyere

It's better to enter the mouth of a tiger than a court of law. -Chinese Proverb

Marriage

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. -Socrates (Greek philosopher)

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. -Groucho Marx

Parents

In the end, no program can substitute for a parent. -Unknown

Police State

A free man must be able to endure it when his fellow men act and live otherwise than he considers proper. He must free himself from the habit, just as soon as something does not please him, of calling for the police. -Ludwig von Mises (Greatest economist of 20th century)

Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit and abolish women? - Martin Luther (Founder of Lutheran Church)

It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. -Claire Wolfe (Patriot, Survivalist)

Politics

There are none so intolerant as those who preach tolerance. -Edward Steele (Attorney)

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. -Groucho Marx (Comedian)

One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation. -Thomas Reed

###### Secret Courts ######

It is desirable that [judicial proceedings] should take place under the public eye... because it is of the highest moment that those who administer justice should always act under the sense of public responsibility, and that every citizen should be able to satisfy himself with his own eyes as to the mode in which a public duty is performed. -Oliver Wendall Holmes (U.S. Supreme Court Justice)

[Note: Child Protection cases are held in secret courts, so their evil deeds can be hidden from the press and the public, and so the judges have no accountability]

Schools, Gummint

The family is the true wellspring of the future, not the state, and the woman is the key to it. The statist school is a citizen-producing factory designed to manufacture people whose every loyalty is eroded. No family ties bind the well-taught statist school product. Thus, all competing institutions or loyalties of family, faith, and heritage are eliminated. The result is a mass man; Such a man is easily a rebel, a malcontent, or a drone, but he is not capable of anything but a statist answer to problems, because for him no other agency has any stature or viability. He is a factory product with standardized reactions and responses. -Rousas Rushdoony (Christian scholar, author)

Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery. -Benjamin Disraeli (British Prime Minister)

Tyranny

Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves. -William Pitt (British Prime Minister, 1783)

We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton (Government Thugette)

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointive, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. -James Madison [Note the resemblance to a certain state agency? -Ed]

A nation of slaves is always prepared to applaud the clemency of their master, who, in the abuse of absolute power, does not proceed to the last extremes of injustice and oppression. -Edward Gibbon (English historian)

No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: The officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and the electromechanical gadgets. - Edward Abbey (Author and gadfly)

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated. But those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences. -C.S. Lewis (English scholar and Christian apologist)

Why Is This Happening

The Constitution . . . is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please. - Thomas Jefferson