Quotes from Great Americans and from some not so Great Americans

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. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.

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

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
Thomas Jefferson

Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them

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

He who is the author of a war lets loose the whole contagion of hell and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
Thomas Paine

“They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today.
“They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Now onto the not so great Americans:

Now, I have to go back to work on my State of the Union speech. And I worked on it until pretty late last night. But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.
Bill Clinton

If money isn’t loosened up, this sucker could go down

We found the weapons of mass destruction

We also have intelligence that Iraq has sought large amounts of uranium and uranium oxide, known as yellowcake, from Africa.
George Bush

I am here today because I want to urge you to join us, instead of fighting us in this effort, Obama told an audience that included some of Wall Street's top executives. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein
Barack W. Obushma

When I sell liquor, it's called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it's called hospitality.
Al Capone