H.L. Mencken Quotes

H. L. Mencken (1880 –1956) was an American satirist, essayist, journalist and magazine editor. Mencken commented literature, politics, music and pseudo-experts. He was skeptical of populism, organized religion, economic theories, and very critical of creationism, Christian fundamentalism, and anti-intellectualism. Mencken’s books are still very popular. He is best known for his multi-volume study “The American…

Barry Goldwater Quotes

Barry M. Goldwater (1909-1998) was a U.S. Senator from the State of Arizona and the republican nominee for 1964 President Election. Also called “Mr. Conservative”, Goldwater fought to defeat the New Deal coalition. He lost the presidential election to Lyndon Johnson and after that, he became less active. After the 1964 defeat, Goldwater’s supporters turned…

P.J. O’Rourke Quotes

P. J. O’Rourke (born 1947) is an American political journalist, satirist, and writer. O’Rourke is the author of seventeen books. The latest one (“Holidays in Heck”) was published in 2011. “Don’t Vote!” (2010) and “Driving Like Crazy” (2009) are some of the most recent ones. O’Rourke is the most quoted living person, according to “60…

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) was an American poet, author, philosopher, naturalist, abolitionist, tax resister, surveyor, transcendentalist and historian. “Walden” is one of his best-known works. Thoreau was interested in environmental history and ecology. Modern environmentalism has its sources in some of Thoreau’s works. His philosophy was based on the idea of abandoning illusion…

Thomas Sowell Quotes

Thomas Sowell is an American political philosopher, social theorist, author and economist. He was born in 1930 in North Carolina. Sowell is a proponent of libertarianism and laissez-faire economics. He won the Francis Boyer Award in 1990, Sydney Hook Award in 1998, and received the National Humanities Medal in 2002. Currently, Sowell is a senior…

Cicero Quotes

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC –43 BC) was a Roman statesman, philosopher, orator, lawyer, constitutionalist and political theorist. Even though he was a very successful lawyer and great orator, Cicero believed his political career was more important than his other achievements. His political and philosophical writings are still popular. More than fifty judicial speeches have…

Ben Franklin Quotes

Benjamin Franklin (1706 –1790) was a political theorist, scientist, inventor, statesman, civic activist, diplomat and a Founding Father of the U.S. Franklin was famous for his theories and discoveries, especially those related to bifocals, lightning rod, and Franklin stove. The first fire department and the first public lending library in Pennsylvania were formed by Franklin….

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) was a Founding Father and the third U.S. President (1801-1809). When the American Revolution started, Jefferson represented Virginia in the Continental Congress. He was also the Governor of Virginia during the war (1779-1781). After the war, he became a U.S. diplomat in Paris. In 1785, Jefferson became the U.S. Minister…

Milton Friedman Quotes

Milton Friedman (1912 – 2006) was an American statistician, economist and author, and a Nobel Prize winner for economic sciences. Friedman is well known for his researches on monetary history, consumption analysis and stabilization policy. He was one of the most popular economists of the 20th century (right after John M. Keynes). Friedman was President…