DISCLAIMER:  I do not guarantee these quotes to be authentic or accurate, 
             but they are both, to the best of my knowledge.  If you know
             of something below that is incorrect, please let me know.

There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they 
mean to govern.  They promise to be good masters, but they 
still intend to be masters. - Noah Webster

A good slave is still a slave - unknown

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought 
up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are 
once more slaves. -- D. H. Lawrence 

An armed society is a polite society.  Manners are good when one
may have to back up his acts with his life. - Robert A. Heinlein

Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those 
who do not. - Thomas Jefferson

Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, 
gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers. – Socrates 

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. – Socrates

There are some people that just need a 30.06 round between the eyes. 
– Clint Smith, on hostage takers

Anyone who would trade liberty for a modicum of security deserves 
neither liberty nor security. - Benjamin Franklin

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the
blood of patriots and tyrants. - Thomas Jefferson.

Because I wasn't dead, and I still had bullets left. - Lance Thomas,
in response to the question "You were shot in the neck.  How could
you have possibly fought back?"

The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men. - Henry David Thoreau

Obstacles are those terrifying things you see when you take your eyes of 
the goal. – Unknown

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child might have 
peace. - Thomas Paine

Revenge is a dish best served cold. - ancient proverb

I'm just a pool player.  There's probably nothing more insignificant on
the face of the planet.  But mark this;  I'm the best, and that's worth 
something. - Fats Brown, famous pool player

All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for 
enough good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

Mediocre people are always at their best. – Colin Powell

For what level of mediocrity will you settle? – Brandon Lee

We're supposed to have the firepower, but they had the firepower that
day.  But we had the willpower.  You know what?  I'll take willpower
over firepower any day. - S.W.A.T. officer involved in the North 
Hollywood shootout on February 28, 1997

Though defensive violence will always be a "sad necessity" in the 
eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if 
wrongdoers should dominate just men. - Saint Augustine

Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for
one who is responsible for the lives of others. – Catechism of
the Catholic Church, no. 2265 (1997)

Things do come to those who wait, but only things left by 
those who hustle. – Abraham Lincoln

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? – Abraham Lincoln

It is infinitely better to carry out a simple plan than to orchestrate 
an elaborate one and never use it. - Unknown

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps 
to perpetrate it. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of 
extremists we will be. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Safety cannot be bought with the currency of American Freedom. – Wayne LaPierre

There are a lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those 
holes. - Tony 'The Ant' Spilotro

Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. - Special Olympics oath

Who said don't kick a man when he's down?  Seems like that's the best time! - unknown

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions 
led by a sheep. – Talleyrand

Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and 
leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

You might find that "having" is not so pleasing a thing an "wanting."  It's not logical,
but you will find that it is often true. - Mr. Spock, paraphrasing an ancient proverb

The hunt is sweeter than the kill. - unknown

There is a certain amount of confidence in knowing there is nothing a 
carjacker/rapist/robber/murderer (pick one) can do to me that I can't 
do to him first, faster, and more efficiently.  That confidence will 
show in your demeanor and may help to dissuade the attacker from 
choosing you in the first place. - local firearms instructor

There is a type of person who walks around through life with his head up
his ass.  You see him every day. This type of person falls off a ladder
because he "forgot" he was on a ladder. He falls off a loading dock 
because he "forgot" he was standing next to a 10 foot drop. He runs red
lights and kills innocent people because he didn't see the red light, 
because he "forgot" you must pay attention while you drive. This same 
person is the type of person who gets robbed by the three armed thugs 
because he walked right up on them and never saw them. They didn't 
choose him. He chose them. - me, on some people's stupidity

About one out of every three people is a complete moron. Look to your left,
look to your right. If it's not them, it's you. - me, speaking about the
complete goober, booger eating, idiot morons I speak to every day.

Always play to the cheap seats.  That's where the critics sit.  The 
people who sit up front don't come to hear you play; they come to sit
up front. – Dave Evans, on playing the trumpet

Too loud?  You haven't heard "too loud" yet. - me, on playing the trumpet

I don't care if *your* gun *is* unloaded.  I don't have to know one way or the
other.  However, if you point it at me again, you will discover that *my* gun
*is* definitely loaded. - me, on occassion, while teaching a shooting class

Your guns are *sometimes* loaded.  My guns are *always* loaded.  Point 
a gun at me again, and you will meet Allah.  Today. - a friend of mine, 
while teaching a class in the mid-east

There are plenty of people who have been shot, who despise having a gun 
pointed them.  If you point at one of those people and live through it, 
pick up your teeth and move on.  It was *your* fault, not theirs. - a 
friend of mine, on pointing guns at other people for no good reason

If Allah fails, try Jesus. - seen painted on the side of a missile 
being attached to the wing of an F-15

We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night 
to visit violence on those who would do us harm. – George Orwell

I've been told "Why carry a gun?  There is no way to defend against an attacker 
if he already has a gun pointed at you."  The criminal's mind has to work through
a series of thoughts.  He doesn't know you have a gun, or he would have already
shot you.  If you are adept, when you suddenly pull your gun, he has to think, 
"Holy Shit! I picked the wrong one.  He has a gun.  I'd better shoot him before
he shoots me."  All you have to think is, "Front sight, press."  Which one do
you think is quicker? - local firearms instructor

It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the “hard” 
that makes it great. – Jimmy Dugan, famous baseball player, on baseball being “hard”

No journey is too far if you find what you seek. - attributed to Bruce Lee

It's a hell of a thing killing a man.  You take away all he's got...and all 
he's ever gonna' have. - Will Munny

Holy Shit!  Look at all the indians! - General Custer

Personal weapons are what raised mankind out of the mud, and the rifle is
the queen of personal weapons. — Jeff Cooper

The rifle is a weapon. Let there be no mistake about that. It is a tool of power,
and thus dependent completely upon the moral stature of its user. It is equally 
useful in securing meat for the table, destroying group enemies on the battlefield,
and resisting tyranny. In fact, it is the only means of resisting tyranny, since a 
citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized. — Jeff Cooper

The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, 
it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil,
and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda,
they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles. — Jeff Cooper

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, who holds the flag 
close to his heart, who gave his life to defend the flag, or who saw his comrades give 
their lives for that same reason, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gave the 
protester the right to burn the flag. - unknown

When I started shooting, I got tachypsychia. Everything seemed to be in slow motion.  
Then I got done shooting and they announced my time. Apparently I really was in slow 
motion." - Massad Ayoob, overheard after shooting a stage at a match

Don't wait for opportunity to knock; Turn the knob and drag it kicking and screaming 
through the door. - unknown

Somewhere tonight, there is a man holding a gun, standing post, thinking, "No one will
get through, no one will hurt them tonight.  Not on my watch." - unknown

It is infinitely better to carry out a simple plan than to orchestrate an elaborate one 
and never use it. - unknown

Nine millimeter.  Just like a real bullet, only smaller. - me (it's a joke. calm down)

Nine millimeter.  A .45 set for “stun.” - me

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. - unknown

I think that many of us confuse shooting with fighting. Shooting is the ability to hit a
target consistently. Fighting with a firearm is the ability to deliver significant hits to
a life-threatening adversary under incredible stress while avoiding being shot or injured
in the process. Admittedly, shooting is an essential part of that equation, BUT only one
part of many. – John Hearne

I gave away five years at the end my career to drinking. Five years. And now there isn't 
anything I wouldn't give to get back any one day of it. – Jimmy Dugan, famous baseball player.

If you want a man to build a boat, don’t teach him how to build a boat.  Teach him to love 
the sea – ancient proverb

The crown never brings honor to the man.  The man always brings honor to the crown. – British proverb

I'm not the best looking guy here, but I'm the only one talking to you. - me

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something. - unknown

Everything dies, but not everything comes to an end. - Rev. Thomas Martin

Truth is never dependent on the consensus of opinion.  It is better to be alone and acting 
upon the truth in your heart than to follow a gaggle of geese doomed to mediocrity. - unknown

When I say "Happy Holidays" to someone it means "I hope you enjoy whatever holiday you choose
to celebrate" not "In your face, baby Jesus!" – a friend from one of my discussion groups

Sometimes when people pose questions, your replies might as well be "Aardvarks fart in all
octaves." - a friend from one of my discussion groups

If you want to celebrate the birth of Christ, go to church. If you want to buy cheap toilet
paper, go to Wal-Mart. Please don't confuse the purpose of these institutions. - a friend 
from one of my discussion groups

A six year old with a skinned knee can out screech a gut shot panther - a friend from one 
of my discussion groups

Love consists not of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction - Antoine 
de Saint-Exupery

Babies are like tattoos. You see other peoples’ and they look pretty cool, but yours are never as good, 
and then you can't get rid of them. - a friend from one of my discussion groups

If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness. – Teddy Roosevelt

He’s like an Idiot Savant, without the Savant part. - me

I drive around with no headlights on; when someone flashes at me, I follow them home and mow their
lawn. - a friend from one of my discussion groups

Love doesn't make the world go round. Love makes the ride worthwhile. - Franklin Jones

There are men without morals who must be fought without hesitation or pity. - unknown

Liberty does not always ebb away.  Sometimes it dies with thunderous applause. - unknown

Opinions aren't excuses to remain ignorant, nor are they excuses to never examine one's beliefs & 
prejudices - a friend from one of my discussion groups

I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it. - a
friend from one of my discussion groups

May the forces of evil get confused on the way to your house. - ancient proverb

Armed gays don't get bashed.  Armed Christians don't get fed to the lions.  Armed Jews 
don't get gassed.  Armed witches don't get burned at the stake.  Armed Polacks don't get
insulted.  Armed villagers don't get pillaged.  Armed ladies don't get raped. - unknown

It seems, as a Christian, any statement that "proves" Christianity is the only true religion,
I'm supposed to accept without question, regardless of the reliability of the source, even when
it can be proven wrong. - me

To prove a Christian story wrong doesn't disprove Christianity.  It merely proves the idiocy of some 
Christians who make stuff up to prove themselves right. - a friend from one of my discussion groups

The best part of waking up is the knowledge that, at some point, I'll be going back to bed. - unknown

If you're whole religious experience is based on keeping yourself pure and hanging out with only pure
people, Jesus is going to really upset you. - Carl Sharon, Lutheran Chaplain at Yale Divinity School

There are no stupid questions, but there are a LOT of inquisitive idiots. - me

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. - Mark Twain

A lie can run around the world before the Truth can get its boots on. - Terry Pratchett

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions; but everyone is not entitled to their own 
facts. - Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan

For those who fought for freedom, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. - unknown

Statistics are like bikinis.  What they reveal is interesting but what they conceal is 
vital. - a friend from one of my discussion groups

It is far easier to whisper advice from cover rather than risk its merit at the point 
of attack. - unknown

A fly may sting a horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect and the other is
still a horse. - Samuel Johnson

I'm going to make you cry and dip my cookie in your tears. - a friend from one of my discussion groups

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price has faded. - unknown

Shooting at the ice cream man has got to rank pretty high on the list of things that would mess up 
your karma. - a friend from one of my discussion groups

I love the way you just stick it out there and how the &%$#@ you give is nonexistent. - a 
friend from one of my discussion groups

In perfume, as in underwear, the scantiest of applications provides the greatest 
of returns. - a friend from one of my discussion groups

That which does not kill me, has made a tactical error. - unknown

Why do I carry a gun?  Because I can't carry a cop! - someone on a discussion group

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take 
away everything you love. - unknown

It is very difficult for normal, rational, socialized, civilized people to grasp that they live cheek 
by jowl with people who are NOT normal, rational, socialized, or civilized. There are people out there 
who do not care about your hopes or plans for the future, they do not care about your family, they do 
not care about the pain and suffering they inflict-they just don't care. They may kill you for the 
contents of your wallet, so they can buy one more day's supply of drugs. They may rape you because 
they feel powerless, degraded, and abused except while they are degrading and abusing someone else.
They may kill you simply to move up one rank in their street gang. Guess what? It doesn't matter "Why?"
A typical victim reaction is, "But why would anyone want to hurt me?" Who cares why? - a friend of
mine, a shooting and personal safety instructor

One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings. – Diogenes

Never insult seven men when you're only packing a six-gun. - Zayne Grey