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AristotleOligarchs and tyrants mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

George CarlinThey say if you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns. Well, those are precisely the people who need them!

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Lyndon JohnsonGuns and bombs, rockets and warships, are all symbols of human failure.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]

Niccolò MachiavelliHence it comes that all armed prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed prophets have been destroyed.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Ayn RandA gun is not an argument.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Charles de GaulleNo country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Douglas MacArthurWhoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

Adolf HitlerTo conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

Thomas JeffersonNo free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Thomas JeffersonAs to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Harry TrumanThe atom bomb was no 'great decision.' It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Niccolò MachiavelliThe chief foundations of all states are good laws and good arms; and as there cannot be good laws where the state is not well armed, it follows that where they are well armed they have good laws.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher


Latin Quotes

CiceroLet arms yield to the toga.

Cedant arma togae.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

     (meaning: let military power give way to civil power)

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Funny Quotes

Mae WestIs that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

—  Mae West, 1892-1980, American actress

     (said it in the film Sextette,1978, but already attributed to West since the 1930s)

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Dave BarryThe metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet.

—  Dave Barry, 1947-, American journalist

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Proverbs

Polish ProverbGod grant me a good sword and no use for it.

—  Polish Proverb


Movie Quotes

The Big Sleep (1946)My, my, my! Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains.

—  from the film The Big Sleep (1946)

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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966)You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

—  from the film The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

The Godfather (1972)Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

—  from the film The Godfather (1972)










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