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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)


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)

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



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)

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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