Quote-a-palooza

“Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.” —Aristotle

“A true way to be deceived is to think oneself more clever than the others.” —Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” —Winston Churchill
“Americans need a little more patience and Iraqis a little less. That’s the judgment of Gen. John Abizaid… ‘Our problem is to give up some control. The Iraqi problem is to take control,’ says Abizaid, who as head of Central Command has overall responsibility for U.S. forces here. He says Americans shouldn’t think of the transition as a straight line—’as they stand up, we stand down’ —but as a process of gradual stabilization.” —David Ignatius

“Somehow, despite contrary facts that are palpably clear in the historic record, [American and European leaders] have managed to convince themselves and the world that the most terrible wars of the 20th century occurred because nations didn’t do enough talking to resolve their differences [when in] fact, they occurred because shortsighted, peace-minded leaders allow[ed] good intentions and wishful thinking to take the place of an accurate assessment of the identity and intentions of their adversaries.” —Alan Keyes

“Why, oh why, do they hate us? As a passenger about to board an airliner, it’s hard to work up an interest… A more immediate question occurs: ‘How do we keep them from killing us?’ By random searches. By searching stereotypical suspects, too. By paying attention.” —Paul Greenberg

“Unless we in the West adapt more quickly than do canny Islamic terrorists in this constantly evolving war, cease our internecine fighting and stop forgetting what we’ve learned about our enemies—there will be disasters to come far worse than Sept. 11.” —Victor Davis Hanson

“We are really enabling immigrants to avoid learning English and assimilating into our culture because we give them everything they need so they don’t have to learn to speak English or become part of the traditional melting pot. By enabling these people, we build an enclave for them that looks like the one they ran away from at home…” —Michael Reagan

“When something is more expensive, people want less of it. That’s as true of labor as it is of ice cream cones.” —Stephen Moore