Here's all those quotes I've been collecting
reportedly, some famous quotes are erroneously attributed....

"Se as armas queres ver, com tens dito,
Cumprido ese desejo te seria;
Como amigos as veras, porque eu me obrigo
Que nunca as queiras ver como inimigo"
              -  Camoes, Os Lusiadas c I, v66

"No te mostrare mi espalda sin razon.
No la guardare sin honor."
               -  engraved on a Spanish Sword in a museum.

Jag har svurit att aldrig starta
ett orätvist krig;
ej heller att sluta ett rättvist på
något annat sätt
än att förinta mina fiender.
 - Karl XII

Despite regulations, you can't stop a Punjabi from loving guns."
 - from an article on interest in guns in india

"An old gun will carry the tooth marks of long-dead craftsmen, the scars of hard hunts completed before you were born, the smooth patina left by the hand of an earlier generation. When today’s hunters use such guns, they carry an extra magic that I cannot define, but must acknowledge."

– Stephen Bodio, Good Guns Again, 1994

Molon Labe - come and get em!

Never criticize a rifleman until you have walked a mile in is shoes. That way, he'll be barefoot and you'll be out of range.

In Calgary, near the Bow River, is a small plaza that must have been built as part of the '88 Winter Olympics. Set in metal letters right into the stone surface of the plaza is this sentence:
"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle."
(attributed to Baron de Coubertain, founder of the modern olympics)

"A good shot must necessarily be a good man since the essence of good marksmanship is self-control and self-control is the essential quality of a good man."
    -   Theodore Roosevelt

"No wonder no one shoots Rapid Fire, it's too damn hard!"
        - -  Jerry Miculek (speaking of Olympic rapid fire)

"When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation...and that's why carrying a gun is a civilized act." - Unknown

"A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that." Shane, From SHANE The Movie

Three old rifle shooters are out walking.
First one says, "Windy, isn't it?"
Second one says, "No, its Thursday!"
Third one says, "So am I. Let's go get a beer."
- from fullbore list

"If a man stands just an hour with a weapon in his hands to fight Jihad, its better than being a preacher in Mecca for 100 years."
    -  -  unidentified Lebanese man who had gone to Iraq to join the insurgency and later returned, quoted in LA Times, 29-Dec-04

"Suppose the Second Amendment said, 'A well-educated electorate being
necessary for self-governance in a free state, the right of the people
to keep and read books shall not be infringed.' Is there anyone who
would suggest that means only registered voters have a right to read?"
-- Robert A. Levy, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Never Again means Never Again
 - slogan under a picture of a girl shooting an Uzi

Shooting is a lifetime sport
Le tir est un sport pour tout àge

           - from the Shooting Federation of Canada website

"The shooting sports represent the essence of fine motor control in sports...few other sports require the refined motor skill and precision of shooting. Likewise, few other sports necessitate the combined physical and emotional aptitudes that are required for sport shooting success."
  -  Dr. Robert DuVall, director of SportsMedicine of Atlanta (SMA)

چو کار از ھمہ حيلتے در گزشت

حلال است بردن بہ شمشير دست
     - from some Sikh sacred text.

"Do you not know that those who shoot in a match all shoot, but one receives the prize? Shoot in such a way that you may obtain it."
 - paraphrasing what some guy named Paul said in a different sacred text to make it relevant to our sport.
I Cor 9:24.

"The .30-06 is never a mistake." Townsend Whelen

"I am learning lots of Hindustani here, none of my people speak a word
of English, so I have to talk to them in their own poisonous language."
- -  Frederick Dixon    in

6,5x55 - Nordens mest undervurderte langholdspatron. Knallgo' til 1000, rettelse 1200 meter.

"It is Sunna that every Muslim has the right to bear arms."
  - quote online.
(praise the lord and pass the ammunition)

Aux Armes Citoyens!

Its not the caliber of the rifle that matters, but the caliber of the shooter.

"No my eyebrows ain't plucked, there's a gun in my truck, oh thank god, I'm still a guy"
      - -      some country music song in 2008

"Save my truck, save my guns - when they're old enough, give 'em to my sons..."
      - - some country song popular in 2023

No se caza para matar
Sino, al reves
Se mata para haber cazado
     - Jose Ortega y Gasset

aslihaat fi beit

"'s not uncommon for households in the Middle East to have at least an AK-47 around the house..."

 - from a news report on Yahoo
(I'm likin' that place more all the time :)  image is tough to see, but there are 2 underfolder AK's on black cases at the back of the photo)

"...Shaking with indignation I let my Mannlicher-Schoenauer speak for me and four of the murderous brutes met their death."
                  -  -   Kalman Kittenberger

"A rifle is a tool, like a splitting maul or a chainsaw. But a rifle is more. A rifle is a key that unlocks a world of freedom, a storehouse of memories of mountains, a dream of wild adventure...."

 - Ben Long in an article in Bugle.

Die 7x57 funktioniert auf jeder Art von big game von springbok für Elche, ohne tötung der Jäger!

"A man who opens a case in a hunting camp and lifts out a single-shot rifle makes a statement about himself. It may be quite unconscious, or it may be pure egotistical one-upmanship, but it does project the image of a superior marksman and a hunter of above-average skills."
   -   unknown, seen on a website

"Any hunt is sweeter when a single shot draws the blood."
 - some guy called Picturerock on

"There is no past-time the equal of rifle shooting. Rifle shooting, pure and simply, will satisfy without the adjuncts of appplauding crowds, "pots" won or honours received, for the use of the rifle is in itself a sport unsurpassed."
     -    -    W. W. Greener, 1910

"The rifle is the queen of weapons and its effective use is one of the greatest satisfactions available to man."
    -   -    Jeff Cooper

Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
 - - Mahatma Ghandi

And why do I regard the British rule as a curse?

It has impoverished the dumb millions by a system of progressive exploitation and by a ruinously expensive military and civil administration which the country can never afford.

It has reduced us politically to serfdom. It has sapped the foundations of our culture. And, by the policy of cruel disarmament, it has degraded us spiritually. Lacking the inward strength, we have been reduced, by all but universal disarmament, to a state bordering on cowardly helplessness.

 - Gadhi again reported at emphasis mine

Since the dawn of history men have shown more interest in their weapons than in any other thing except possibly their women.
 - From The 1951 Ultimate in Rifle Precision - Townsen Whelen, editor

Owning a gun or knife and not using it, is akin to not sleeping with your girlfriend to keep her neat and tidy for the next bloke.
 - found on some british forum.

"Big game hunting is an utterly different sport from target shooting - as different as baseball from cricket. And just as you use entirely different tools in those two games, so do you require different tools for the two different types of shooting - different weapons and different sights - whilst the methods employed are also quite different."
   -    -    John Taylor, 1948

"A good shot must necessarily be a good man since the essence of good marksmanship is self-control and self-control is the essential quality of a good man."
– Theodore Roosevelt

Una Trienta ocho super, para limpiar el camino
  - from a song heard on youtube

God smiles on people who carry 9x23, and when someone shoots a .38 Super, angels get their wings.
 - from someone named blr on

"The 30-06 ("United States cartridge, caliber 30, model of 1906") was and remains king. If the 308 now encroaches upon it that is because of improvements in rifle design, rather than new cartridges. Let him who would denigrate the King place himself well beyond the castle walls lest he be overheard."
 - Col. Jeff Cooper

" Real elk guns start with the number 3 or bigger and blow two holes, one in and one out." - found online

"The ideal tool for putting round holes into square heads."
 - unknown

"I hope to see a rifle in the chimney breast of every cottage in the land"
 - Lord Salsbury

Buying one gun a month is not just the law, its your duty
 - unknown

"They were very cliquish, elitist folks who weren't too welcoming to outsiders. Sort of like rednecks in green hats and lederhosen"
 - American describing German Jager (hunter) clubs, posted on an internet forum.

مستم مستم، برنو کوتاہ بہ دستم

  -    Boyer Ahmad song about the Brno rifle.

برنو برنو برنو، تفنگ من برنو
  -    some other Persian song about the Brno rifle.

میخواھم  بروم  کوہ  ،  شکار  آھو  ، تفنگ  من  کو  لیلی  جان ؟  تفنگ  من کو ؟

     -    پری   زنگنہ   

A 22LR is not a gun, they should be thought of as a condiment, in that they serve to increase the pleasure of life. Likewise they should never be counted in among the number of guns that you confess to having. They should be handed out as wedding and graduation presents to those poor souls who did not get one when they turned 10 or 12 (or even younger if you happen to find a very nice one for your 5 year old).
 - unknown

"We get too fixated on looking at the sights, aiming is highly overated"
   -  -   Rob Leatham

“Yet my pistol is more than just security. Like an Orthodox Jewish yarmulke or a Christian cross, it is a symbol of who I am, what I believe, and the moral standards by which I live.”
        ---- Finn Aagard

... It symbolizes the Social Contract between myself and society and declares that I am no mere subject but a free and independent citizen of the Republic who holds inalienable rights while honoring the responsibilities that accompany those rights. My pistol states that I will defend the common weal, that I will uphold what is right and decent and that I am willing and able to protect myself and mine. (The police cannot and are not required to protect the individual person or family. They are spread too thin for that. When called they will do their best, but all too often they can get there only in time to clean up the aftermath. You are responsible for your own safety.)

My pistol is my family’s shield, my guarantee that upon my life I will let no evil touch them. When a malefactor demands, Your dignity and your money, or your life!” my pistol introduces a very sobering third alternative: No - if you persist in this criminal endeavor, it is your life that will be at hazard.”

   - - Finn Aagaard

An' when there wasn't aught to do
But camp and cattle-guards,
I've fought with 'im the 'ole day through,
At fifteen 'undred yards;
Long afternoons o' lyin' still,
An' 'earin' as you lay,
The bullets swish from 'ill to 'ill
Like scythes among the 'ay.
   -    Kipling on Boer marksmanship

Pistols do not win wars, but they save the lives of the men who do
 - unknown

A scrimmage in a Border Station
A canter down some dark defile
Two thousand pounds of education
Drops to a ten-rupee jezail.
                             - Rudyard Kipling

Rifles are rifles and tits are tits some are for looking at and some are there to get the job done, and in the case of a rifle that is to put blood on the ground.
Make your first hunting rifle a workhorse go horse, not a show horse. You can get a "pretty" gun later.
 - -  some forum post possibly by someone using the name Uglystick

One loves to possess arms, though they hope never have occasion for them.
 - Thomas Jefferson to George Washington 1796

“a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home….”
   -  Ida B. Wells

"In my country, this is not important."
 - unnamed Saudi officer attending the Ft Benning School for Boys, speaking on the topic of rifle marksmenship

Wenn ich kultur höre ... entsichere ich meinen Browning
     - from an old German play

"Whenever you find a man without a hobby, they had just as well put him to bed with a shovel, as he will never be worth a d----."
   - - Quoted in 1929 AR by Elmer Keith who attributed it to a very good friend.

چون کار از همه حیله در گزشت
حلال است بردن به  شمشیر دست

ਗੁਰੂ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ  -   زفرنامه   

shuq da kui mol nei
ਸ਼ੋਕ਼ ਦਾ ਕੁਈ ਮੋਲ ਨੇ

شوق  دا  کؤی  مل  نۓ
 - punjabi saying

I am the Saint, the Soldier that walks in Peace. I am the Humble dust of your feet, But dont think my Spirituality makes me weak. The Heavens will roar if my Kirpan were to speak...
 - this thought has probably also been expressed in punjabi.

"A good Sardar is someone with a jeep and a gun"
 - Aman Kaur Singh

"Finally I thought of something: I offered to him to exchange his old gun for a new one. But he refused, saying that the berdanka was dear to him because of the memory of his father, that he was used to it and that it shoots very well. He reached over to the tree, took up his gun and began to stroke on the stock with his hand." --"Dersu Uzala", V. K. Arsen’ev.

Bunduki sultani ya bara bara
     - swahili saying

"a household stove may be kept cold, but the barrel of the gun is kept warm."
 - might be a Pashto saying.

The bullet is for the honorable adversary, not for butchers
Major-General Iona Timofeevich Nikitchenko (Russian: Иона Тимофеевич Никитченко) from the movie "Nurenburg".

"We left our tents at this place, hence forth when Night overtakes us, we will Bivouac like true soldiers." - Eli W. Hazen, 1st Inf. C.V. (Diary March 19, 1862)

“We do not claim to be much of a prophet, but we do say that the building of a railroad across this country is bound to bring some features of ‘civilized’ life that we could do without. It will now be unlawful to shoot a horse thief, and ill-bred to plug the man who threatened your life. Verily, progress has its drawbacks.”
Chamber of Commerce flyer in Roswell, NM., and attributed to The Roswell Daily Record in 1901:

Kinetic energy does not matter. Accuracy almost does not matter. The headstamp on the case certainly does not matter. Having more shells in the magazine does not matter. How well you can hit with your rifle is almost all that matters!
Ross Seyfried

"My work is my life, and my life is my work. I invented this assault rifle to defend my country. Today, I am proud that it has become for many synonymous with liberty."
 - Михаи́л Тимофе́евич Кала́шников

It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.
 - some guy called 8x57 on

וגרחל םכשח ךגרחל אב םא הרמא הרותתו

“If a man comes to kill you,
rise early and kill him first”
(Talmud, Berakoth 58b).

A train carrying around five thousand Hindus including around 800 women was attacked near Kamoke railway station in the beginning of September 1947. The massacre was planned was evident from the fact that before the Muslim mob attacked the train, the Hindus who had around 97 licensed guns and rifles in their possession were disarmed on the station by the local police during a search operation. All the men were butchered to death and elderly women and children were mercilessly killed while the younger women were distributed among the attackers as war booty.
  -  - - from an article regarding The Kamoke Massacre (emphasis added)

"The soldiers are everywhere..... They holler for the people to..... gather all guns and weapons, to surrender the weapons to them."
  - observation of then 5 year old Loung Ung, April 17, 1975. The day the Khmer Rouge took over Phnom Penh and turned Cambodia into the "Killing Fields". First They Killed My Father.

"There are only two things more beautiful than a gun: a Swiss watch or a woman from anywhere. Ever had a good... Swiss watch?"- Cherry Valance, 1948

"Our houses are protected by the good lord and a gun, and you just might meet them both if you show up unwelcome son"
 - country song in 2010

Sister's got a boyfriend Daddy doesn't like
Now he's sittin' out back, 30-30 in his lap
In the blue bug zapper light"
  - country song by Kenny Chesney 2014

A super high ballistic co-efficient miss tends to be far less effective than published data suggests.
 - some guy from Moray on

In fact, when debating the Fourteenth Amendment, Senator Samuel Pomeroy said, “Every man … should have the right to bear arms for the defense of himself and family and his homestead. And if the cabin door of the freedman is broken open and the intruder enters for purposes as vile as were known to slavery, then should a well-loaded musket be in the hand of the occupant to send the polluted wretch to another world, where his wretchedness will forever remain complete.”

one more thing i want to share (expert members must be already knowing ), that while putting rimmed cartridges in magazine (as of .315) rim of upper cartridge must lie in front of rim of lower cartridge, to prevent stuck-king of cartridge.
 - some guy named axe on

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
  - Thomas Jefferson

And it’s down along the Falls Road is where I long to be
Lying in the dark with a provo company
A comrade on me left and another one on me right
A clip of ammunition for me little Armalite
     from an Irish rebel song (lyrics)

I'm goin' home, gonna load my shotgun
Wait by the door and light a cigarette
If he wants a fight well now he's got one
And he ain't seen me crazy yet
He slap my face and he shook me like a rag doll
Don't that sound like a real man
I'm going to show him what a little girls made of
Gunpowder and lead
 - country music song by Miranda Lambert

"An Amateur is a shooter who practices the sport for the love and honour of sport.
He should neither gain nor profit from prize money."
 - International Shooting Union, 1929.

I'm sorry, but the 30-06 didn't fight it's way across Europe (twice!), the Pacific, and Korea.... delivering sweet victory in it's brassy hands, mighty in it's .30-caliber goodness, perfect in form and function, a veritable pinnacle of cartridge design and a bastion, a VESSAL as it were, of all that is good, free, and proper...

... simply to return home and get... get... necked down to .277, for God's sake! sick

A great evil has been done. It can only be undone by casting the .270 into the hellfire from whence it came.

             - some guy named Jeff O with over 18000 posts on

i have a great deal of respect for any man who wears a .45 caliber tie clip
 - talk-show host interviewing Sheriff Joe

"The love of hunting is stronger in Englishmen than in any other nation in the world, our cousins in American perhaps excepted."
 - James Outram from Colonel Pollock 1896

"Fine Carbon Steel is the single most versatile material known to man. It is immensely strong, yet it can be polished and engraved; it can be hardened and tempered; it can be painstakingly shaped to flawless fit by a man with a file, and made slick as butter on glass. Both the 98 [mauser] and 1911 are made of steel throughout; combined with designs that lend themselves to modification, these guns put perfection within reach of a custom gunmaker."
   -   Terry Wieland

"Just imagine if you knew nothing of our world, and some over-evolved modern man tried to explain his consumption of meat and the leather he was wearing while damning hunters as murderers. It's complete lunacy. It's ignorance so profound that I can't even begin to understand the thought process."
 - Joe Rogan

"Damn, damn, damn the Filipinos!
Cut throat khaki ladrones!
Underneath the starry flag,
Civilize them with a Krag,
And return us to our beloved home."
 - from a song sung by soldiers in (or just after) the Spanish-American war.

"Recoil is insignificant when there is a tiger on the head of your elephant"
 - The Maharaja of Cooch Behar

Bolts are for benches,
Autos are for trenches,
Levers are for cowboys,
Pumps are for plowboys.
A sportsman shoots a single!
 - hogeye on 24hourcampfire

"why in the world would you carry a single shot for hunting?" The simple reply: "if you have to ask the question, you wouldn't understand the answer."
 - someone named AZ_Southpaw on

Come on in boy sit on down - And tell me about yourself
So you like my daughter do you now? - Yeah we think she's something else
She's her daddy's girl - Her momma's world
She deserves respect - That’s what she'll get
Ain’t it son?
Hey y'all run along and have some fun
I'll see you when you get back - Bet I’ll be up all night
Still cleanin' this gun
   -   -   Country music song by Rodney Atkins

Sometimes only the gun can stand between good and evil
 - Peter van Uhm

The rifle is a noble weapon... It entices its bearer into primeval forests, into mountains and deserts untenanted by man. - Horace Kephart

Nah, you ain’t gotta be born out in the sticks
With an F-150 and a 30-06
- country song by Blake Shelton

les .257 sont presque aussi bons que le sexe

NRA high power (service rifle) is like NASCAR. Smallbore, match rifle class high power and air rifle are like Formula 1
 - some guy named Couch-Commando on ARFCOM

from the poem Weidmannsheil, by the forester, hunter, and ornithologist Oskar von Riesenthal (1830–1898).

    Das ist des Jägers Ehrenschild,
    daß er beschützt und hegt sein Wild,
    weidmännisch jagt, wie sich’s gehört,
    den Schöpfer im Geschöpfe ehrt.

 the translation is:

    It is the hunter’s honour that he
    Protects and preserves his game,
    Hunts sportsmanlike, honours the
    Creator in His creatures.

A loose translation which preserves the rhyme and meter is:

    This is the hunter’s badge of glory,
    That he protect and tend his quarry,
    Hunt with honour, as is due,
    And through the beast to God is true.

Das ist des Jägers Ehrenschild,
Daß er beschützt und hegt sein Wild,
Waidmännisch jagt, wie sich’s gehört,
Den Schöpfer im Geschöpfe ehrt!

Das Kriegsgeschoß der Haß regiert, -
Die Lieb’ zum Wild den Stutzen führt:
Drum denk’ bei Deinem täglich Brot
Ob auch Dein Wild nicht leidet Noth?

Behüt’s vor Mensch und Thier zumal!
Verkürze ihm die Todesqual!
Sei außen rauh, doch innen mild, -
Dann bleibet blank Dein Ehrenschild!

"...I was entranced the first time I looked down a gun-sight with a finger on a trigger. It seemed to me the most private, the most intense moment of conversation with oneself, so to speak, with that split-second of right decision coming and going all the time, almost answering the movements of one's mind. It wasn't at all what I was expecting. I feel that the religious excitement that is supposed to come to people who meditate on the flame of a single candle in an otherwise dark room was no greater than the pleasure I felt when I looked down a gun-sight and became very close to my own mind and consciousness. In a second the scale of things could alter and I could be lost in something like a private universe."

From Half a Life, 2001.  - by V.S. Naipaul

"This is my rifle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me."

The .303 is a most deadly weapon and I am more than satisfied with it - Selous, 1895
I should consider no battery, for use in India or Africa, complete which did not include a double .303 - Russell, 1900
The battery should consist of a .450 express, a .303, and a 12-bore shot gun - Patterson, 1907

A man may have slain his hundreds of tigers, he may have killed a hecatomb of big game in Africa and elsewhere, but if he has not followed the mighty boar, he has not tasted the delights of the most fascinating and invigorating sport in the world.
 - Colonel Pollock 1896

"Only a pimp in a New Orleans whorehouse or a tin-horn gambler would carry a pearl-handled pistol."
  -  -   G. Patton

"Wretched excess is not enough!"

When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had any firearms with me. I said, "Well, what do you need?"
Steven Wright

"We thank that mighty animal for living a good life and now sustaining a nice family."
 - reportedly Nugent via Palin

"When you are abroad and can own several rifles without feeling 'suspect' as we feel at home, you will, sooner or later, begin acquiring rifles as some men do polo ponies and, the less lucky, golf clubs."
          - -  H. C. Maydon (for whom England was "home")

"I believe in - the Universe. It is worthy of reverence. Nature is my god. Mountains, valleys, and forests are my cathedrals. The animals and trees of the wild are my temples. Hunting is my sacrament."

“Hunting is not simple. It is the generator of our human condition, the crucible of intellect, and the fire of creativity. It is our mirror of the world, the image maker of wild creation; it has defined how we see, literally and figuratively. It is the only absolute rediscovery mechanism available to human beings; the mind-body fusion of all meditative, spiritual experience is derived from its pasturage."
 - Shane Mahoney

"I confess with no little shame that I enjoyed that hour with Khader, learning how to use and clean the stechkin automatic pistol, more than the hundreds of hours I'd spent with him learning his philosophy."
 - from the book Shantaram.

it is widely thought that hunting has “scientific” value in that it promotes conservation, “historical” value in that it provides a link to past times when hunting played a critical role in daily life, and “educational” value in that it furthers the understanding and appreciation of nature and our country’s past and instills valuable character traits. And if hunting itself is widely thought to serve these values, then it takes but a small additional step to conclude that depictions of hunting make a non-trivial contribution to the exchange of ideas....Hunting enhances the environment and brings joy to those who use the outdoors and should therefore be encouraged.
- Justice Alito in U.S. v. Stevens, April 20, 2010; U.S. Supreme Court.

Alone far in the wilds and mountains I hunt,
Wandering amazed at my own lightness and glee,
In the late afternoon choosing a safe spot to pass the night,
Kindling a fire and broiling the fresh-kill'd game,
Falling asleep on the gather'd leaves with my dog and gun by
my side.
- Walt Whitman, Song of Myself.

That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence, suitable
to their condition, and as allowed by law.
 - English Bill of Rights - 16-Dec-1689

"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence. From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference -- they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
- attributed to George Washington but reportedly is fake

some that popped up in a thread on AZS:

"When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk"-Tuco

"Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill 'em right back!"-Malcom Reynolds

- "You can have my gun when I shove it up your cold, dead a__." (Blake Ashley, Tucson attorney)

'Guns don't kill people. Fathers with daughters kill people." - John E. Smith

"An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it. "

No law ever written has stopped any robber, rapist or killer, like cold blue steel in the hands of their last intended victim.
- W. Emerson Wright

"So I'll say it again, though I sound like a fool: Your Will is the weapon. Your gun is a tool."

The kilt had concealed a blaster strapped to one thigh and a knife to the other. He was aware of the present gentle customs against personal weapons. Such customs were nonsense anyhow, foolishment from old women - there was no such thing as "dangerous weapons," only dangerous people.
- R. Heinlein

"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity"
-Sigmund Freud

"Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game."
- Andy Rooney

"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".
-Thomas Jefferson

"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."
–The Dalai Lama

A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman Philosopher

"That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there."
-George Orwell

It's better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.
Augustus McCrae, Lonesome Dove

"All battles are fought by scared men who'd rather be some place else."
In Harm's Way

"Out here, due process is a bullet."
The Green Berets

"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them."
The Shootist

The Duke

”The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military. The hired servants of our rulers. Only the government-and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.”
~Edward Abbey
”Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.”
”I am thus far a Quaker, that I would gladly argue with all the world to lay aside the use of arms and settle matters by negotiation, but unless the whole will, the matter ends, and I take up my musket and thank Heaven He has put it in my power.”
~Thomas Paine
”Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don’t have a gun, freedom of speech has no power.”
~Yoshimi Ishikawa
"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That’s ridiculous. If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid about?”
~Clint Smith

"I've shot almost every discipline in the shooting fraternity and I can assure you, there is none as exciting as Conventional High Power"
 - Dick Jones in a Camp Perry article in Shooting Sports News 7-Aug-13

Every Man Should have a Rifle
by Henry Lawson, 1907

So I sit and write and ponder, while the house is deaf and dumb,
Seeing visions "over yonder" of the war I know must come.
In the corner - not a vision - but a sign for coming days
Stand a box of ammunition and a rifle in green baize.
And in this, the living present, let the word go through the land,
Every tradesman, clerk and peasant should have these two things at hand.

No - no ranting song is needed, and no meeting, flag or fuss -
In the future, still unheeded, shall the spirit come to us!
Without feathers, drum or riot on the day that is to be,
We shall march down, very quiet, to our stations by the sea.
While the bitter parties stifle every voice that warns of war,
Every man should own a rifle and have cartridges in store!

“There’s a special place in hell for anyone who puts a scope on a lever gun.”
 - Ashley Emerson, (originator of the Ashley Express Sight) at

"Wars start not because of weapons but from the base instincts of either fear, greed, revenge, national pride, or, ... religious fervor. "
 - from a news editorial 31-Jul-2014

You can see what man made from the seat of an automobile, but the best way to see what God made is from the back of a horse.
 - Charles M. Russell (1864-1926)

"Omnes moritatem. Deus suos cognoscet."
    - Policy at the Siege of Beziers

更 快,更高, 更强
Citius, Altius, Fortius


    (can't win'em all)

“只有不悲不喜的人,才能经得 起大喜大 悲;也只有无所谓得失不等待回音的人,才能攀上人生的巅峰。

 陶璐娜Gold Medalist, AP40, Silver Medalist WSP,  2000 Olympics, Sydney

Ando gav bi juklesko, jal o pavori bi destesko
 - Romani saying

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
  --  Theodore Roosevelt

"هذه قبلة الوداع من الشعب العراقي ايها الكلب"

"وهذه من الارامل والايتام والاشخاص الذين قتلتهم في العراق".

                                      منتظر الزيدي   -

Le Pantalon Rouge c'est la France!
   - M. Etienne - ~1912

hommage de
      la nation
Hommage de la Nation
Pierre Francon mort pour la France
Le 21 Decembre 1914

Foreigners who have become the sons of France, not by the blood they inherited, but by the blood they gave.
 - said of the French Foreign Legion

"...with liberty and justice for all." (*Must be 18. Void where prohibited. Some restrictions may apply. Not available in all states.)

"A country that makes a film like 'Star Wars' deserves to rule the world."
    — Philip Adams, former chairman of the Australian Film Commission

"[regarding]... female Marines ...there is one out here who is pulling more than her weight and is doing things no one else could do. She is an educated Syrian-born Lance Corporal, an absolutely delightful and fascinating person. Because of her particular abilities, she can go with units on a variety of missions and help calm a situation by speaking to the women and children, which is something no male Marine can do effectively. She has also done yeoman's work as a translator for the interrogators. All of that is even more impressive when you hear what career she walked away from to enlist in the Marine Corps: she was a practicing physician. I wouldn't have believed it unless I saw it myself."
       - report of a correspondent of Jeff Cooper in Nov 04 -

Its not Liberty who's supposed to be blindfolded, that's the other chick, and neither of them should be bound and gagged.
    - quote on a friend's website

"Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those who did not return."
 - Colin Powell (reported by Jeff Cooper)

"I think it has to do with an emphasis on education."
 -  Alagaiya Veeramani (context removed, this quote can be applied to almost any situation)

"If tomorrow, Germany beats us at our national passtime, at least we can
 have the satisfaction of beating them at theirs twice this century."
   -   Spoken by some British person on the eve of a soccer game a few years back - on a wall in a museum

"We probably wouldn't be speaking the Navajo language - or even the English language - if it wasn't for the code-talkers."
       - some old Navajo code talker on a TV interview
If you can read this, thank a teacher...
If you are reading this in English, thank a soldier

    - bumper sticker

وَالسَّارِقُ وَالسَّارِقَةُ فَاقْطَعُواْ أَيْدِيَهُمَا جَزَاء بِمَا كَسَبَا نَكَالاً مِّنَ اللّهِ وَاللّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ   

"Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think, and act for myself – and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty."

Chief Joseph

"French Soldiers, we do not accept your surrender, if you are Vichy, fight us, if you are Frenchmen join us!"
        - -  Line from the movie "The Big Red One"

All that is necessary for the forces of evil to prevail in the world is for enough good men to do nothing..” 

  Edmund Burke, British statesman 1729-1797


The Wright Brothers didn’t build the first airplane with a set of Ikea instructions

legendum est omnis scientiae fundamentum

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