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Elbridge Gerry Quotes and Sayings

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What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent
the establishment of a standing army,
the bane of liberty.
Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people,
they always attempt to destroy the militia,
in order to raise an army upon their ruins.
- Elbridge Gerry

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

If a man does not make new acquaintances
as he advances through life,
he will soon find himself alone.
A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson

When true friends meet in adverse hour,
'Tis like a sunbeam through a shower.
A watery way an instant seen,
The darkly closing clouds between.
- Sir Walter Scott

 

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth.
It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and
civilized nations together.
- Daniel Webster

Sir, I am no sycophant or worshipper of power anywhere.
- Benjamin F. Wade

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The very idea of true patriotism is lost,
and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes.
A patriot, sir!
Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!
- Robert Walpole

That's part of American greatness, is discrimination.
Yes, sir.
Inequality, I think, breeds freedom and gives a man opportunity.
- Lester Maddox

Yes, sir, a patrol car came and took me down to a station
where they were trying to develop films,
but they hadn't got the facilities to develop colored film.
- Abraham Zapruder

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side;
my greatest concern is to be on God's side,
for God is always right.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

It's a real blessing for me to tell you,
sir, that calvary has arrived - Fox is here!
- Glenn Beck

But, sir, I shall take the path of duty and shall not swerve from it.
- Benjamin F. Wade

Sir, I wish to understand the true principles of the Government.
I wish them carried out.
I ask nothing more.
- William Henry Harrison

I think Col.
North is first a U.S.
citizen and he has the same rights as you yourself do,
sir.
- Fawn Hall

Yes, sir.
I'm a real Southern boy.
I got a red neck, white socks, and Blue Ribbon beer.
- Billy Carter

I phoned this number and said, Please,
sir, I want to be an actor.
- Charles Dance

Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world,
which is what I always wanted to do.
I'd really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton,
but it's the wrong century.
- Alan Dean Foster

When the American spirit was in its youth,
the language of America was different:
Liberty,
sir, was the primary object.
- Patrick Henry

I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people
except for a few public officials.
- George Mason

Sir Larry could be very strict and a disciplinarian,
too.
He had many faces; he wore many hats.
But, ultimately, he loved the theater and he loved actors.
- Derek Jacobi

I also found being called Sir rather silly.
- Harold Pinter

I was not up stairs when he came home;
no,
sir.
- Lizzie Andrew Borden

If you don't have my army supplied, and keep it supplied,
we'll eat your mules up, sir.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

Could we have entered into the mind of Sir Isaac Newton,
and have traced all the steps by which he produced his great works,
we might see nothing very extraordinary in the process.
- Joseph Priestley

Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.
- Luigi Pirandello

It makes me feel good that I can now sit there and go,
I've worked with Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino,
all the great actors that I've worked with...
Sir Ben Kingsley.
- Aaron Eckhart

Nobody's ever called me Sir Richard.
Occasionally in America, I hear people saying Sir Richard
and think there's some Shakespearean play taking place.
But nowhere else anyway.
- Richard Branson

To be President of the United States,
sir, is to act as advocate for a blind,
venomous, and ungrateful client.
- John Updike

I remember seeing the movie To Sir With Love when I was a little girl.
- Chaka Khan

The Conservatives over the years have done a great deal,
from Sir John A, to Diefenbaker, and others.
- Brian Mulroney

Issue the orders Sir, and I will storm Hell.
- Anthony Wayne

Sir, you have tasted two whole worms;
you have hissed all my mystery lectures and been caught
fighting a liar in the quad;
you will leave by the next town drain.
- W. A. Spooner

My dear sir, it haunted me for the rest of my life.
- Peter O'Toole

And, Mr. Speaker, if the Governor and Council don't
see fit to fall in with us,
I say let the general duty law, and all,
go to the devil, sir, and go about our business.
- Christopher Gadsden

I know not, sir, whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare,
but if he did not, it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.
- James M. Barrie

Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.
- George Farquhar

No, sir, I'm not saying that charming,
witty and warm copy won't sell.
I'm just saying I've seen thousands of charming,
witty campaigns that didn't sell.
- Rosser Reeves

Was I believer in Enron Corporation? Yes,
sir, I was.
- Jeffrey Skilling

My mom took me to see Goldfinger.
My mom took me to see To Sir, With Love.
- Chaka Khan

Winston Churchill was not entirely British.
His mother was American, making Sir Winston part Iroquois Indian.
- Rachel Blanchard

Faith, sir, we are here today, and gone tomorrow.
- Aphra Behn

Someone once accused me of being like Eliot Ness.
I sad no sir, I'm not E.N., but I can promise you that I'm not Al Capone!
- Robert Stack

The principles upon which a safety lamp might be constructed
I stated to several persons long before Sir Humphrey
Davy came into this part of the country.
- George Stephenson

Cheerfulness, sir, is the principle ingredient in the composition of health.
- Arthur Murphy

In England, it's now Sir Ben.
Mister has just disappeared.
It's not even on my passport anymore.
They've taken Mister away from me.
- Ben Kingsley

Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their
immediate representatives.
- Alexander Hamilton

That, sir, depends on whether I embrace your mistress or your politics.
- John Wilkes

Sir one more comment like that and I will strangle
you with my microphone wire!
- Adam Sandler

Oh, Mr Coward, sir - I could never have an affair with you,
because you remind me of my father!
- Kenneth More

Pray look better, Sir...
those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Sir Walter, with his 61 years of life,
although he never wrote a novel until he was over 40,
had, fortunately for the world, a longer working career
than most of his brethren.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

When you work with Sir Anthony there are days when
he will do a lot of takes if he's really enjoying a scene.
- Claire Forlani

I don't call you handsome, sir, though I love you most dearly:
far too dearly to flatter you.
Don't flatter me.
- Charlotte Bronte

Sir Rodin convinced my parents to have me committed;
they are all in Paris to arrange it.
- Camille Claudel

Sir, there is no Christian nation, thus free to choose as we are,
which would establish slavery.
- William H. Seward

I, sir, I just like to work.
I'm humble.
- Bruce McCulloch

Yes, sir, I was in the processing room watching them
actually process the film.
- Abraham Zapruder

My breakthrough as a reader was when I discovered the
European adventure story writers -
Alexander Dumas,
Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott,
to name a few.
- Terry Brooks

A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.
- George Borrow

My bravery however was the effect of assurance for
could I have believed the current report,
I should have fled as fast as any man,
no man can possibly have a greater reluctance to an
intimacy with Sir William Howe than my Self.
- Henry Laurens

If Sir John A. MacDonald or any other leader of that day were here now,
he would have a different program from that of sixty years ago.
He sought to give his people policies suited to the time in which he lived.
- John Bracken

I tell you, sir, the only safeguard of order and discipline
in the modern world is a standardized worker with interchangeable parts.
That would solve the entire problem of management.
- Jean Giraudoux

I had to think long and hard about what it would imply,
what it would mean.
Would it mean any alterations of one's lifestyle? Or,
more than that, the way that people regarded you? The
way they reacted to you if you had a Sir in front of your name?
- Derek Jacobi

But, sir, they have written me down upon the history
of the country as worthy of expulsion,
and in no unkindness I must tell them that for all
future time my self-respect requires that I shall pass them as strangers.
- Preston Brooks

Sir, allusion has been made, in an early stage of this debate,
to the history of the excitement which once pervaded
a considerable part of the country,
in reference to the transportation of the mails on the Lord's day.
- Caleb Cushing

Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level
of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living,
without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to
give a meaning and a value of his own to life.
- Luigi Pirandello

My part had three lines.
I said, 'You look wonderful, sir,' three times.
All my friends said, 'Do not take that role -
and do not understudy.
You'll regret it the rest of your life.'
I did both of those things,
and I've never regretted it once.
- Jeffrey Tambor

I had an awful first quarter but I picked it up.
To all you single guys out there, it's not how you start the date,
it's how you finish it sir.
A lot of people can, you know, start the date with flowers and candy,
but if you don't finish the date - you know what I mean?
- Shaquille O'Neal

I've had to deal with everything but everyone has helped me,
including Sir Alex Ferguson, to get through.
George Best was a good friend of mine.
We loved each other, we both knew where we were coming from.
- Paul Gascoigne


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