Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Quotes

Various quotes I've picked up over the years.  Not that I want to have yet-another-site-with-stupid-quotes/links, but I do like to have a spot to use as a way to stop losing track of things ...

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."
-- Upton Sinclair

"Reality is what continues to exist whether you believe in it or not."
-- Philip K. Dick

"Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property. Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another."
-- Lysander Spooner

"Politics is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex."
-- Frank Zappa

"If voting made a difference, they wouldn't let us do it."
-- Mark Twain

"A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings."
-- Ludwig von Mises

"Liberty means responsiblity.  That is why most men dread it."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"All public interest legislation (and any distribution of money taken by force from some men for the unearned benefit of others) comes down ultimately to the grant of an undefined undefinable, non-objective, arbitrary power to some government officials. The worst aspect of it is not that such a power can be used dishonestly, but that it cannot be used honestly. The wisest man in the world, with the purest integrity, cannot find a criterion for the just, equitable, rational application of an unjust, inequitable, irrational principle."
-- Ayn Rand

"Vices are those acts by which a man harms himself or his property.
"Crimes are those acts by which one man harms the person or property of another.
"Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property."
-- Lysander Spooner

“The art of taxation consists of so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the smallest amount of hissing.”
-- Jean-Baptist Colbert, a 17th century French minister of Finance

"An extremist just means that you disagree with both Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney.  That's all it means."
-- Tom Woods

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”
-- F. A. Hayek

"The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected."
 -- G. K. Chesterton

"If history could prove anything in regard to this question, it could only be that nowhere and at no time has there ever been a people which has raised itself without private property above a condition of the most oppressive penury and savagery scarcely distinguishable from animal existence."
 -- Ludwig von Mises

"The influence of bad ideas works differently from the influence of good ideas, for the simple reason that invalid ideas cannot be induced, bottom-up, from the facts of reality. They cannot be supported by an implicit base of valid ideas in the sciences and specialized fields. But because the advocates of bad philosophical ideas sense that they still need the support of such an implicit base, they attempt to propagate their ideas into the sciences from the top down."
 -- Robert Tracinski, TIA Daily, 11/2/2010, What Went Right? Part 6, "The War Between the Implicit and the Explicit"

"America is exceptional, but not inherently so. America is exceptional because we embraced freedom."
 -- Rand Paul, acceptence speech to his 2010 election to the US Senate

"Smokey the Bear’s rules for fire safety also apply to government: Keep it small, keep it in a confined area, and keep an eye on it."
 -- attributed to some high school libertarian newsletter from Minnesota.  Priceless.

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
 -- Thomas Jefferson

"May it be to the world, what I believe it will be—to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all—the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government."
 -- Thomas Jefferson, in reference to the Declaration of Independence

"THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER,” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God."
 -- Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, 1776 December 19

"You know we live in a hectic age when people don't even fall asleep in church anymore."
 -- Norman Vincent Peale (attributed)

"When statistics are not based on strictly accurate calculations, they mislead instead of guide. The mind easily lets itself be taken in by the false appearance of exactitude which statistics retain even in their mistakes, and confidently adopts errors clothed in the forms of mathematical truth."
 -- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, volume 1, part 2

"This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream — the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order — or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, “The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits."

"The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose."
 -- Ronald Reagan, The Speech

"Politics is good even when it is bad ... because the only alternative is force—and somebody gets hurt.

"Politics is not evil; politics is the human race's most magnificent achievement. ... Politics is just a name for the way we get things done without fighting."
 -- Podkayne's uncle (Robert Heinlein, Podkayne on Mars)

"There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved."
 -- Ludwig Von Mises

"Every decision we make is based on a risk/reward calculation. If we take away the consequences of risky behavior, we will see more of it. And if there’s a money-back guarantee for greedy and stupid decisions, we’re in real trouble, because there is only so much money in the bank but supplies of greed and stupidity are endless."
 -- Bill Whittle in NRO

"When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit."
 -- Ayn Rand

The next one below I don't even know if I agree with; isn't some large part of what is dealt to me a result of another's free will?

"Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will." 
-- Jawaharlal Nehru

"The threat to men of great dignity, privilege and pretense is not from the radicals they revile; it is from accepting their own myth."
 -- John Kenneth Galbraith

"The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. "
 -- H. L. Mencken

“Government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.”
 -- Colonel Davy Crockett, US House of Representatives, 1826-1829, 1833-1834

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."
 -- Thomas Jefferson

"Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense."
 -- Arnold Bennett

"To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself."
 -- Albert Einstein

"I believe that every human being is potentially capable within his 'limits' of fully 'realizing' his potentialities; that this, his being cheated and choked of it, is infinitely the ghastliest, commonest, and most inclusive of all the crimes of which the human world can assure itself."
 -- James Agee

"Never explain--your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway."
 -- Elbert Hubbard

"No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power."
 -- P.J. O'Rourke

"To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given the chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy. As everyone else, I love to dunk my crust in it. But alone, it is not a diet designed to keep body and soul together."
 -- Bette Davis

"The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting.  Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."
 -- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (emphasis mine)

"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
 -- Howard Thurman

"What does it mean to say that government might have a responsibility? Government can't have a responsibility any more than the business can. The only entities which can have responsibilities are people."
 -- Milton Friedman

"When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly."
 -- Edward Teller

"If there were no God, there would be no atheists."
 -- G K Chesterton

"The quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work."
 -- Ayn Rand 

"You can’t make a poor man rich by making a rich man poor."
 -- Abraham Lincoln



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