Quotes on Left Vs. Right, Right Vs. Wrong

“Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. If there is in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong, a love of truth and a veneration and virtue. These amiable passions, are the ‘latent spark.’  …  If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?

— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

“A wise man’s heart inclines him toward the right, but a fool’s heart toward the left. Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to every one that he is a fool.”

— Ecclesiastes 10:2-3  RSV

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

— Proverbs 1:7

“In Hebrew and in the Bible right and left are not directional, they are moral. And think about this for a second, according to ancient Jewish wisdom, right and left do not exist. It’s a meaningless human convention…

In chapter 13 of Genesis when Lot and Abraham separate and Abraham caries the moral structure of civilization, Abraham is the soul of monotheism, Abraham walks not with God, but ladies and gentlemen, before God. …Leadership means walking in front of God and knowing that He is behind you. Lot separates from Abraham and chooses to go and live in the city of Sodom. … Lot goes to live there, Isn’t it odd that he is described in the conversation with Abraham; he is described as going to the left. It should say he is going to the east. … Abraham says I’ll go right; you are going to go left.* In the Hebrew, text going left means departing from the moral foundations of civilization. Now you will understand ancient Jewish wisdom on the closing verse of the book of Jonah. Jonah was all very upset that God did not destroy the city of Nineveh. .. God said how I can destroy them; they are people who don’t know their right from their left. …Right and left always means good and evil, right and wrong, light and darkness, the moral structure of civilization Vs the structure barbarism and emptiness. So God says how can I destroy the city of Nineveh when they don’t know right from left or in other words, right from wrong.** People who don’t know their right from wrong how can you punish them. That is what it means. Up and down in scripture means exactly the same thing, up is always toward God, down is away.”

— Rabbi Daniel Lapin  (1950-   ) Orthodox rabbi, talk show host and author (WallBuilders Radio Dec 29&30-2009)

*“Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen; for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and saw that the Jordan valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zo’ar; this was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomor’rah. So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan valley, and Lot journeyed east; thus they separated from each other. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, while Lot dwelt among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD. The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see I will give to you and to your descendants for ever. I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your descendants also can be counted.”

— Genesis 13:8-17 RSV

**“And should not I pity Nin’eveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

— Jonah 4:11 RSV

“Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish.”

— John 21:4-6 RSV

“It is from the knowledge of right and wrong, good and evil that we are capable of moral government.”

— Ethan Allen (1738-1789)  Patriot, farmer, businessman, writer, leader of the Green Mountain Boys

“The Diety has also invested us with moral powers and faculties, by which we are enabled to discern the difference between right and wrong, truth and falsehood, good and evil: hence the approbation of mind that arises upon doing a good action, and the remorse of conscience which we experience when we counteract the moral sense and do that which is evil. This proves that, in what is commonly called a state of nature, we are the subjects of the divine law and government; that the Diety is our supreme magistrate, who has written his law in our hearts, and will reward or punish us according as we obey or disobey his commands. Had the human race uniformly persevered in a state of moral rectitude, there would have been little or no need of any other law besides that which is written in the heart,- for every one in such a state would be a law unto himself.”

— Samuel West (1730-1807) Minister in The First Great Spiritual Awakening

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.”

— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States

“There is also in human nature, a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration for virtue. … If the people are capable of understanding feeling and feeling the difference between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply, than to the sense of this difference.”

— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

“Divine Providence exalts or depresses states and kingdoms. Not by the blind dictates of arbitrary will.  Not by a tyrannous and despotic mandate. But in proportion to their obedience or disobedience of his just and holy laws. It is he who commands us that we abstain from wrong.”

Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816) Statesman, Diplomat, writer of the final draft of the Constitution

“The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.”— Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of the U. S.

“I look upon it [the institution of slavery] as a great evil … It is the eternal struggle between these two principles—right and wrong—throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time.”

— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States (Lincoln-Douglas debates-Alton October 15, 1858)

“You have seen the most gracious speech—Most gracious! How strangely will the tools of a tyrant pervert the plain meaning of words! It discovers, to be sure, the most benevolent & humane feelings of its author. I have heard that he is his own minister —that he follows the dictates of his own heart. If so, why should we cast the odium of distressing mankind upon his minions & flatterers only. Guilt must lie at his door. Divine vengeance will fall on his head; for all-gracious Heaven cannot be an indifferent spectator of the virtuous struggles of this people.”

— Samuel Adams (1722–1803) Father of the American Revolution, Patriot and Statesman

“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.”

— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

“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. So we have come to a time for choosing.”

— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

“Beware the temptation to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.”

— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

“Liberals [left] claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”

— William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008) Author, commentator, and founder of National Review

“Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.”

— Thomas Sowell (1930–     )  Economist, Political Philosopher, and Author

“If God does not exist, then everything is permitted (allowed).”

— Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) Russian Novelist & Journalist

“Conservatives were brought up to hate deficits, and justifiably so. We’ve long thought there are two things in Washington that are unbalanced — the budget and the liberals.”

— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

“From my numerous observations, our Liberals are never capable of letting anyone else have a conviction of his own without at once meeting their opponent with abuse or even something worse.”

— Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) Novelist & Journalist

“Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder.”

— Michael Savage (Michael Alan Weiner) (1942 – ) Radio Host, Author and Political Commentator

“Liberty is a religious value. It’s a Biblical value. … In the Bible one of the most important things is to rescue a person when they are in danger. It’s called self-defense.  If you see someone who is in danger, their life is in danger,  we have to help rescue them. Liberty is essential to life. Without liberty we don’t have a life of dignity and we never reach what it means to be created in the image of God.

Liberalism is an assault on our liberty. And so under the context of self-defense, it is a religipus mandate, self-defense to defend those people who are in harm. When liberty is in danger as it is from the left we have religious obligation to defend liberty. … “Proclaim Liberty Throughout all the Land”  it say says in Deuteronomy, “unto all the inhabitants thereof.” God wants us to be people with libery, not robots. … it’s a religious mandate. …

When the government takes care of everybody, it deprives most people of their liberty. It also removes individual responsibility from the person, which is very important. Because we grow through individual responsibility, we mature, we become strong. That is what God wants us to be.”   

— Rabbi Aryeh Spero – Theologian, Author, and Commentator (Interview on Wallbuilders Radio Show 11-5-2013)

“When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. Do not expect them to stay moral and lose their lives for the purpose of becoming the fodder of the immoral. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. Do not ask, ‘Who is destroying the world?’ You are.”

— Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian born American Novelist and Philosopher (Alice Rosenbaum)

“Political language … is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

— George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903-1950) The British novelist & essayist

“One of the major differences between the right and the left concerns the question of authority: To whom do we owe obedience and who is the ultimate moral authority? For the right, the primary moral authority is God (or, for secular conservatives, Judeo-Christian values), followed by parents. Of course, government must also play a role, but it is ultimately accountable to God and it should do nothing to undermine parental authority. For the left, the state and its government are the supreme authorities, while parental and divine authority are seen as impediments to state authority. … In a nutshell, the left wants to have ever-expanding authority over people’s lives through ever-expanding governmental powers. It does so because it regards itself as more enlightened than others. Others are either enemies (the right) or unenlightened masses. It is elected by demonizing its enemies and doling out money and jobs to the masses.”

— Dennis  Prager (1948- ) Author, columnist & host of a nationally syndicated radio show

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968)  African-American Civil Rights leader

“Upon two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws.”

— Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) English jurist & author of Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England

“Providence —The will of God acting together with human will. But he respects our will absolutely. He does not force. Love never forces. It only invites. … There is a war between good and—”

— Michael D. O’Brien (1948– ), Roman Catholic author from the book The Father’s Tale, p738.

“There is always an easy solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.”

— Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist editor & satirist

“Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.”

— Proverbs 28:5

“There are six things which the LORD hates, seven which are an abomination to him:  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and a man who sows discord among brothers.”

— Proverbs 6:16-18

“Liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide.”

— James Burnham (1905–1987) Leader in the American Communist movement, turned conservative.

“Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.”

— Thomas Sowell (1930)  Economist, Political Philosopher, and Author

“For the final goal of world-revolution is not socialism or even Communism, it is not a change in the existing economic system, it is not the destruction of civilization in a material sense: the revolution desired by the leaders is a moral and spiritual revolution, an anarchy of ideas by which all standards set up throughout nineteen centuries shall be reversed, all honored traditions trampled under foot, and, above all, the Christian ideal finally obliterated.”

— Nesta Helen Webster (1876–1960) British Historian and Author writing on the Occult and Secret Societies (Book Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, 1924)

“Secular humanism and Christianity are on a collision course. Any system that teaches anything contrary to moral relativism — such as the Christian doctrine of absolute truth and biblical moral standards — is a threat to the entire humanistic position. And on order for humanism to bring about its desired goals, man must be stripped of his belief in God and moral absolutes. Humanism cannot prevail as long as man believes in God.

The strand of humanism runs through the fabric of many social and political movements bent on establishing a new world order. The most notable of these on the world stage today are Communism and Socialism. Their basic beliefs contain the same enmity toward God and moral absolutes as reflected in humanism.”

— Marlin Maddoux (1933–2004) Christian Show Host of Point of View, Founder of the USA Radio Network, National Center for Freedom & Renewal and Alliance Defense Fund co-founder, Author and Journalist. (Book America betrayed page 33-34)

“Right and wrong cease to exist the moment God is removed from the equation. …If God does not exist, then Adolph Hitler did not do anything morally wrong. …If God does not exist, I am not obligated to act in a moral fashion. Not only are those words true, they are absolutely horrifying when viewed through the eyes of history.”

— Brad Bright – Author and Public Speaker on God and the Bible (book God is the issue, pg 134

“Welcome to a culture where right and wrong have taken such a beating they’re no longer recognizable. If you think this debasement of our culture can never really affect you, think again. Today’s moral relativism and selfish agendas are moving through the whole body of society like a cancer, putting all of us at risk.”

— Tammy Bruce – Radio Talk Show Host, Author (Book The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left’s Assault on Our Culture, pg 11)

“If there is a God, there is a map. If God has a map, his map is the true map.

The civilization you sit in … is now obvious in crisis, perhaps death pangs, twisting grotesquely like a dying animal, swirling down the garbage drain—this civilization was founded on God’s road map.

The most striking feature if this map is the stark fat of the Two Roads. There is the road that leads to Life, and there is the road that leads to Death. There is Good, and there is Evil. There is Right and there is Wrong.”

— Peter Kreeft (1937) Professor, and Christian Author (book Back to Virtue, pg 11.)

“God hides in history. – Some of you are fond of history. When you come to know more and yet more about it, and can go back over long periods, you will see how one nation goes up and another goes down, and how the laws of right and wrong are simply thundered out of all through it. No nation can go on acting tyrannically, unjustly and sinfully, and not be punished for it. God is behind everything. He hides, but He is there, and the reward or punishment will surely come.”

— James Hastings – The Book Of Isaiah (Children’s Great Bible Texts)

“The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation. Someone failed miserably to bring him to know God, love Him and serve Him.

— J. Edgar Hoover – (1895–1972) First Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

“Progressivism leads inevitably to utter irrationality and eventually political, as well as moral chaos.”

— Robert V. Young, Jr. (1947-) Professor, Author, and Editor of the quarterly Modern Age

The first liberal was named Lucifer. He was an angel. He lived in Heaven millennia ago, before modern times, before ancient times, before time itself. He could still be there today if that’s what he’d chosen, but in his absurd and insatiable pride he would not bend his knee to the supreme will of God.

    Non serviam. “I will not serve,” he said, wanting to love only himself.

Just like that, he and those who followed him were cast out of Paradise, down into the hideous depths of Hell, where he could reign over his pitiful kingdom of darkness. It was there, in the fires of damnation, that the philosophy of liberalism was born, although it wouldn’t be known by that name for many years. I’m telling a somewhat abbreviated version of the story, I realize.

It was this philosophy that led to the Fall of Man, when Adam and Eve succumbed to the temptations of the serpent and attempted to make themselves equal to God.

It was the philosophy behind every act of human evil throughout history, at the bottom of every atrocity. It’s the philosophy you would have found incubating in Sodom and Gomorrah amid the orgy of heathens, or in the Temple of Baal, where the pagans made human sacrifices as part of their barbaric fertility rituals and to ensure for themselves wealth and prosperity.

This philosophy has propelled all the great villains throughout history. It is the philosophy of Judas, of Nero, of Genghis Khan, of Adolf Hitler, of Hillary Clinton. The specifics of what these people all believed, and how they framed it around the political circumstances of the day, isn’t terribly relevant, for they desired the same thing and worshiped the same god: the self.

What we call “liberalism” in public discourse today is really just the worship of self. It is the categorical belief in the supremacy of the individual…Of course, we all lapse into selfishness at times — I often provide proof of that — but those who affirm the ultimate primacy of the self all share the same ideology. Their worship might manifest itself in different ways, but they’re all cut from the same cloth woven by the Devil himself eons ago.

– Matt Walsh – Columnist, Podcast Host, and Blogger on Geopolitics and Truth

“In the devil’s theology, the important thing is to be absolutely right and to prove that everybody else is absolutely wrong.”

— Thomas Merton (1915-1968) Trappist Monk, Author, Theologian, Mystic, Social Activist, and Scholar of Comparative Religion

“When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;

— Matthew 25:31-34 RSV

“The battle lines are drawn. You are either for God or against Him. You are either for good or for evil. Across the board—on every issue.”

— Janet L. Folger – (1962-  ) Founder and President of Faith2Action and Author, book The Criminalization of Christanity, pg45.