Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Humorous and illuminating quotes

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. --Voltaire
A politician is someone who will lay down your life for his country.
Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone. --Frederic Bastiat
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to takeaway everything you have. --President Gerald Ford
Useless laws weaken the necessary ones
Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them. --Lily Tomlin
Bureaucrats do not change the course of the ship of state. They merely adjust the compass.
If presidents don't do it to their wives, they do it to their country.
Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings, they did it by killing all those who opposed them.
Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.
The decision doesn't have to be logical, it was unanimous.
We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans. -- President Bill Clinton
In the past we have tried too hard to prevent the making of mistakes. --Dan Quale
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers. --Thomas Pynchon
In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments--there are consequences.
No matter who you vote for, the government still gets elected.
Be Patriotic- Question Authority.
No one is free when others are oppressed.
I love my country, but fear my government.
The government is best which governs least --Thomas Jefferson
Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism the reverse is true. -John Kenneth Galbraith
Democracy's the worst form of government except for all the others. -Winston Churchill
The difference between a politician and a snail is that a snail leaves its slime behind.
Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. --Herbert Hoover
Giving money and power to governments is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. --P.J. O'Rourke
The very powerful and very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views... which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.
I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it. --Ashleigh Brilliant
Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security, will have, nor do they deserve either one.
Without order, nothing can exist; without chaos, nothing can evolve.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. --John F. Kennedy
Conquest is easy, Control is not. --James T. Kirk
Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. --John G. Riefenbaker
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficent warrant. --John Stuart Mill
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. --John F. Kennedy
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying all the wrong remedies. --Groucho Marx
Mankind has corrupted every institution into which it has entered.
The Church and the Government are two prime examples
--J. Mike Reed Jr.
Government logic-- Why get one when you can get two for twice the money?
God giveth, and the government taketh away.
When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates,
there can be no liberty. –Montesquieu
Vote Republican: It's easier than thinking...
War is politics carried out by guns and bullets. –Clausewitz
Democracy can survive anything but democrats
Many that live deserve death. And some that die, deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the wise cannot see all ends.
--Gandalf the Grey, J.R.R. Tolkien
In America anyone can become President. That's just one of the risks you take. --Adlai Stevenson


Active Partner said...

Do not just tell me which books you have read or what people you have heard speaking. Rather, live so that all the past of man is exhibited right where you walk.

Maishinski said...

Nice blog! Lets see more ideas on poverty eradication in Kenya.

Challenge: Suppose you were in a reality show where, as an economics guru, you were to take 10 poor people and mentor them out of poverty - with only KNOWLEDGE as your input.. what would you do?

Johnson said...

Active Partner-
Allow me to quote Marcus Tullius Cicero whom I cannot out do when he said, "The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct." The logic being, we need not learn through ordeal, we can also learn through reasoning... the sole purpose of philosophy.

Maishinski- There is no map to prosperity, only principles. it is not really about what you do, rather, how you do it. That's why you have Italian millionaires from seemingly useless activities such as painting and making shoes. Prosperity is a function of two things... hard work and savings. Of course it helps to keep in mind that society only rewards those it needs the most so you have got to keep that in mind.