Here are a few quotes from famous and knowledgeable people, we would do well to heed these words. More importantly our elected officials would do well to listen and act accordingly.
Leaders get things wrong when their paramount concern with the foreseen immediate consequences excludes the consideration of further or other consequences of their proposals – Robert K. Merton, Sociologist
The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money – Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of Great Britain
Nowadays if a man wants to get ahead, he has to be prepared – Father Knows Best, 1955
You’re rich when the money works for you. We still work for our money. – Carol Brady to Cindy
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. – B Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor (29 November 1766)
The noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it. – Laurence J Peter
The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him” (Ezekiel 18).
If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you. – Winnie the Pooh.
To be young and conservative is to be without a heart; to be old and liberal is to be without a brain. Unknown
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. – John F. Kennedy
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,’ ‘Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain
To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals. – Mark Twain’s Autobiography
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it – Upton Sinclair
Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle – Thomas Jefferson
A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues. – Theodore Roosevelt
If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.- Milton Friedman
Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It’s weird protesting on Bay Street. You get there at 9 a.m. and the rich bankers who you want to hurl insults at and change their worldview have been at work for two hours already. And then when it’s time for me to go home, the bankers are all still there. I guess that’s why they call them the one per cent. I mean, who wants to work those kinds of hours…. – Quote from Protester Occupying Bay Street of Toronto’s Stock Exchange
In youth the days are short and the years are long. In old age the years are short and days long. – Pope Paul VI
A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have…. – Gerald Ford
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right. – Henry Ford
… to afford to all an unfettered start and a fair chance in the race of life. – A. Lincoln 1861
I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.- Yogi Berra
Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better – Sen Barack Obama, March 2006
“There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality which excites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great; but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.” – Alexis de Tocqueville
Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“99% of failures come from people who make excuses.”
― George Washington
“We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.” – Friedrich August von Hayek.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas Edison