Notable Quotes

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

“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 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.

“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.- 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

“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