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Richard J. Needham

Journalist, editorial page columnist with the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper, winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour (1967)


We are creating the kind of society where the criminal is out of jail before his victim is out of hospital.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
People who don't have faith in human nature are forever cleaning up the mess made by people who do.

from The Wit and Wisdom of Richard Needham
Higher education - ah yes, that is what teaches you to cinch the argument by calling your opponent a fascist.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
The ghastly thing about postal strikes is that after they are over, the service returns to normal.

1977
A liberal is a man who's more shocked by alleged brutality on the part of police than by real brutality on the part of criminals.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
In a dictatorship, the people are afraid to tell the truth to the leaders; in a democracy, the leaders are afraid to tell the truth to the people.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
In the unplanned economy, it's dog eat dog; in the planned one, both of them starve to death.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo