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Voting is free...but not voting can be very costly.

The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect.

Mob rule isn't any prettier merely because the mob calls itself a government.

Democracy is like three wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch.

Democracy is like two wolves and ninety-eight sheep voting on what to have for dinner. The good news is that there are three or four choices on the menu. The bad news is that each dish includes mutton, although alternative methods of cooking may be employed. [The wolves' strategy involves writing the menu, bribing a minority of sheep for their support, making fraudulent claims, and relying on sheep acting like sheep...]

attributed to Steve Withrow
Democracy is the form of government where everyone gets what the majority deserves.

Federal aid is just like a man getting a blood transfusion by taking the blood out of his right arm, putting it in his left arm, and spilling about half of it on the way over.

attributed to Syndey Herlong Jr.
Silence is the language of complicity.

War makes thieves, and peace hangs them.

A thousand probabilities don't make one fact.

Italian proverb



Once the game is done, both the king and the pawn go back into the same box.

Italian proverb
With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.

Russian proverb
Democracy is an institution in which the whole is equal to the scum of its parts.

You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts.

The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.

Hard work has future payoff. Laziness pays off now.

God is dead but fifty-thousand social workers have risen to take His place.

Injustice will not be destroyed until those who are not affected by it are just as outraged as those who are.

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple. No one can count the apples in a seed.

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

attributed to Robert Byrne



Even the lion has to defend itself against flies.

African proverb
It takes a whole village to raise a child.

African proverb, interpreted by Hillary Clinton to mean that meddling governments need to be involved
He who tells the truth needs one foot in the stirrup.

Armenian proverb
One does evil enough when one does nothing good.

German proverb
God works good, and always by degrees. The devil, on the other hand, is bent on mischief, and always in a hurry

proverb
Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.

attributed to Agnes Allen
Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.

French proverb
Fascism doesn't start with concentration camps... that's where it ends.

attributed to Jon Bishop
Think. It ain't illegal yet.

attributed to George Clinton
A liberal is someone too poor to be a capitalist and too rich to be a communist.




It is better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a sheep.

Italian proverb
It is a poor parent who tries to child proof the world, instead of world proofing the child.

The unlived life is not worth examining.

Socialism is communism without the firing squad.

seen on a bumper sticker
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

Knowledge is not what you can remember, but what you cannot forget.

Conclusions come about when one gets tired of thinking.

It's not good for all of our wishes to be fulfilled. Through sickness, we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.

Let a pig and a boy have everything they want, and you’ll get a good pig and a bad boy.

attributed to J.H. Smith
Creative thinking is no substitute for hard work.




Talk doesn't cook rice.

Chinese proverb
Liberals want things to be fool-proof, but what most liberals seem not to understand is that a fool-proof society tends to create fools.

He who hates, hates himself.

Zulu proverb
Human nature is not decided by majority vote.

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.

attributed to Edgar J. Mohn
All children can learn, most at high levels. The work of schools is to foster high levels of achievement for all students. ... [School board] Systems must foster a culture of improvement. Schools cannot be successful on their own. Effective schools do not act in isolation. Their work is grounded in a system which establishes a culture of improvement and a plan for improving student achievement. Otherwise, as people come and go, approaches, philosophies, and activities change and little or nothing is sustained. The creation of the conditions for successful improvement planning often require major system change.

1999 - from the annual Provincial Report on Achievement of the Education Quality and Accountability Office of the Ontario government
Never swap horses crossing a stream.

American proverb
Everything is under federal control nowadays except the federal budget.

The politician was campaigning through the South and stopped at one cabin. 'My, you have a fine family - eighteen boys!' he told the man in the cabin. 'All good Democrats I suppose?' 'Well,' the man said, 'I tried to bring 'em up right, and they're all good Christians, and all but Sam is Democrats - that ornery cuss, he got to readin'.'

1973 - from Ozark Mountain Humour, edited by W.K. McNeil
Conservatives are afraid the people won't understand; Liberals are afraid the people will understand.




A socialist is merely a thief who's got the government to go along with him.

attributed to Darwin Branch
A half truth is a whole lie.

Yiddish proverb
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength but by perseverance.

A welfare state is what happens when you let a government of the people and for the people BUY the people.

Some people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves.

attributed to Peter McArthur
A man should have a child, plant a tree and write a book.

Chinese proverb
Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.

German proverb
If Patrick Henry thought that taxation without representation was bad, he should see how bad it is with representation.

from The Farmer's Almanac
It's getting so that children have to be educated to realize that 'damn' and 'taxes' are two separate words.

In the November 5, 1996 presidential election, the United States citizenry voted 49% for Bill Clinton and 41% for Bob Dole. The day before, in an ABC News poll, Americans were asked if they believed President Clinton was trustworthy. Fifty percent said no, 39% said yes. They were asked in the same poll if they believed it was more important for the President to have good character or to care about them. Fifty percent said being cared about by their President was more important. Thirty-two percent said good character in their President was more important.

quoted by John Seitzler on HISCharacter.com



We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry.

attributed to John Webster
If we stop caring about our heroes, we stop caring about what they died for.

attributed to Ralph Harris
If you torture data long enough, it will tell you anything you want.

Don't use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice.

Our problems are mostly behind us. Now we have to fight the solutions.

The chief cause of problems is solutions.

We are all self-made, but only the rich will admit it.

A liberal is one who loves the world, but hates his neighbors.

Socialism is workable only in heaven where it isn't needed and in hell where they've got it.

attributed to Cecil Palmer
Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.




No cause is helpless if it is just. Errors, no matter how popular, carry the seeds of their own destruction.

attributed to John Scoville
Hold your nose, but vote.

attributed to Paula Dwyer
Wisdom does not live in only one house.

Ashanti proverb
You've got to hand it to the tax people. If you don't, they'll come and get it.

There is nothing wrong with a good political joke...until it gets elected.

We must live as we think, otherwise we shall end up by thinking as we live.

attributed to Paul Bourget in Le Demon de Midi
Every private citizen has a public responsibility.

attributed to Myra Daniels
There's only one thing that costs more than education today--the lack of it.

It's called take home pay because there's no other place you can afford to go with it.

Politicians say they're beefing up our economy. Most don't know beef from pork.

attributed to Harold Lowman



Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.

attributed to William White
Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they can understand.

attributed to Stanislaus Lec
It is our belief that if people are set free to express themselves to the fullest, their accomplishments will be far beyond their dreams, and they will not only contribute to the growth of the company, but will also be more useful citizens and contribute to the society at large.

attributed to Wilton Blount
A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man made perfect without trials.

Chinese proverb
Ask the experienced rather than the learned.

Arab proverb
The problem with the global village is all the global village idiots.

attributed to P. Ginsparg
Politicians are like electricity - they take the path of least resistance.

attributed to Leroy Meier
Communication - shared meaning and shared understanding - can happen only when defenses are dissolved by a consistent focus on strengths.

1990 - from a Dun and Bradstreet business training course
A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

If two people agree on everything, one of them isn't thinking.




What can't be cured, must be endured.

Proverb
If you're not getting any flak, you're not over the target.

[Canada] An amalgam of provinces and territories with independent governments united by mutual resentment.

If the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain.

proverb
One meets destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.

Ask not what the government can do for you. Ask what the government is doing to you.

attributed to David Friedman
The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.

Hungarian proverb
All progress stems from change but all change is not necessarily progress.

To beat the system, turn the handle the way it goes--only more so.

It ain't charity if you are using someone else's money.