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Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.

Arab proverb
SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes one of them and gives it to your neighbor. COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives you part of the milk. CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk. SOCIALISM...

A man of character does not pick and chose when he applies his principles. He applies them in every situation.

Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Everyone must row with the oars he has.

English proverb
It is honourable to be accused by those who deserve to be accused.

Latin proverb
The drowning man is not troubled by rain.

Persian proverb
To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.

Chinese proverb

When losing, say little; when winning, say less.

Election campaign mantra of the perennially-winning Liberal Party of Canada, quoted in "Debunking the Cult of Warren" by Paul Wells, published in the National Post
There is nothing wrong with having nothing to say - unless you insist on saying it.

When policy fails try thinking.

Pro is to con as progress is to Congress.

Always remember you are unique. Just like everyone else.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground.

The best thing parents can spend on their children is time, not money.

It is more prudent to choose what one says than to say what one chooses.

Great opportunities come to those who make the most of small ones.

For a trivial goal, any hardship is great; for a great goal, any hardship is trivial.

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.

African proverb
When a nation's government becomes more fearful of its citizens' rights than protective of them, that nation's future is only despotism and extinction.

What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.

Jewish proverb
Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.

The tree casts its shade upon all, even upon the woodcutter.

Hindustani proverb
Different fields, different grasshoppers; different seas, different fish.

Indonesian proverb
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.

Kenyan proverb
Above everything, we are Canadian.

inscription on a statue of Sir George Etienne Cartier on Canada's Parliament Hill
There are four things every person has more of than they know: sins, debt, years, and foes.

Persian proverb

Without a vision, the people perish.

Proverbs 29:18
Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.

Chinese proverb
The trouble with the laws these days is that criminals know their rights better than their wrongs.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

attributed to Ambrose Redmoon
Some people are like blisters; they never show up till the work is almost done.

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.

African proverb
A dog that barks all the time gets little attention.

Argentinian proverb
Clouds that thunder do not always rain.

Armenian proverb
If you shoot your arrows at stones, you will damage them.

Austrian proverb
It is folly to sing twice to a deaf man.

English proverb

If the sailors become too numerous, the ship sinks.

Arab proverb
He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.

Latin proverb
Moderation in all things including moderation. To be truly moderate, you must be extreme in some things.

attributed to Valerie Whitcomb
Grassroots can grow through concrete.

attributed to Jim DePoe in Jim Warren's GovAccess e-newsletter
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Chinese proverb
Mañana is often the busiest day of the week.

Spanish proverb
Life is like drawing without an eraser.

Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.

The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

Swedish proverb
The six miracles of socialism: There is no unemployment, but no one works; No one works, but everyone gets paid; Everyone gets paid, but there is nothing to buy; No one can buy anything, but everyone owns everything; Everyone owns everything, but no one is satisfied; No one is satisfied, but 99 percent of the people voted for the system.

Veritas est justitiae mater - Truth is the mother of justice

Injuria non excusat injuriam - One wrong does not justify another

He who lives without discipline dies without honor.

Icelandic proverb
A little axe can cut down a big tree.

Jamaican proverb
Si vis pacem, para bellum - If you want peace, prepare for war.

Roman proverb
In a major matter, no details are small.

French proverb
He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.

Brazilian proverb
What is new is pleasing and what is old is satisfying.

Cuban proverb
He who would enjoy the fruit must not spoil the blossoms.

Gaelic proverb
If things are getting easier, maybe you're headed downhill.

Ghanian proverb

He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.

Jewish proverb
Most important things aren't exciting. Most exciting things aren't important. Not every problem has a good solution.

quoted by Jacques Barzun in Begin Here: The Forgotten Conditions of Teaching and Learning
A cow owned by many will be well milked and badly fed.

Spanish proverb
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

Cherokee saying
Untermeyer, Louis
From compromise and things half done, Keep me with stern and stubborn pride; And when at last the fight is won, God, keep me still unsatisfied.

1914 - from "Prayer", published in Challenge
Ever insurgent let me be, Make me more daring than devout; From sleek contentment keep me free, And fill me with a buoyant doubt.

1914 - from "Prayer", published in Challenge
Ustinov, Peter
If Canadians find it difficult to arrange a simple thing like a constitution, how on earth can you run a difficult thing like a theatre?

If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.

Uys, Pieter-Dirk
Hypocrisy is the vaseline of political intercourse.

from his character Evita Bezuidenhout
The elections are like the Pick 'n Pay of politics — there are 33 tins of beans and we have the freedom of choice.

from his character Evita Bezuidenhout

Valery, Paul
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.

Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations.

from "On the Subject of Dictatorship", published in Reflections on the World Today
Valpy, Michael  
We are becoming a society where multiculture means no public culture.

May 3, 1995 - from his column in the Globe and Mail
When Gallup asked Canadians a few years ago what they were proudest of in their country, the number one response was the Charter. The Charter has been decried as `Americanizing' us. In fact, it has kept us going.

Dec. 10, 1994 - as quoted in the Globe and Mail
Canada is the only country in the world where you can buy a book on federal-provincial relations at an airport.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Van Buren, Abigail
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.

Van Doren, Charles
Nothing is more conducive to progress than the widespread belief that it can occur.

van Doren, Mark
To be what no one ever was, to be what everyone has been: Freedom is the mean of those extremes that fence all effort in.

Van Horne, Cornelius
[Canada] Since we can't export the scenery, we'll import the tourists.

Van Horne, Sir William  
The biggest things are often the easiest to do because there is so little competition.

van Loon, Hendrik
Any frontal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession - their ignorance.

Vander Zalm, William  
The individual least reliant on the state is the freest of all.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Style is substance.

Vaughan, Bill
A citizen ... will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.

If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.

Veith, Gene Edward
Where there are no absolute truths, the intellect gives over to the will.

Although postmodernists tend to reject traditional morality, they can still be very moralistic. They will defend their “rights” to do what they want with puritanical zeal. Furthermore, they seem to feel that they have a right not to be criticized for what they are doing. They want not only license but approval. Thus tolerance becomes the cardinal virtue. Under the postmodernist way of thinking, the principle of cultural diversity means that every like-minded group constitutes a culture that must be considered as good as any other culture. The postmodernist sins are “being judgmental,” “being narrow-minded,” “thinking that you have the only truth,” and “trying to enforce your values on anyone else.” Those who question the postmodernist dogma that “there are no absolutes” are excluded from the canons of tolerance. The only wrong idea is to believe in truth; the only sin is to believe in sin.

Vidal, Gore
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.

Whether you have an abortion, what you put in your own body, with whom you have sex - these are not the affairs of the state. A government does not exist to control the citizens. When it does, it is a tyranny, and must be fought.

Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they're scraping the top of the barrel.

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.

For the average American freedom of speech is simply the freedom to repeat what everyone else is saying and no more.

Viereck, Peter
The conservative principles par excellence are proportion and measure; self-expression through self-restraint; preservation through reform, humanism and classical balance; a fruitful nostalgia for the permanent beneath the flux; and a fruitful obsession for unbroken historic continuity. These principles together create freedom, a freedom built not on the quicksand of adolescent defiance but on the bedrock of ethics and law ... The core and fire-center of conservatism, its emotional élan, is a humanist reverence for the dignity of the individual soul. This is incompatible with fascist or Stalinist collectivism; incompatible with a purely mechanistic view of man; incompatible with a purely economic view of history.

1949 - from Conservatism Revisited
Vincent, John
Marx's tragic sense of life, his social pessimism, his anti-egalitarianism, his Homeric sense of the grandeur of conflict, his splenetic contempt of wets, his deep disbelief in people's good nature, is deeply acceptable to the conservative.

1983 - from a column in the London Times
Voltaire, Francois
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.

The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of the citizens to give to the other.

1764 - from Philosophical Dictionary
Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.

Common sense is not so common.