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Quotations by Others

“There is no better way to convince others than first to convince oneself.” – Cicero (106 – 43 BC). In Martin Luther (1483 – 1546), Table Talk, 1566, tr. Preserved Smith and Herbert P. Gallinger, 1915

“Strip away all the sensory characteristics of color, texture, tone, taste, and smell from an object and only number remains as its size, weight, and quantity.  Take away the features associated with number and it’s all gone.” – Michael Schneider in “A Beginner’s Guide To Constructing The Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes Of Nature, Art and Science” (HarperPerennial paperback 1995)

Let me … warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party. – George Washington (1732 – 1799). Farewell Address, 17 September 1796

Sloth and Silence are a Fool’s Virtues. – Benjamin Franklin

The Socialist says we have too many capitalists.  I say we have too few.  The scattering of capital among a great many will solve the problem. – G.K. Chesterton (1847 – 1936). As I was Saying: A Chesterton Reader, 17, ed. Robert Knille, 1985

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. – Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965). House of Commons speech, 22 October 1945

The basis of political economy is non-interference. The only safe rule is found in the self-adjusting meter of demand and supply. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882). “Wealth,” The Conduct of Life, 1860

The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy. – Milton Friedman (1912 – 2006) Capitalism and Freedom, 3, 1962

The chief difference between free capitalism and State socialism seems to be this: that under the former a man pursues his own advantage openly, frankly and honestly, whereas under the latter he does so hypocritically and under false pretenses. – H.L. Mencken (1880 – 1956). Minority Report: H.L. Mencken’s Notebooks, 397, 1956

All Government without the Consent of the Governed is the very Definition of Slavery. – Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745). “A Letter to the Whole People of Ireland,” 13 October 1724, The Drapier’s Letters to the People of Ireland against recovering Wood’s Halfpence, 1724, ed. Herbert Davis, 1935

Our two great political parties have really nothing more to propose than the keeping or the taking of the offices from the other party. – Henry George (1839 – 1897). Social Problems, 2, 1883

A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done. – Fred Allen

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw

I don’t believe the Democrats or Republicans are lying to us. I think that every dirty, rotten, lowdown thing they say about each other is true! – A. Ray Lambson. Letter to Los Angeles Times, 26 October 1994

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. – John Galbraith

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