Ronald Reagan Any system that penalizes success and accomplishment is wrong. Any system that discourages work, discourages productivity, discourages economic progress, is wrong. If, on the other hand, you reduce tax rates and allow people to spend or save more of what they earn, they'll be more industrious; they'll have more incentive to work hard, and money they earn will add fuel to the great economic machine that energizes our national progress. The result: more prosperity for all and more revenue for government. A few economists call this principle supply-side economics. I just call it common sense. +
Socrates Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul? +
Seneca There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them... Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced. +
Arthur Schopenhauer We will gradually become indifferent to what goes on in the minds of other people when we acquire a knowledge of the superficial nature of their thoughts, the narrowness of their views and of the number of their errors. Whoever attaches a lot of value to the opinions of others pays them too much honor. +
Kilroy J. Oldster A person's spiritual power originates from using knowledge, compassion, charity, and personal humility to break away from custom and creed. +
Kurt Vonnegut How nice - to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive. +
John Locke The great question which in all ages has disturbed mankind, and brought on them the greatest part of those mischiefs which have ruined cities, depopulated countries, and disordered the peace of the world, has been, not whether there be power in the world, nor whence it came, but who should have it. +
Friedrich Nietzsche No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life. There may be countless trails and bridges and demigods who would gladly carry you across; but only at the price of pawning and forgoing yourself. There is one path in the world that none can walk but you. Where does it lead? Don’t ask, walk! +
Friedrich A. Hayek All political theories assume, of course, that most individuals are very ignorant. Those who plead for liberty differ from the rest in that they include among the ignorant themselves as well as the wisest. +
Arthur Schopenhauer Riches, one may say, are like sea-water; the more you drink the thirstier you become; and the same is true of fame. +
Hannah Arendt The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist. +
Friedrich August von Hayek It is because every individual knows little and, in particular, because we rarely know which of us knows best that we trust the independent and competitive efforts of many to induce the emergence of what we shall want when we see it. +
Ludwig Von Mises Nobody ever recommended a dictatorship aiming at ends other than those he himself approved. He who advocates dictatorship always advocates the unrestricted rule of his own will +
W.B. Yeats I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. +
Abraham Lincoln Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. +
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe You only keep a watch on those who cause you suffering. If you want to remain unknown to the world, all that's needed is not to hurt anyone. +
Sophocles Do not believe that you alone can be right. The man who thinks that, The man who maintains that only he has the power To reason correctly, the gift to speak, the soul A man like that, when you know him, turns out empty. +
Bias of Priene Gain your point by persuasion, not by force. +
Mark Twain Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. +
Juvenal No man ever became extremely wicked all at once. +
Samuel Taylor Coleridge If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself. +
Cicero The aim of a ship's captain is a successful voyage; a doctor's, health; a general's, victory. So the aim of our ideal statesman is the citizens' happy life--that is, a life secure in wealth, rich in resources, abundant in renown, and honorable in its moral character. That is the task which I wish him to accomplish--the greatest and best that any man can have. +
Hesiod Plan harm for another and harm yourself most, The evil we hatch always comes home to roost. +
Virgil Fortune favors those who dare. +
Abraham Lincoln Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? +
Sophocles One word Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. +
Arthur Conan Doyle Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius. +
Socrates There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. +
Ralph Waldo Emerson The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs. +
Salvador Dali Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it. +
Plato The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. +
John Pilger The major western democracies are moving towards corporatism. Democracy has become a business plan, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war. This is not democracy. It is to politics what McDonalds is to food. +
Kilroy J. Oldster Life is a crapshoot. It is also brief. No generation is invulnerable to the formidable and grave powers of creation and obliteration that time renders. All people are subject to the vagrancies of time’s steady pulse and subordinated to brute chance engendered when pulling the levers of fate found in our risk-filled environment. We can tilt the odds in our favor of living happily to a ripe old age by displaying a high degree of awareness and exercising self-control. We must rightfully display pride in our lives by claiming responsibility for ourselves and by taking on every challenge without mental equivocation. I seek to conquer personal fears and employ honest effort, energy, endurance, and enthusiasm supplemented with booster shots of intellectual integrity to become my personal master. Self-mastery, self-discipline, conscientious study, uncompromising integrity, and ethical awareness form the foundation stones of all religions and these qualities anchor every person of high character. While no personal medicine wheel is without faults and frailties, a person who exhibits an annealed temperament constantly searches inward to improve him or herself while maintaining a vigilant eye upon fulfilling their caregiver responsibilities. +
Frederick S. Perls Don't push the river, it flows by itself. +
Albert Einstein Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either +
Adam Smith The prudent man always studies seriously and earnestly to understand whatever he professes to understand, and not merely to persuade other people that he understands it; and though his talents may not always be very brilliant, they are always perfectly genuine +
Sun Tzu Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win. +
Adam Smith It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all the wealth of the world was originally purchased; +
Soren Kierkegaard There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. +
Oliver Wendell Holmes The biggest tragedy in America is not the great waste of natural resources - though this is tragic; the biggest tragedy is the waste of human resources because the average person goes to his grave with his music still in him. +
Fyodor Dostoyevsky how easily the heart accustoms itself to comforts, and how difficult it is to tear one’s self away from luxuries which have become habitual and, little by little, indispensable. +
Juvenal It is a poor thing to lean upon the fame of others, lest the pillars give way and the house fall down in ruin. +
Leo Tolstoy Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. +
Hegel It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value. +
Friedrich August von Hayek The chief difference [between totalitarian and free countries] is that only the totalitarians appear clearly to know how they want to achieve that result, while the free world has only its past achievements to show, being by its very nature unable to offer any detailed "plan" for further growth. +
Marshall McLuhan A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. +
Cicero While there's life, there's hope. +
George Bernard Shaw Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. +
Thomas Jefferson Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another? +
Hegel Man is an animal, but even in his animal functions, he is not confined to the implicit, as the animal is; he becomes conscious of them, recognizes them, and lifts them, as, for instance, the process of digestion, into self-conscious science. In this way man breaks the barrier of his implicit and immediate character, so that precisely because he knows that he is an animal, he ceases to be an animal and attains knowledge of himself as spirit. +