Quotations

I love good quotations. They often reflect the brilliant insights of the individual quoted. They are quoted because they are noteworthy. I reflect specifically on two quotes by Winston Churchill regarding quotations:

“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.” -Sir Winston Churchill

I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, ‘Verify your quotations.'” -Sir Winston Churchill

Here are more of my favorite quotations:

“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.” -Benjamin Franklin

“The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.” -Ronald Reagan

“The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” -Margaret Thatcher, Former British Prime Minister

“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” -Ronald Reagan

“To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.” -Benjamin Franklin

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“Well done is better than well said.” -Benjamin Franklin

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

“I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” -Benjamin Franklin

“The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” -Ronald Reagan

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” -Benjamin Franklin

“There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” -Benjamin Franklin

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” -F.A. Hayek

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten,
either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” -Ronald Reagan

“Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.” -Franklin P. Jones

“Economics is the art of putting parameters on our utopias.” -Nobel laureate, James M. Buchanan

“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; ‘Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith.'” -Benjamin Franklin

“An atheist is one who hopes the Lord will do nothing to disturb his disbelief.” -Franklin P. Jones

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.” -Ronald Reagan

“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“One thing you will probably remember well is any time you forgive and forget.” – Franklin P. Jones

“But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” -Benjamin Franklin

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.” -Franklin P. Adams

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money. It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Where there is a great deal of free speech there is always a certain amount of foolish speech.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.” -Benjamin Franklin

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Sir Winston Churchill

“Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.” -Franklin P. Adams

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” -Wayne Gretzky

“Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.” -Benjamin Franklin

“We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.” -Eric Hoffer

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” -Benjamin Franklin

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” -Wayne Gretzky