WORTHWHILE QUOTES - for our benefit
To gain wisdom we associate with people who possess knowledge in their field. We do that by reading what they have written, or listening to what they have said. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” King Solomon in Proverbs 27:17
“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (1834 – 1902).
“No country can be free without religion. It creates and strengthens the notion of duty. If men are not kept straight by duty, they must be by fear. The more they are kept by fear, the less they are free. The greater the strength of duty, the greater the liberty.”
John, (US President #2): “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Samuel: “The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men.”
“There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
Conrad: “Outside of the resurrection of Jesus Christ I know of no other hope for mankind.” (Former German Chancellor).
“Criticism is something we can easily avoid, by saying nothing, doing nothing, being nothing.”
“If proposition A is true (if it conforms to reality), then proposition B, making a contrary claim, cannot be true as well.”
Martin A: “History repeats because we ignore the lessons it offers.”
Isaac: “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” (1920 – 1992).
“God judged it better to bring good out of evil, than not to permit any evil to exist.”
Marcus: “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” (121 – 180 AD; Roman Emperor from 161 - 180).
“The opinions of ten thousand men are of no value, if none of them know anything about the subject.”
“The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”
Bernard: “Detach yourself from human emotions and learn to change your views of the market as the conditions change, if you want to be a successful trader.”
“You can have the first 20%, and I’ll let you have that last 20%; I’ll settle for the 60% in the middle.”
Frederic: “The law can be an instrument of equalization only as it takes from some persons and gives to other persons. When the law does this it is an ‘instrument of plunder.’” (From his booklet: The Law).
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
“Which countries contain the most peaceful, the most moral, and the happiest people? Those people are found in the countries where the law least interferes with private affairs; where the government is least felt; where the individual has the greatest scope, and free opinion the greatest influence; where the administrative powers are fewest and simplest; where taxes are lightest and most nearly equal;….where individuals and groups most actively assume their responsibilities and, consequently where the morals of human beings are constantly improving; where trade, assemblies, and associations are the least restricted; where mankind most nearly follows its own natural inclinations; in short, the happiest, most moral, most peaceful people are those who most nearly follow this principle: although mankind is not perfect, still all hope rests upon the free and voluntary actions of persons within the limits of right; law or force is to be used for nothing except the administration of universal justice.” (Ibid).
“Liberty is the freedom of every person to make full use of his faculties, just as long as he does not harm other persons while doing so.” (Ibid).
Larry: “The greatest shock of this decade is that more people are about to lose more money than at any time before in our history. And the second biggest shock will be the incredible amount of money just a relatively small group of people will make at exactly the same time.” (Author of ‘The New Economic Disorder’)
Richard: “Even old-line Republican bankers are beginning to realize that the unemployed will not be able to pay their auto loan, credit card or mortgage, and selling the political side of deficits and inflation has suddenly become easy. In today's economy, the only employer hiring will be the federal government through public works. The policies that are signed off on in the coming months will very likely create the greatest inflation anyone living today will ever remember. Let’s not forget: government-sponsored inflation taxes, destroys and robs any wealth held in financial assets such as cash, stocks or bonds”. (Written December 2008).
Yogi: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“The future ain’t what it used to be.”
“It ain’t over till it’s over.”
“It’s deja-vu all over again.”
Warren: A trillion dollars is a stack of 1,000 dollar bills 63 miles high. If the stack was toppled, you could drive for an hour before you would reach the end of it.”
Paul: “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”
Bill: “The US Federal Reserve was set up by the big banks, for the big banks and of the big banks. Is it any wonder that it watches over its own?”
Judge Robert: “International law is not law, but politics”.
Harry: “Government is force. Every government program forces someone to do what he does not want to do, and forcibly prevents him from doing what he wants to do, or forces him to pay for something he would not pay for voluntarily.”
“A black market is a free market operating against the wishes of the state.”
Warren: “Wall St. is the only place where people ride to in a Rolls Royce, to get financial advice from people who take the subway.”
“In the business world, the rear-view mirror is always clearer than the windshield.”
Edmund: “All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to stand by and do nothing.”
“How often has public calamity been arrested on the very brink of ruin, by the seasonable energy of a single man? Have we no such man amongst us? I am as sure as I am of my being, that one vigorous mind without office, without situation, without public functions of any kind, (at a time when the want of such a thing is felt, as I am sure it is) I say, one such man, confiding in the aid of God, and full of just reliance in his own fortitude, vigor, enterprise, and perseverance, would first draw to him some few like himself, and then that multitudes, hardly though to be in existence, would appear and troop about him.”
Barbara: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent.”
President George W.: “We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter; we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.” (2001, just after 9/11).
“Bin Laden teaches young Muslims to sacrifice themselves on a road to paradise. You’ll notice that he never goes along for the trip.”
“Our energy problem in America gets solved, when we aggressively go for domestic exploration.”
James F.: “Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.”
William (Missionary to India): “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.”
Thomas: “Our main purpose is not to see what lies dimly in the future, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”
Dale: “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
Lewis: “When I choose a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.” (from: Through the Looking Glass).
Doug.: “The investor puts 100% of his money into the market for a potential 10% return. The speculator puts 10% of his money on the line for a 100% return.”
“I believe that unassailable wealth is the best protection against global crisis. For it to be unassailable, your wealth must be at once substantial, free from threat of confiscation, divorced from the whims of the masses, and located in a country or currency that has a good risk/reward profile. Unfortunately, the U.S. doesn't make the cut”.
Truet (CEO of Chick-Filet): “Instruction is what we say. Influence is what we do. Image is what we are.”
Peter: “People who have made a lot of money, believe they are personally responsible, while those who have lost money, blame it on someone else.”
Gerald: “The government’s goal (no matter the country) is to retain or enhance its power. And the financial sector’s goal is to maximize profits. Pious posturing and public pronouncements notwithstanding, the underlying objectives are always money and power. The common good, if considered at all, is relegated to secondary consideration.
Only with this understood does it become possible to parse the present and look to the future realistically, clear-eyed and un-deluded”.
Eugene A. (Astronaut) “I am convinced there is a God, by the order I see in space.”
Oswald: “The intellect works with the greatest intensity when it works continuously; the more you do, the more you can do.”
G.K: Tolerance is a virtue, when you have no convictions.”
Winston: “The only thing we learn from history is that we never learn.”
“If you do not fight for what is right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you do not fight when the victory will be easy and not too costly, the moment may come when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and with only a precarious chance of survival…you may even have to fight when there is no hope of victory, for it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
“I have nothing to offer, but toil, sweat and tears.”
“Never give in…never ,never, never, never; in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions or honor and good sense.”
“If we are together nothing is impossible – if we are divided all will fail.”
“Courage is the finest of human qualities because it guarantees all the others.”
“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.”
“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
“It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”
“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”
“I never worry about action, only inaction.”
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”
“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is somewhat like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”
CICERO – 55 BC
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
Kenneth: “Men haven’t changed much in the last 2,000 years and, in consequence, we must still learn from history.” – Kenneth Clark, (Civilisation).
Chuck: “The proper function of government is to restrain evil, and to promote justice.”
“Christians who call themselves ‘pro-choice’ are denying the Gospel and have to question whether they have not separated themselves from the company of Christian discipleship.”
“Politics is but an expression of culture; and culture is religion incarnate. So if there is a collapse in politics, the place to fix it is by equipping the believers.”
James: “Animosity toward the merchant class has been around for centuries. Why? The goal of making a profit is obviously a self-serving motive. Other occupations, while equally self-serving, are better able to hide their motives.”
Calvin (US President #30): “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible, that it would be difficult to support them, if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”
Senator Anne: “The judiciary is profoundly undermining representative parliamentary democracy. In effect, the judiciary is turning Canada into an oligarchy.”
Nicolaus: “Nations are not ruined by one act of violence, but gradually and in an almost imperceptible manner, by the depreciation of their circulating currency, through excessive quantity. (Uttered in 1525).
J. P.: ”The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”
Oystein: “Socialism collapsed because it did not allow the market to tell the economic truth.” (Exxon VP for Norway).
Matt: “Fatherlessness (homes without fathers), is the biggest social problem facing America today.”
Clarence: “It is the height of bigotry to have only 1 ‘theory of origin’ taught in our schools.” (1925 Scopes trial lawyer).
David M.: “The sole objective of investing is to increase the purchasing power of one’s capital.”
Leonardo: “Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” (1452 – 1519).
Jimmy: “I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails.”
“Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.”
“Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, and makes it his own.”
“There can be no other criterion, no other standard than gold.
Yes, gold which never changes, which can be turned into ingots
bars, coins, which has no nationality and which is eternally and
universally accepted as the unalterable fiduciary value par excellence”
“I grew up to respect authority and respect those in charge.”
“I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”
“Never relinquish the initiative.”
Peter: “In the history of civilization, there is not one country that escaped the destruction of its fiat currency, once monetary inflation became part of the process …..Not one!”
“It is in the interest of central banks along with the bullion banks that are co-operating, to keep the price of gold as low as possible, to hide the effects of monetary inflation from the public.”
“Money tends to flow towards good ideas.”
“The majority of investors lose money all of their lives, because they habitually buy on bullish news. Rising prices constitute bullish news. Thus they buy high and eventually end up selling low.”
“People with small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss concepts.”
“The first duty of an investor is to manage risk. Once risk is managed, the pursuit of profits can begin.”
“Equal opportunity for all; special privileges for no one; tempered with compassion for those who are physically or mentally, not yet or no longer, able to fend for themselves.”
“The only legitimate role for government is to protect you from me and me from you and us from them”.
“Nations rise when, through inventions and technology they become economically prosperous. They grow as they enlarge their borders and influence, through conquests or by trade. They fall, when the growing need to pay for promises made, and the cost of foreign wars, drains the treasury.”
“Whenever sound money circulates besides fiat money, the sound money will be preferred. Fiat money can only survive when it does not have to compete with money that is backed by gold or silver.” (This is a paraphrase of Gresham’s law).
“Governments are notorious for tampering with the metal content of the country’s monetary unit. Countless governments, going back to the Roman Empire and earlier, have done this. They practice counterfeiting, by spending the new, debased money at the older, higher value.”
“Capitalism is the financial system that puts capital to work. The true definition of a capitalist is someone whose capital is working for him or her.”
“We are not ‘gold bugs’, neither are we ‘silver bugs’. We are investors who have discovered that when governments and their bankers inflate the money supply, we can protect our assets by converting a portion of our assets into gold and silver.”
“Governmental foreign aid is little more than a transfer of funds from poor people in rich countries, to rich people in poor countries.”
“During a mania, investors stop thinking rationally. The greatest fear becomes the fear of ‘missing out’. It becomes impossible to predict a top, as logic is thrown out the window. Prices can keep doubling, tripling or more, as new investors are drawn in. Irrational behavior has no limits. Unfortunately, all hyperbolic manic tops end abruptly, without warning. The eventual top is obvious only in retrospect.”
“During a mania, as events move towards a climax, the event that causes the price to finally break is often a minor happening. (The straw that breaks the camel’s back).”
“Monetary inflation is an invisible tax. It taxes money on deposit in bank accounts. As this money is ‘watered down’ through inflation, it is then distributed to recipients of government handouts, including bankers and lobbyists. These early recipients benefit from the fact that the dilution is most noticeable further down the line.”
“Socialism is irrational, because it lacks a method whereby owners price the assets. Capitalism is rational because it provides owners with a method to price the assets.”
“You can tell if a system is corrupt, when you see lawyers running for government, spending millions of dollars to obtain a job that pays $200,000 a year.”
“If you want to make money in the stock market, simply invest in what China and India need – commodities!”
“When you’ve made the biggest mistake of your life ---something good is bound to come from it. Find it! Use it!”
“You can walk through a mine field, if you know where the mines are located.”
“Historians will some day declare the ‘theory of evolution’ to have been little more than the failed religious experiment of the 20th century.”
“A common error in anticipating the future is to take an extreme event, such as Pearl Harbor or 9-11, and treat it as extreme – a ‘once-only’ event. A more practical view is to treat this extreme event as the ‘new norm’.”
“Investors do not like change. The part of the brain that guides investments operates on a preprogrammed guidance system. It is locked into the ‘herd mentality’. Facts that contradict this mindset are quickly rejected. The fear of losing (by changing to a different way of investing, or a different investment), is greater than the desire for gain.”
“We are entering a period in history where massive amounts of wealth will be transferred from one segment of the population to another segment. Investments which appear to be ‘too risky’ for many people will turn out to be hugely successful for the few who dare to take that risk.”
“Just before your stock of commodity reaches a top, it will seem like it is going to go up forever. Just before your stock or commodity bottoms out, it will seem like it is going to fall off a cliff.”
“There is a universal historical unwritten rule pertaining to all government debt: creditors eventually get hosed.”
“A wise person is he or she who looks after their health, long before they become ill.”
“Trust God for everything. Trust governments for nothing. Trust gold and silver for the in between.”
“Three people you cannot overpay: the referee in an important game, the policeman and the Bible-believing Pastor of your church.”
Dennis: “Churches grow when people pray and Pastors preach the Word; when love for Christ seeks out the lost, to win them to the Lord.”
Cecil B.: “It is impossible for us to break these Laws. We can only break ourselves against them.” (Director of the movie: ‘The Ten Commandments.’
Alexis: “If ever the free institutions of America are destroyed, that event may be attributed to the omnipotence of the majority. This majority may at some future time urge the minorities to desperation, and oblige them to have recourse to physical force. Anarchy will then be the result, but it will have been brought about by despotism.” (From ‘Democracy in America’. 1840)
“America is great, because America is good. If America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. (Ibid).
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
Charles: “The New Testament is the very best book that ever was, or ever will be known in the world.”
Walt: “If you dream it, you can do it.”
“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.”
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Benjamin: “As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.”
Fyodor: “If there is no God, everything is permissible. Crime becomes inevitable.” (From the ‘Brothers Karamazov’).
Peter: “Every few hundred years in Western civilization there occurs a sharp transformation - within a few short decades, society re-arranges itself, its worldview, its basic values, it’s social and political structure, its key institutions. Fifty years later the result is a new world.”
William J: “The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes, instead of their minds.”
Abba: “Men and nations behave wisely only after exhausting all other alternatives.”
Thomas A.: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work.”
Dr. Albert: The ‘Theory of Relativity’ applies to physics, not to morals or ethics.”
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different end result.”
“Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”
“The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our action. Our inner balances and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.”
“Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.”
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created the problems.”
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
“Information is not knowledge.”
“Any society which does not insist upon respect for all life, must necessarily decay.”
Dwight, D. (US President # 34): “It is not the plan – it is the planning”
(Referring to plans for the invasion into German-held Europe during WW2).
“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
“When you are in any contest you should work as if there were, to the very last minute, a chance to lose it.”
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionable integrity. Without it, no real success is possible.”
“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.”
“Every step we take towards making the state the caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the state our master.”
“The history of freedom is never really written by chance but by choice.”
“History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid.”
Ralph Waldo: “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
“The greatest homage one can pay to the truth is to tell it.”
“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
Ambrose: “What we are about to see is a race to the bottom by the world’s major currencies as each tries to devalue against others in a beggar-thy-neighbor policy, to shore up exports, or indeed simply because they have to cut rates frantically to stave off the consequences of debt-leveraging and the risk of an outright slump. (Sept/2008)
Mark: “The most common feature of all great investments is that, in the long run, they begin to produce negative returns, and eventually vanish into thin air.”
“When the invisible hand of capitalism is replaced by the ‘Fair’ and ‘Compassionate’ hand of socialism: the economy collapses.”
Arthur: “He who rests, rusts!”
Richard W: “In the distance, I see a frightful storm brewing in the form of un-tethered government debt. I choose the words –“frightful storm’ – deliberately to avoid hyperbole. Unless we take steps to deal with it, the long-term fiscal situation of the federal government will be unimaginably more devastating to our economic prosperity than the subprime debacle and the recent debauching of credit markets that we are working right now so hard to correct.” (President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Texas).
Why then, is gold the unmentionable, four letter word of economics? ... The answer is threefold: A misunderstanding of the role of money; a misreading of history; and finally, visceral revulsion to the notion that a metal can do a better job of guiding monetary policy than a gaggle of finance ministers, central bankers and well-degreed economists."
- Malcolm Forbes
Henry: “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t; either way you are right.”
“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.”
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”
“I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.”
“Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a bi-product of providing a useful service.”
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.”
Ralph T.: ”Over the course of 600 years, five dynasties in China had implemented paper money and all five had made frequent use of the printing press in an attempt to solve problems. Economic catastrophe and political chaos inevitably followed. Time and time again officials looked to paper money for instant liquidity and the immediate transfer of wealth. But its ostensible virtues could not withstand its tragic legacy; those who held it as a store of value found that in time all they held were worthless pieces of paper.” (Author of Fiat Paper Money – the History and Evolution of our Currency – P 29).
of Assisi: “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.”
Benjamin: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” (Mr. Franklin was instrumental in the framing of the Declaration of Independence and the adoption of the US Constitution).
“The doors of wisdom are never shut.”
“I have lived a long life, gentlemen, and the longer I live, the more convinced I become that God rules in the affairs of men.” (Spoken at age 81, during the final drafting of the US constitution in 1776).
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
“When the people find out that they can vote themselves money, it will herald the end of the republic.”
“If you desire many things, many things will seem few.”
“Lost time is never found again.”
“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”
“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immoveable, those that are moveable, and those that move.”
“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”
“Half a truth is often a great lie.”
“Life’s tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.”
“Man will ultimately be governed by God or tyrants.”
“Rather to go to bed without dinner, than to rise in debt.”
“Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.”
“Well done is better than well said.”
“Words may show a man’s wit, but actions show his meaning.”
Milton (1912 – 2006): “Money is too important to be left to central bankers. You essentially have a group of unelected people who have enormous power to affect the economy. I propose replacing the Fed with a laptop computer to calculate the monetary base, and set it to expand it by a predictable 2% per year through war, peace, feast or famine.”
Bill (Former US Senate Majority leader): “Marriage is about protecting children. It stands as the bedrock of our society. Marriage is an issue that rightly belongs in the hands of the people.”
Erich: “Greed is a bottomless pit, which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” (American psychologist).
Gabirol, Ibn: “There are four kinds of men in this world:
- The man who knows, and knows that he knows; he is wise, so consult him.
- The man who knows, but does not know that he knows; help him to not forget what he knows.
- The man who knows not, and knows that he knows not; teach him.
- Finally there is the man who knows not, but pretends that he knows; he is a fool, therefore avoid him.”
Mahatma: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle, pleasure without conscience, wealth without work, knowledge without character, business without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.”
“Love never claims; it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself.”
“Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.”
W.D.: Time is more important (in markets), than price; when time is up, price will reverse.”
James (US President # 20). Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption.”
Mahatma: "First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. And then you win."
Edward “The five basic reasons for the decline and fall of the Roman Empire:
- The undermining of the sanctity and dignity of the home, which is the basis of human society.
- Rising taxes, the spending of public money for bread and circuses for the masses.
- The mad craze for pleasure becoming each year more exciting, more brutal, more immoral.
- The building of great armaments when the real enemy was within, the decay of individual responsibility.
- The decline of religion, fading into mere form, losing touch with life, losing power to guide the people.”
W.S. “I always voted at my party’s call, and never thought of thinking for myself at all.” (HMS Pinafore).
Barbara: “Appreciation is a free gift that you can give to anyone you encounter – it is completely your choice. And each time you choose to thank someone for a job well done, you are making the world a better place.”
Arnold: “The key to success is patience. You get a chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.”
Nelson: “Not one single archaeological discovery has ever contradicted the Bible.”
Joseph (Propaganda minister for Adolph Hitler):
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
"Those who elevate the state and downgrade the citizen must see ultimately a world in which earthly power can be substituted for Divine Will;
and this Nation was founded upon the rejection of that notion and upon the acceptance of God as the author of Freedom".
George: “Work is the means by which poverty is transformed into productivity.”
Joseph: “In a bull market, every time price comes near or below the 200 day moving average, it represents a buying opportunity.”
“The reason ‘news’ has very little relationship to what the market is doing, is because the market moves on tomorrow’s news, i.e. it anticipates.”
“Investors make most of their mistakes by listening to news. Thus they miss the moves the ‘smart money’ is making.”
Dr. Simon: (Professor of law and founder of the law department at Harvard University in app. 1874: “If the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth were placed before any unbiased jury in the world, they would have to conclude that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.”
Allan: “In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value.”
"In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect
savings from confiscation through inflation. ... This is the shabby
secret of the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending
is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the
way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property
rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the
statists' antagonism toward the gold standard."
Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of
Governors from 1987 to 2006.
This quote is from the 1966 book “Capitalism, the Unknown Ideal”
by Ayn Rand with additional articles by Alan Greenspan.
“Central banks stand ready to lease gold in increasing quantities, should the price rise.”
(Testimony to Congress July 24/1998)
“Gold is always accepted and is the ultimate means of payment and is perceived to be an element of stability in the currency and in the ultimate value of the currency and that historically has always been the reason why governments hold gold.” (1999 speech).
A.S.: “Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, and what nobody has thought.
Clare: “When an investor uses nothing more than technical analysis for his investment decisions, he is like someone driving a car, with his eyes glued to the rear view mirror. Technical analysis should be combined with a study of the fundamentals.”
Adam: “Negative ‘real interest’ rates drive investment demand for gold, because bonds become unattractive. Investor’s preferences gradually switch to gold, which will keep pace with inflation, instead of falling behind in under-yielding bonds.
Friedrich von: “With the exception only of the period during which the gold standard was in effect, virtually all governments throughout history have used their exclusive power to issue money, as a method to defraud and plunder the people.”
“Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded.”
Robert H: “Money is the most important subject intellectual people can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse, unless it is widely understood, and its defects remedied very soon. (Former credit manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, GA).
Patrick: “An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations. The battlefield sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me give me liberty, or give me death. “
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often, that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.” (1776).
“The constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
“We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth:….for my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it.”
Napoleon: Opportunity often appears disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.”
“The average person walks by an opportunity to make a million dollars, at least once a week.”
“Each adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”
Adolph: “Gold in the hands of the public is an enemy of the state.”
“In the simplicity of their minds, people more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have such impudence. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and continue to think that there may be some other explanation.”
Eric: “The real 'haves' are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them. They acquire these by developing and applying their potentialities. On the other hand, the real 'have nots' are they who cannot have aught except by depriving others of it. They can feel free only by diminishing the freedom of others, self-confident by spreading fear and dependence among others, and rich by making others poor."
“In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."
John (President of Shell Oil): “The USA is the only country in the world that restricts the use of its own energy resources (placed ‘off-limits by Congress), while transferring trillion of dollars of its wealth to other countries, in order to import energy.” (May 2008 testimony to US Senate).
Dr. Andre: “The end result of price inflation, caused by monetary inflation, is when the price of everything you need to live will increase in price at a speed that you will not believe. Food and energy prices will escalate, resulting in a lower standard of living for yourself, your family and your loved ones.”
Jason: “Investing is silver is not just a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity. It is a ‘once-in-a-human-history’ opportunity. Never before has the world become so dependant upon a hi-tech commodity that is becoming scarcer by the day.”
“Dollars are a unit of account with no accounting.”
“Silver futures expire – physical silver never expires.”
J. Edgar: “Crime would be drastically reduced, if criminals knew for a fact that once caught, they would face serious consequences.”
Martin: “In January 1980, just before the Federal Reserve avoided an inflationary catastrophe, the gold price peaked at $875. That is $2,430 in today’s dollars. But the pools of speculative capital are much larger now than in 1980. A true gold bubble could well leave this benchmark for behind. – Martin Hutchinson, N.Y. Times, January 1, 2009.
“In times of desolation we must never make a change, but stand firm and constant in the resolutions and determination in which we were the day before the desolations” (1491 – 1556 AD)
“The amount of financial derivatives rose in Q2/07 to 372 trillion dollars, or ten times the global economy. Never have so few controlled so much.”
“Thy silver is become dross; thy wine mixed with water.” (Written around 715 BC, this is the earliest known reference to inflation). (He lived app 740 – 680 BC)
Andrew: (7th US President): “One man with courage makes a majority.”
“The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger.”
“Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms.”
“Never take counsel of your fears.”
“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
“Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time, and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits among yourselves, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter, I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out and by the Eternal God, I will rout you out. (Spoken to a delegation of bankers requesting the extension of the 1832 Bank Renewal Act).
“The Bible is the rock on which our republic rests.”
Judge John: “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” (First Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.)
Thomas: “We confide in our strength without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it. At age 33 Jefferson, who later became the third President, drafted the US Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
“The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free expression should be our first objective.”
“The government is the strongest of which every man feels a part.”
“The Central Bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution. I am an enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but coin. If the American people allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property, until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.”
“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help a man with the wrong mental attitude.”
“Determine never to be idle… It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”
“I am a Christian, that is to say a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the pure doctrine of Jesus also.” (Written in the front of Jefferson’s Bible).
“A government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.”
“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”
”Everything predicted by the enemies of banks, in the beginning, is now coming to pass. We are to be ruined now by the deluge of bank paper. It is cruel that such revolutions in private fortunes should be at the mercy of avaricious adventurers, who, instead of employing their capital, if they have any, in manufacturing, commerce, and other useful pursuits, make it an instrument to burden all the interchanges of property with their swindling profits. Profits which are the price of no useful industry of theirs.” (1813).
“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
“It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.”
“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
“An honest man can feel no pleasure in exercise of power over his fellow citizens.”
“The equal rights of man and the happiness of every individual are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objectives of government.”
“A democracy is little more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.”
è For many more Jefferson quotes see our special section on Jefferson, under ‘links’.
Dr. David: “The more you pray, the more ‘coincidences’ you have”.
“Winning is nothing more than getting up each time you take a fall.”
Jerry: “The God that is preached in many churches today is as far from the God in the Bible as a flickering candle is from the noonday sun.”
Norman: “You can swim all day in the ‘sea of knowledge’, and still come out completely dry. Most people do!”
Helen: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within.”
“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
“The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart.”
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
Dr. D. James,: “Micro-biology has revealed that the most basic human cells, are incredibly complex. This is the opposite of what evolutionists had presumed”
“It was the gospel of Christ that made America great.”
“Before 1776, when religious freedom was introduced in America, this freedom had not existed anywhere in the world. The closest to it had been religious tolerance in England.”
“Since we got rid of God in our schoolrooms, the problems with our student have changed from chewing gum and running in the hallways, to students murdering each other and their teachers.”
“Prior to 1787 true religious freedom had never been experienced anywhere in the world”.
“Every nation in history has been built on some theistic or anti-theistic foundation.”
“The people who say they are ‘pro-choice’ are against people who want to offer women the choice of adoption. Actually everybody is ‘pro-choice’; some chose life – others chose death.”
“In recorded history, some 17 million people are estimated to have been killed in the name of Christ (by people who did not obey the command of Christ). During the same period of history, over 130 million people have been killed by atheists including Lenin, Mao, Hitler and Stalin.”
“The goal of the ACLU is to expunge every vestige of our Christian heritage from American history.”
“Abortion worldwide has brought about more deaths than all of the casualties in all of the wars in history.”
“The first 123 Universities in the USA, including Harvard, were founded by Christians, supposedly ‘for the glory of God and the advancement of the Gospel’.”
“The First Amendment makes no mention of a ‘wall of separation’. It does prohibit Congress from establishing a State Religion, as had been done in England.”
“When religious freedom disappears, it is not long before all other freedoms disappear as well.”
“If wombs had windows, abortion would end tomorrow.”
“Do not vote to gain personal benefits – vote always for the good of the country.”
“”The most often asked question by women contemplating an abortion: “Is it a baby?” And the stock answer is: “no, it’s just a ‘product of conception.’””
President John F. “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” (The US 35th president).
“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives forever.”
“Let every nation know whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of freedom.”
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
“Change is the law of life. Those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”
“The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.”
“We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves; that is our only commitment to others.”
“Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.”
“The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”
Friedrich (Law professor at Harvard), commenting in 1993 on the German Hyper-inflation of 1921 – 1923), “It was horrible! It struck like lightning. No one was prepared. You cannot imagine the rapidity with which the whole thing happened. The shelves in the grocery stores were empty. You could buy nothing with your paper money.”
Charles: “My interest lies in the future. For it is there I will spend the rest of my life.”
John M.,: “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society, than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”
“There is nothing so disastrous as a rational investment policy in an irrational world.”
“When the facts change – I change my mind. What do you do Sir?”
“By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.”
“The market can be irrational a lot longer than you can remain solvent.”
“By this means (fractional reserve banking) government may, secretly and unobserved, confiscate the wealth of the people, and not one man in a million will detect the theft.”
Ibn (14th century philosopher): “It should be noted that at the beginning of the dynasty, taxation yields a large revenue from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, taxation yields a small revenue from large assessments.”
Soren: “Life can be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.”
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” (1963).
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of this creed – We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
“The quality, not the longevity of one’s life is what is important.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.”
“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God.”
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period …was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the staircase.”
“Every person must decide whether to walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
Professor Laurence: “The United States has experienced high rates of inflation in the past, and appears to be running the same type of fiscal policies that engendered hyperinflations in 20 countries during the past century. (From ‘Is the USA bankrupt’ – Federal Reserve Bank Review St. Louis, June/August 2006)
Ray, A. (Founder of McDonald’s): “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”
“Are you green and growing, or ripe and rotting.”
“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.”
“If you’re not a risk taker, you have no business being in business.”
Stephen: “The pervasive assumption that central bankers will always intervene to protect investors from sizeable losses, has had a predictable outcome; complete disregard for risk”
Rabbi Daniel: “98% of all of the technological advances in the last 1,000 years occurred in ‘Christian’ countries”
John,: “With all the credit cards and online banking, today’s money is a great medium of exchange. However, the ever-increasing amount added to the money supply, makes it a terrible store of value.”
Lotte: “Music is the shining path over which the poet travels to bring his song to the world.”
Steve,: “It takes ten years for any disruptive technology to become pervasive in the design community.”
Sam: “Most American symphony orchestras cannot support themselves. Thousands of talented young musicians go unappreciated and unfulfilled, while musical illiterates make millions performing for other musical illiterates.”
Abraham: “Members of Congress who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale, and undermine the military, are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.” (16th US President, lived from 1809 - 1865).
“O thou God that heard Solomon in the night when he prayed for wisdom, hear me. I cannot lead this people; I cannot guide the affairs of this nation without your help. I am poor and weak and sinful. Oh God, who did hear Solomon when he cried out for wisdom, hear me and save this nation. Amen.” (A prayer uttered shortly after he became president).
“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”
“The philosophy of the classroom today, will determine the philosophy of the government tomorrow.”
“In regards to the Bible, I have but this to say, it is the best gift God has given to men. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong.”
“The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”
“Fourscore and seven years ago our Fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
“To sin by silence when they know they should protest, makes cowards of men!”
“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should for themselves.”
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.”
“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
“I have come to realize that people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
“I leave you hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be any doubt that all men are created free and equal.”
“I do not boast that God is on my side; I humbly pray that I am on God’s side.”
“Those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
Ferdinand. (Veteran Swiss banker). “The same central banks that sold gold at bargain prices, will at some point try to replace their gold reserves. They will use the printing press to accomplish this goal.”
Jesse: (Legendary commodity trader): “It was never my trading that made me the big money, it was always the waiting.”
“It is not our duty to be on the bullish side, nor on the bearish side, but to be on the winning side.”
“Millions come easier to a trader after he knows how to trade, then hundreds did in his days of ignorance.”
“People who look for easy money invariably pay for the privilege of proving conclusively that it cannot be found on this earth.”
There is nothing new in Wall Street. There can’t be because speculation is as old as the hills. Whatever happens in the stock market today has happened before and will happen again.”
Gerald M: “Statements by high officials, designed to bolster a falling market are practically always misleading.”
Vince (Famous football coach): “The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel – these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events themselves.”
“Winning is not a sometime thing. You don’t do things right once in a while … you do them right all the time.”
“Confidence is contagious. So is the lack of confidence.”
“There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. That is what I do, and I demand that my players do.”
“Leaders are not born, they are made. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal which is worthwhile.”
“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”
“Man’s finest hour is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle victorious.”
“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
“The greatest accomplishment is not to never fall, but in rising after you fall.”
“Winning is not everything – bur making the effort to win is.”
Dr. Edwin (Senior Pastor at Moody Bible Institute): “Some of God’s sheep cannot tell the difference between grass and Astroturf”.
MacArthur, General Douglas: “In the day of gathering storms, as moral deterioration of a political power spreads its growing infection, it is essential that every spiritual force be mobilized, to defend and preserve the religious base which has been the motivating impulse to our moral and national growth. History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual re-awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”
“There is no substitute for victory.”
“Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”
“You will be remembered for the rules you break.”
Peter: The key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them.”
“Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”
“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because
of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."
“The measure of a man’s character is what he would do it he knew he would never be found out”
Nicolo: “Government consists in nothing else but so controlling its subjects that they shall neither be able to, nor have cause to do it harm.” (1469 – 1527).
“Rome remained free four hundred years, and Sparta eight hundred, while their citizens were armed all that time; but many other states that have been disarmed have lost all their liberties in less than forty years.”
Charles: “During times of financial confusion and market upheaval, rarely do the majority of investors recognize the appropriate course of action, until it is much too late, and even then, they do so as individuals. ---Men go mad in herds while they only recover their senses slowly and one by one.” (From: “Extraordinary popular delusions, and the madness of crowds.”)
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
“We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.”
Bernard: “In today’s regulatory environment it’s virtually impossible to violate rules”.
(Oct 7th 2007 – while he was running his 50 billion dollar Ponzi scheme)
Karl: “The goal of communism is to dethrone God and replace capitalism.”
“The surest way to overturn the social order is to debauch the currency.”
George: “Providence punishes national sins with national calamites.” (Father of the US Bill of Rights.”
John: “The more things stay the same, - the more we expect things to stay the same, - the more complacent we become.”
“Ethanol from corn is such a bad idea. This is what happens when government decides to meddle in the market.”
Dr. John: “No matter where you are, - there you are!”
"Great leaders make their followers feel bigger than they are. Soon the followers begin to think, act, and produce bigger than they are. Finally, they become what they think they are."
“Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is remembering that you forgave.”
Norma (Roe in the Roe vs Wade decision). “The 1973 decision that legalized abortion was based on the lie that I was raped. I realize now that I was wrong in going along with that lie.”
Robert: “Gold is getting harder to find. It is becoming more expensive to produce. It is taking longer to build new mines. Meanwhile, more and more people want to buy some”. (Founder and former CEO of Gold-Corp, a gold mine he guided from 50 million dollars to 8 billion dollars).
J. Vernon: “Biblical prophesy is the mold into which history is poured.”
Golda (Israel’s fourth Prime Minister): “This bloodshed will only end, when the Palestinians learn to love their children more than they hate Jews”
“One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.”
“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all of your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”
“The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods."
Pastor Harry: “Arabs and Jews will only find peace at the foot of the cross of Christ.” (From Arab-Islamic attitudes toward People of the Book).
John Stewart: “A people may want a free government. But, if from carelessness, cowardice or want of public spirit, they are unequal to the exertions necessary for preserving it; if they will not fight for it when attacked; if they can be induced to lay their liberties at the feet of those with enough power to subvert their institutions – then they are unfit for liberty – and they are unlikely to enjoy it very long.”
“The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.”
Charles: “Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.”
Hyman: “The longer the period of market stability, the higher the potential risk for instability, when market participants must change their behavior.”
Baron de: “There is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers.” (1748 – L’Esprit des Lois).
Henry: "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong ... somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises ... I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started ... And an enormous debt to boot.” May 1939. (Henry Morganthau was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Treasury Secretary.
(This picture was created by Paul J. Smith on his typewriter!
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
“…and if we accept that even a mother can kill her baby in the womb, how can we expect people not to kill each other.”
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
“We cannot fight credibly against other social and moral evils, including poverty and violence, while we tolerate mass killings by means of abortion.”
“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of missing that drop.”
“Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.”
“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt.”
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
Malcolm: “New news is old news, happening to new people.”
“Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.”
(Frustrated at some of his officers), “Why was I born in an era alongside so many stupid people”.
“Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist.”
David: “Trade what you observe – not what you believe.”
Sir Isaac: “If I had no other proof available to me, the thumb would convince me that there is a God.”
Friedrich: “The most basic human desire is for man to control his own destiny and to impose his will on others.”
Friedrich, G.E.M., (1892 – 1984)
“When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out”.
Dr. Gary: “The typical individual is addicted to low quality leisure. He watches prime time T.V. He reads very little. He does not subscribe to economic newsletters or spend much time on financial websites. He does not think about the distant future, which he defines as anything beyond this month’s paycheck.”
“Unfortunately, most voters want government-funded freebies. Voters expect other voters to pay for those freebies.”
“Anyone who thinks that the Federal government ought to interfere with the pricing process of the free market is saying, in principle, that he thinks that government-salaried bureaucrats, who do not put their own money on the line, are the most competent people to devise the rules governing the process, by which the future price of a commodity ought to be set.”
“ The easy way to tax is by the printing press. This pleases Wall Street. It pleases the banks. It does not produce organized resistance”.
“Americans who are in the bottom 10th of income distribution live better today than kings lived in 1800. They have better health care, cheaper entertainment, cheaper books, longer life expectancy, air conditioning, central heating, and much more.
This has come as a result of the private property system, the future-orientation of a broad mass of savers, and the willingness of entrepreneurs to invest their time and money to meet the wants of consumers in the future.”
“Governments generally exist to tax the successful to subsidize the unsuccessful.”
Barrack: “My friends we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world.” – “I hope you’ll join me as we try to change it.” (Actually a combination of two quotes).
Paul: “The federal government doesn’t have any money that it doesn’t first take away from the people.” (Former US Treasury Secretary).
William J.: “Ninety percent of the people in the stock market, pro’s and amateurs alike, simply have not done enough homework.”
Edmund A.: “Freedom is the removal of obstructions to the flow of energy.”
Pericles: “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
P.J.: “There are just two rules of governance in a free society: Mind your own business, and keep your hands to yourself.”
George: “My prediction for the future is a picture of a boot stomping on the face of a man.”
Sol: “Fear is fear and it will always produce the same reaction; left uncontrolled it turns into panic. Panic knows no limits, works with no logic, is completely uncontrollable and only ends due to exhaustion; this has happened before, this is what will happen now and this is what will happen in the future. Humans are wired to react adversely to panic; the only way to defuse this time bomb is to prevent fear from turning into panic. The only way to do that is to knock fear down the moment it raises its head; it’s not an easy thing to do, for if it were, everyone would be rich.”
General George S.: “Instead of dying for your country, you must make that other S.O.B. die for his country.”
“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”
“By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any man can become great.”
“It is only by doing things others have not, that one can advance.”
“Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”
William: “If men are not governed by God, they will be ruled by tyrants.”
Tom: “The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people.”
Dr. Franz: “Government bonds are certificates of guaranteed confiscation.”
William (Youngest Prime Minister in G.B. history): “Surely the principles as well as the practice of Christianity are simple, and lead not to meditation only, but to action.’
Max: (German physicist): “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with this new truth.”
“The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.” (c 428 – 348 BC)
“Those who are too smart to enter politics will be governed by those who are not.”
“So long as the young generation is, and continues to be, well brought up, our ship of state will have a fair voyage; otherwise the consequences are better left unspoken.”
Marco: “The great Khan (Chinese ruler), causes the bark of trees, made into something like paper, to pass for money all over his country.” (1254 – 1324 Traveling explorer from Venice).
POPE John Paul:
“The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.”
“The worst prison would be a closed heart.”
“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”
Paul: “Memories and mistakes should be guideposts, not hitching posts.”
S: “If the worst should develop, those who prepare the most will suffer the least.”
Ayn: “Determine what is best for the government, and know THAT is what the powers are working to make happen. (Monetary) inflation is what is ‘best’ for a government with enormous debt”.
“Those who have something real that increases in value will prosper. Those who don’t
will fall by the wayside.”
“If you want to know when society vanishes – watch money. Whenever destroyers appeal among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owner a pile of counterfeit papers.”
“We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of reality.”
“Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that commerce is done, not by consent but by compulsion –when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from those who themselves produce nothing – when you se that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors, -- when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you will know that your society is doomed.”
Ronald (US President # 40): “It is amazing what can be accomplished, if you don’t care who gets the credit.” (A sign above his desk).
“You and I are told we must choose between a left and a right, but I suggest there is no such thing as left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream; the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path.”
“I’m convinced more than ever that man finds liberation only when he binds himself to God and commits himself to his fellow man.”
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
“Government’s view of the economy can 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.”
“Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man. “
“If we ever forget that we are ‘one nation under God’, then we will be a nation gone under.”
“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem: government IS the problem… It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. ---Ronald Reagan, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981.
“Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.”
“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in this world. But our Marines don’t have that problem.”
“If freedom is lost in America, there is no place to escape to.”
“Freedom is a fragile thing, which is never more than one generation away from extinction. Yet it is not ours by heritage, but it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.”
“A man is not free unless government is limited”
“There are is no such thing as a limit to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.”
“Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.”
“The truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economical as the private sector.”
“The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away.”
“Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.”
“Government is not a solution to our problem, government IS the problem.”
“Outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.”
“A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”
Robert J: “If the extent of one’s knowledge comes from T.V., local papers and magazines, the unfortunate fact is that one cannot help but be misinformed, and with a definite liberal bent.”
Paul Craig: “A true patriot does not confuse government with country. A patriot’s loyalty is to his country, and loyalty to country requires holding government accountable.”
John D.: “The poorest man I know is the man who has nothing but money.”
Llewellyn H. Jr.:
Private enterprise creates; government destroys. That is the great economic lesson of our time... and all times.
Adrian: “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my friends is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” (Doctor of Divinity and three term president of the Southern Baptist Association).
“How can we sit comfortably in our pews when civilization is crumbling around us?”
Jim, (Investment Guru): “People who follow their passions don’t get up and go to work everyday. They can hardly wait to wake up, so they can have fun. They’re truly excited about what they’re doing. They never go to work.”
“Markets will rise higher than you think is possible and fall lower than you can possible imagine!”
“The U.S. financial debacle is now so ingrained – and a so-called ‘super crash’ so likely that most Americans alive today won’t be around by the time the last of this credit-market mess is finally cleared away.”
Will:” Every time Congress makes a joke it becomes a law – and every time they make a law it’s a joke.”
“It ain’t your honor that is respected among nations… it’s your strength.”
“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”
“Invest in inflation; it’s the only thing that’s going up!”
“We could certainly slow down the aging process, if it had to work its way through congress.”
L.A. “Democracy, (-n-) Government of the sheep, by the shepherds, for the wolves.” (from: The Devil’s Lexicon).
Eleanor: “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”
Franklin D. (US President # 32): “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”
“The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.”
“We and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.”
Theodore (26th US President): “Disarmament can never be of prime importance, there is more need to get rid of the causes of war than of the implements of war.”
“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”
“To educate a man in mind and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society.”
“The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
“There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.”
“Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
“In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”
“Keep your eye on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”
“No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.”
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”
Mayer Amschel: “Let me issue and control a nation’s money supply and I care not who makes its laws.”
Nathan: “The time to buy is when blood is running in the streets.”
Howard: “There is no more valuable asset for an investor than an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.”
“If you store food in times of plenty, then when times of individual or collective difficulties strike, you will not have to stick your hands in someone else’s purse through the taxing power of government. You will not b a beggar or a burden to others. It is a moral issue.”
"Back in the 1970s when I liked silver over gold, there was ten times as much silver above ground as there was gold. Despite that, we made twice as much money on silver as we did on gold. Now the ratio has changed. Industrial use has so depleted our silver inventory that US government now owns none. There is six times more gold above ground than silver, which is by far the scarcer of the two metals. So why is gold many times more expensive than silver? Because 99.9% of the people in the world think gold is much rarer than silver. But they are wrong, dead wrong. Sooner or later the supply/demand equation will favor silver and narrow the pricing gap between the two metals."
Richard: “A bull market is like a rodeo bull. He will buck and twist to throw you off. The best traders will hang on till the ride is over.”
“For asset preservation the price of gold is not as important as how many ounces of gold you have.”
Nate: “No man is a fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
George: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Steve: “No individual can become rich by spending more than he earns; and no country can be come wealthy, or recover from a recession, by consuming more than it produces.”
“The amount by which a private entity is willing or able to go into debt is limited by its ability to repay the debt. There is however no limit to the amount of debt a government can take on, provided that the debt is denominated in a currency that can be created out of nothing by its central bank.”
“The people with political power will always choose the policy option that leads to the best short-term outcome, regardless of longer-term ramifications.”
“Capitalism is an economic and social system in which all property is privately owned, prices are arrived at via voluntary exchange, and the government's only role is the protection of private property rights. Clearly, capitalism doesn't exist in any country today. What exists is an ever-changing mixture of capitalism, socialism, corporatism and fascism, with some countries, such as China, on a path towards greater freedom (capitalism), and other countries, including much of the Western world, on a path towards less freedom (socialism, corporatism and fascism). Neither of these paths is irreversible.”
“The more money the government spends in an effort to boost economic growth the poorer will be the economy’s long-term performance.”
“During the Great depression of the 1930’s (caused by credit expansion on the part of the central bank), the Keynesians won out over the Austrians (Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich von Hayek). President Franklin D. Roosevelt increased government spending, thereby preventing a quick purging of inefficient business, and thus prolonging the agony until WW2 spending finally ended the depression”.
Puru: “Only 23% of paper currencies ever issued have survived the test of time. The vast majority were destroyed due to hyperinflation.”
Dr. Francis: “Many professing Christians are really living like atheists.”
Peter: “Printing money is merely taxation in another form. Rather than robbing citizens of their money, government robs their money of its purchasing power. Many people assume that if government provides the funds we can spend our way back to prosperity. However, it's not money we lack but production. If the government simply prints money and doles it out, we will not be able to buy more stuff; we will simply pay higher prices. The only way to buy more is to produce more. It is production that creates purchasing power, not the printing press!”
Helmut: “Envy is the root of socialism and other forms of compulsory wealth distribution.” (From: ‘A theory of social behavior’).
Darryl Robert: “The birth of the United States was a unique event in history. No nation had ever declared so boldly and eloquently the rights of man in its Declaration of Independence. Nor has any nation so specifically set out to define the rights of its citizenry as safe, distinct and sacrosanct from the over-riding power of government.”
“The power of MYTH is extraordinary, correctly applied. The ignorant will believe themselves enlightened, and slaves will believe themselves free.”
”No paper money system has ever lasted. All have ended in failure and disaster and this present system will end the same way. No matter what efforts are exerted on behalf of paper money.”
“My study of the causes of the Great Depression, have led me to believe that America has now gone too far, to go back and avoid a depression. Americans, because of their foolishness, the duplicity of their leaders, or a combination thereof, are today incapable or unwilling to understand what is now about to occur. This lack of understanding however will not prevent its occurrence.”
“History is but the story of governmental tyranny in various guises.”
“The reason why pundits are popular is not because they tell the truth. Pundits are popular because they tell people what they want to hear, the truth not withstanding. The unpleasant truth is that the truth when unpleasant has never been popular.”
Arthur: “Each truth passes through three stages before being recognized – First it is ridiculed, second it is opposed, third it becomes obvious.”
Dr. Albert: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
“If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.”
“Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.”
“Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now – always.”
“I can do no other than to be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.”
“A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up”
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be truly happy, are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”
“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into flame, by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.”
“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind.”
“Do something wonderful, people might imitate it.”
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
Hans F: “To live beyond your means today is to live below them tomorrow.”
George Bernard: “You have a choice between the natural stability of gold and the honesty and intelligence of the members of government. And with all due respect for those gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, vote for gold."
Adam: “When national debts have once accumulated to a certain degree, there is scarce, I believe a single instance of their having been fairly and completely paid. The liberation of the public revenue if it has ever been brought about at all, has always been brought about by a bankruptcy, sometimes by an avowed one but always by a real one, though frequently by a pretended payment.”
James: “The greatest profits will be made by the long-term investor without margin, who is there when gold goes to four figures. Trading is a game won by a few, but lied about by many.”
“We have had two periods of hyperinflation in the USA. The first was the collapse of the currency, the ‘Continental’. The second was the collapse of the currency, the ‘Confederate Dollar’. The third is in process now”. (2009)
(King Solomon): “That which has been is what will be. That which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” 940 BC. Ecclesiastes 1:9.
Alexandr: “The western world has lost its civic courage. Such a decline in courage is especially noticeable among the ruling groups and the intellectual elite. People and governments need the courage to do the right thing.” (1978 speech at Harvard University).
W. E.: “What is the meaning of a gold standard and a redeemable currency? It represents integrity. It insures the people’s control over the government’s use of the public purse. It is the best guarantee against the socialization of a nation. It enables a people to keep the government and banks in check. It prevents currency expansion from getting ever farther out of bounds until it becomes worthless. It tends to force standards of honesty on government and bank officials. It is the symbol of a free society and an honorable government. It is a necessary prerequisite to economic health. It is the first economic bulwark of free men”.
C.H. (Pastor and author): “If you don’t have a burden for others to be saved, it is doubtful if you yourself are saved.”
“Morality may keep a person out of jail, but it requires a belief in Jesus Christ to keep a person out of hell.”
George Bernard: “The most important thing about money is for it to maintain its stability. You have to choose between trusting the natural stability of gold and the honesty and integrity of politicians. With all due respect, I advise you to vote for gold.”
Sir Josiah: “Banking was conceived in iniquity and born in sin. Bankers own the earth; take it away from them but leave them with the power to create credit; and, with a flick of a pen, they will create enough money to buy it back again. Take this power away from them and all great fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for then this world would be a happier and better world to live in. But if you want to be slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let the bankers control money and control credit." 1940, Sir Josiah Stamp, Director of the Bank of England.
Maurice: “The only way of saving the world may be for industrial civilization to collapse, deliberately seek poverty, and set levels of mortality.” (Canadian socialist and Gaia worshiper, quoted 9/1/97 in National Review).
Anthony, C. (Author): “Those entrapped by the herd instinct are drowned in the deluges of history. But there are always the few who observe, reason, and take precautions, and thus escape the flood. For these few, gold has been the asset of last resort.”
Dr. George: “In this world true joy can only come from a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ.”
Publius Cornelius (Roman Senator): “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous its laws.”
Sir John: “To buy when others are despondently selling, and sell when others are greedily buying, requires the greatest fortitude, and pays the greatest rewards.”
“It is impossible to produce a superior performance, unless you do something different from the majority.”
“Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria.”
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Margaret: “You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it.”
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you’ll get knocked down by the traffic on both sides.”
“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”
“It pays to know the enemy – not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.”
“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”
“The trouble with socialism is, sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.”
Norman M: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” He went on to say: “I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democrat Party has adopted our platform.”
Henry David: “We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.”
Harry S. (US 33rd President). “The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”
“The buck stops here.”
“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”
“Actions are the seeds of fate. Deeds grow into destiny.”
“My choices early in life were to be a piano player in a whorehouse --- or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”
Mark: “Few things are more irritating than when someone who is wrong; is also very effective in making his point.”
“Had I known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of my body.”
“If you do not read any newspapers you’re uninformed. If you read newspapers you’re misinformed.”
“History does not always repeat, but it often rhymes”.
“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce and brave man, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the thing that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Lao: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” (Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher)
U.S. SUPREME COURT:
“This is a religious country – it is a Christian nation.” (1892 Trinity Decision, 9 – 0, after 10 years of deliberation).
Paul: “In 1980 we neglected to control the price of gold – that was a mistake.”
“This is the mother of all financial crisis.” (Autumn 2008)
“Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – zero.” (1729).
Von Harnack, Professor Adolph (German theologian): “Christ’s grave was the birthplace of an indestructible belief that death is vanquished, and there is life eternal.”
Ludwig: “The planned economy is the most rigid system of enslavement history has ever known.”
”Socialism (modern liberalism) is not in the least what it pretends to be. It is not the pioneer of a better and finer world, but the spoiler of what thousands of years of civilization have created. It does not build; it destroys. For destruction is the essence of it. It produces nothing. It only consumes what the social order based on private ownership of the means of production has created.
A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death. A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings."
“In all countries where price inflation has been rapid, it has been observed that the decrease in the value of the money has increased faster than the increase in its quantity.”
“No one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interest of everyone hangs on the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us”.
“Under capitalism, men provide for themselves; while under Socialism they are provided for”.
“To the masses the catchwords of Socialism sound enticing... so they will continue to work for Socialism, helping thereby to bring about the inevitable decline of the civilization which the nations of the West have taken hundreds of years to build up”.
“Historically, bonds have always turned out to be ‘certificates of guaranteed confiscation’.”
“But then, finally, the masses wake up. They become suddenly aware of the fact that inflation is a deliberate policy and will go on endlessly. A breakdown occurs. The Crack- Up-Boom appears. Everybody is anxious to swap their money against "real" goods, whether he needs them or not, no matter how much money he has to pay for them. Within a very short time, within a few weeks or even days, the things which were used as money are no longer used as media of exchange. They become scrap paper. Nobody wants to give away anything against them.”
“There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion.”
“Governments will destroy free markets long before they ever understand how they work.”
Nick: (Born without arms and legs): “God won’t let anything happen to us in our life unless He has a good purpose for it all. I completely gave my life to Christ at the age of 15 after reading John 9. Jesus said that the reason the man was born blind was ‘so that the works of God may be revealed through him.’ ….I now see that glory revealed, as He is using me just the way I am, and in ways others can’t be used.”
Sam (Founder of Wal-Mart): “Individuals don’t win. Teams do.”
“Capital is not scarce; vision is.”
“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”
“There is only one boss; the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”
James Paul: “We shall have world government whether we like it or not. The only question is whether world government will be achieved by conquest or consent.” Speaking before the US Senate Feb 17/1950. (The Warburg family co-founded the US Federal Reserve in 1913).
Booker, T: “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.”
“Nothing ever comes to a person that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”
George, (First US President): “There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.”
“It would be impossible to govern without God and without the Ten Commandments.”
“You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention.” (President Washington in a letter to Delaware Indian Chiefs).
“Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.”
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is not justice, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.”
“Truth will ultimately prevail where there are pains to bring it to light.”
“If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
“To the distinguished character of a patriot, it ought to be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of a Christian.” (1778).
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”
“No generation has a right to contract debts greater than can be paid off during the course of its own existence.”
“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”
John: “Life’s tough – it’s even tougher if you’re stupid”.
Daniel: “Of all contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money.”
“There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
“God grants liberty only to those who love liberty.”
“We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper, not gold nor silver; no Sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors and a ruined people.”
John (Methodist Preacher): “Earn all you can, save all you can, give away all you can.”
James: “The greatest force in the arena of investing is FEAR. Even greed is a form of fear (of not having enough).”
“I generally avoid temptation – unless I can’t resist it.”
“It’s not the men in my life that counts; it’s the life in my men.”
“A man in the house is worth two in the street.”
“Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from.”
“Give a man a free hand and he’ll run it all over you.”
“It is better to be looked over than to be overlooked.”
Roger: “Markets are always pushed to the advantage of those in office, by those in office.”
Albert E.: “Humanity has always laughed at its saviors and stoned its prophets.”
Walter E: “If it were within my powers, I would pay members of Congress double the money they are now receiving. The condition would be to go home, and make no new laws.”
“The commodities China needs cause price inflation. The goods China produces cause price deflation.”
Woodrow: “I would rather fail in a cause I know some day will win, than win in a cause I know someday will fail”. (1856 – 1924, the 28th US President).
Bud: “The ends are often used as justifying the means, but …the ends tend to become means themselves.”
John (UCLA basketball coach): “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
“Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.”
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
“Be prepared and be honest.”
“It’s what you learn after you know it all, that counts.”
“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
“Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.”
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
W.B. (poet): “The best lacked all conviction, while the worst were full of passionate intensity” (Quoted in Judge Robert Bork’s book: ‘Sloughing towards Gomorra).
Dr. Ravi: “There is always in the heart of man the temptation to accelerate the course of destiny.”
Fareed: “For all of its abuses of power, the United States has been the creator and sustainer of the current order of open trade and democratic government … an order that has been benign and beneficial for the vast majority of humankind. As things change and as America’s role changes, that order could begin to fracture. The collapse of the dollar … to the point where there was no global reserve currency … would be a problem for the world just as much as for America. (Author of ‘the Post-American World.)
“It is important to come to the fountain of opportunity with a steam shovel, and not with a teaspoon.”
“The fear of loss is greater than the desire for gain.”
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It will only exist until voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.” (This quote has often been attributed to A.F. Tytler, a Scottish economist 1747 – 1814, but it cannot be traced in any of his writings).
“Contentment is not getting what we want, but being satisfied with what we have”.
“On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions, who at the dawn of victory, sat down to wait, and while waiting – died.”
“Much prayer - much power, little prayer - little power, no prayer - no power.”
“Thou shalt steal every good idea though cometh across.”
“What’s right is more important than who’s right.”
“A trend in motion remains in motion, until it is stopped.”
“The person who refuses to listen to criticism, denies himself the opportunity to learn from it.”
“Let me compose the songs a nation sings, and I care not who writes its laws.”
“Every great person has first learned how to obey, whom to obey, and when to obey.”
“Only one life, it’ll soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
“On the plains of hesitation lie the bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest, and while resting, died.”
“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, for that is where the fruit is”.
“Heaven is a prepared place, for a prepared people.”
“Winners never quit – quitters never win!”
“The Bible is the only book that, while you read it, it reads you.”
“Count your many blessing – and you’ll soon lose count.”
“Life is short – live for God.”
MOTTO’s, signs and bumper stickers.
Above three arches at the Milan Cathedral: “All that pleases is but for a moment” – “All that troubles is but for a moment” – “Only that which is eternal is important” (Translated).
“As you travel along through life brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut and not upon the hole”.
“The cowards did not start. The weak fell by the wayside. Only the strong survived. (Sign next to a covered wagon in Phoenix AZ).”