The other day I saw another collection of short, witty, anti-government quotes titled “Great Truths”. A number of people have reposted the list. One problem, though: it’s full of misattributions, quotes taken out of context, and outright fabrications. Using these kinds of quotes is a worthless ploy to rally people behind cheap, populist causes without question.
Here are a few of the problems with the list, just to name a few:
In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. — John Adams
If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. — Mark Twain
I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. — Winston Churchill
“Will the shutting out of foreign goods increase the total amount of wealth in this country? Can foreign nations grow rich at our expense by selling us goods under cost price? Can a people tax themselves into prosperity? Can a man stand in a bucket and lift himself up by the handle?”
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. — George Bernard Shaw
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. — G. Gordon Liddy
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. — Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. — Frederic Bastiat, French economist (1801-1850)
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free! — P.J. O’Rourkeand
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. — Voltaire (1764)
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you! — Pericles (430 B.C.)
No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. — Mark Twain (1866)
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. — Winston Churchill
In the present case, where an overwhelming majority of Service men and women would gain the blessings, can we not unite on the broad democratic principle of “the greatest good of the greatest number”?