From what I have said of the natives of New Holland they may appear to some to be the most wretched people upon earth but in reality they are far happier than we Europeans, being wholly unacquainted not only with the superfluous, but— James Cook
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Other than sex, two things bring people together; economic transactions and booze.
It's easier to have faith in yourself if you have faith in God.
The decline and fall of a civilization is barely noticed by most of its citizens.
Apparently there's nothing more dangerous than a religious criminal.
Hardly anything works out as well as we hope.
Government employees move up the ladder through educational credentials rather than merit. People are given jobs and promotions based on seniority, race and gender rather than ability or talent. Such a system often overlooks the deserving and rewards the incompetent. There is no payoff for achievement.
A business owner who is liberal probably inherited the business.
You cannot rectify grievances from the past with today's charity.
The universality of tattooing is a curious subject for speculation.
Never underestimate the totality of chaos and betrayal that comes through currency debasement.
Government is not using modern technology so much to modernize and improve services as it is to regulate, punish, collect taxes and keep an eye on us. They'd rather rule than serve.
When wildlife damages agriculture we eliminate the wildlife.
Rather we should eliminate agriculture when it damages wildlife.
Governments without separation of powers commit the worst crimes.
I could not help concluding, that this man felt the most supreme pleasure, while he was driven on, so fast and so smoothly, by the sea.
Gifted women musicians and composers rarely received their due.
You can't suffer over two things at once.
Our contemporary brand of socialism has one fatal flaw.
It's too expensive. When you try to shower benefits on so many recipients, you eventually must resort to subterfuge. Foremost among those tricks is money and credit expansion. Inevitably, you debase your currency.
Subsidies have changed the way the nation behaves.
To use ones religion as a rationalization for lack of financial success demeans that faith.
Inflation makes the wealthiest people richer and the masses poorer.
We are destroying capitalism to pay for socialism.
When your mind tries to verify a preconceived notion you can miss the obvious.
Government does the least good and the most harm through subsidies.
The purer the application of socialism, the worse the results, the purer the application of capitalism, the better the results.
Memory doesn't erase. The recall ability fails.
All the warnings the founding fathers gave us about government proved to be true. We should have listened.
Time flies when you're running out of money.
A free ride is life's most difficult journey.
Inequality promotes progress.
What is more simple than to believe in God? Its very simplicity argues the case.
What is written is more influential than what is said.
Prayer is futility when compared to belief.
Liberals fostered the subsidies that have converted so many citizens to helplessness. They have made high taxes and big government a way of life. They have corrupted the politicians into believing that in order to be elected to office, they must dispense benefits.
Living your life constructs your soul, not a few seconds of daily prayer.
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results, then liberalism is a form of insanity.
The thing that distinguishes permanent poverty is bad character.
The American people have come to rely on the government for their security.
They will find out how incompetent the government is when they no longer have security.
In the polling booth narrow self interest wins out over lofty principles.
Liberals believe and inexhaustible fund exists that can be tapped endlessly to pay for government social programs. Tax the rich and give it to a long line of moochers, pork barrel hustlers and ne'er-do-wells. These funds would otherwise have been employed as additional capital indispensable to economic progress.
Hiring quotas reduce efficiency.
Self interest feeds more people than self sacrifice.
Taxes cause the most bad business decisions.
To be a good manager of people requires both fairness and bluntness.
Those who think profit is a dirty word should try to make one.
Capitalists have done more good for society through their charitable giving, philanthropy and generosity than all their critics combined.
Money will always turn up when there is a potential for profit.
We evolved without social welfare and we are equipped to solve our problems without it.
Advice from others is always filtered through self interest.
Taking money from job creating entrepreneurs and giving it to ever-failing government programs has to be the ultimate in economic illiteracy.