The Chew Archives
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.
--Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator, writer (106-43 BCE)
"The truth is incontrovertible,
malice may attack it,
ignorance may deride it,
but in the end; there it is."
--Sir Winston Churchill, Statesman
Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.
--Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE)
May you never want for wine nor a friend to help drink it.
"Oh, how small a portion of earth will hold us when we are dead, who ambitiously seek after the whole world while we are living!"
--Philip of Macedon, king, father of Alexander the Great (382-336 BCE)
"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."
--William J. H. Boetcker (often attributed to Lincoln)
"I protect my right to be a Catholic by preserving your right to believe as a Jew, a Protestant, or non-believer, or as anything else you choose. We know that the price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that they might some day force theirs on us."
--Mario Cuomo, 52nd Governor of New York (b. 1932)
"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."
--Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
-- Winston Churchill
"Eminent posts make great men greater and little men less."
--Jean de la Bruyere, essayist and moralist (1645-1696)
"In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the anti-American sentiment and negativity, we should remember England's Prime Minister Tony Blair's words during a recent interview. When asked by one of his Parliament members why he believes so much in America, he said:
"A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in... And how many want out." Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad."
--Theodore Roosevelt, Twenty-sixth US president (1858-1919)
"I am aware that no man is a villain in his own eyes."
--James Baldwin, writer (1924-1987)
"Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others."
--Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)
"Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door"
--Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893)
"For money you can have everything it is said. No that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money."
--Arne Garborg, writer (1851-1924)