Quotables - Thoughts For Food

Here are some random quotes offered as “Thoughts For Food” - mental food to feed the mind and improve one's life:

Edmund Burke:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Barbara Bush:
“Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”

George Eliot:
“Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?”

Lady Bird Johnson:
“While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.”

Professor Joseph Olson, Hamline University of Law, St. Paul, MN:
“In the 2000 presidential election:
Population of counties won by Gore 127 million, by Bush 143 million
Sq. miles of country won by Gore 580,000, by Bush 2,427,000
States won by Gore 19, by Bush 29
Murder per 100,000 residents in counties won by Gore 13.2, Bush 2.1
And may I add that the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the people of this great country — not the citizens living in cities owned by the government and living off the government.”

Alexander Tyler, Scots Historian Professor, circa 1787, Re: The Fall of the Athenian Republic:
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.
“The average age of the world's greatest civilization has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence. From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance, from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back into bondage.”