Since Apr 6, 2001
"Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. And what a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of other people is even in the best case rather paltry and monotonous."
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
"The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency."
"And thus Bureaucracy, the giant power wielded by pygmies, came into the world"
-Honore de Balzac
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
"A Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of Government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that Democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a Dictatorship."
-a questionable quote that has been attributed to Alexander Fraser Tyler