Monday, September 21, 2009


"...idiots are always in favor of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favor of equality."
- George Bernard Shaw -

"The GOP only cares about costs when a government program is not lining the pockets of their corporate supporters."
- SJ of Random Thoughts, New York City -

"There are some oligarchs who make me want to bite them just as one crunches into a carrot or a radish."
- Evita Peron -

"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain."
- Mark Twain -

"If the Lored can see His way to bless the Republican Party the way it's been carrying on, then the rest of us ought to get it without even asking."
- Will Rogers (courtesy Burr Deming of Fair and Unbalanced) -

"Not being beautiful was the blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome."
- Golda Meir -

"Madness is hardness of spirit, when one seeks profit from all sources."
- Aristotle -

"In today's world, it is no longer unimaginable that business can compete - and even thrive - in an environmentally-friendly manner."
- Olympia Snowe -

""Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."
- Mahatma Gandhi -

"Tax the very wealthy to make everyone healthy!"
_ Vigilante, Sozadee, CA -

"As a rule, large capitalists are Republicans and small capitalists are Democrats, but workingmen remember that they are all politically supporting their class interests, and this is always and everywhere the capitalist class."
- Eugene V. Debs -

"Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe off your spectacles and see the world is moving."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton -

"I don't like to get the news, because there has never been an era when so many things are going so right for so many of the wrong persons."
- Ogden Nash -

"You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea."
- Benazir Bhutto -

"The oppressed never free themselves--they do not have the necessary strengths."
- Claire Booth Luce -

"There is not a man of us who at times does not need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother."
- Theodore Roosevelt -

"The Democrats and the Republicans are equally corrupt - it's only the amount where the Republicans excel."
- Will Rogers -

"Eminence demands that man is the only animal which devours its own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor."
- Thomas Jefferson -

"Republicans sleep in twin beds - some even in separate rooms. That is why there are more Democrats."
- Will Stanton -

"What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?"
- Abraham Lincoln -


Gwendolyn H. Barry said...

I really love these small moments of brilliance you expose! Esp when not much is really being said out in the general discourse ... of late.

Ta Jack! for today's inspiring moments.

Gwendolyn H. Barry said...

I look forward to these small moments of inspiration you post, Jack. Esp when the general discourse out there goes so effin flat. [not talking about blogosphere-talking about the lack of motion on getting anything done in DC.]

Ta Jack!

Gwendolyn H. Barry said...

ok...hey! not used to that...thought blogspot was loosing my comments... ok ... you having troubles with demento's? LOL I'm just comment happy today...

Stimpson said...

Then there's Mort Sahl's classic quip: "Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen."

Jack Jodell said...

That one is brilliant. Thanks, Stimpson!

Jack Jodell said...

Sorry---I accidentally put on the moderation feature for comments---will have to fix that!

Jack Jodell said...

Thanks, Gwendolyn. I like to delve into the wisdom of the ages on occasion, and especially to present the liberal Abe Lincoln's comments, since today's ultra-conservative GOP loves to paradoxically call thesmselves the "party of Lincoln." Just another fact they've severely misinterpreted...

SJ said...

This is a great collection of observations. (I'm humbled by the inclusion btw)
Everytime you aggregate one of these collected masterworks of perspectives from different time periods, it inspires me to read more Gandhi, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt et al.
There seemed to be some very hard thinking going on all over the place at one time in our country and all over the world.
Now policy makers think "twittering" is communication... yet no one today is microblogging statements like the ones you just posted.

TomCat said...

Love these, Jack. Isn't it ironic that Abe Lincoln and TR were both Republicans, even though they kicked TR out for his progressive reforms. How far that party has fallen!

Jack Jodell said...

I think all of us in the blogosphere are glad you are such a voracious reader of such quality material! And it IS too bad that we lack deep, quality thinkers in government today. The signs of this are all around us!
It never ceases to amaze me how the GOP started out as a progressive party, but not even 20 years into their existence became foever damned to the corruption of banks and big business (with the brief exception of the Teddy Roosevelt years). That's why I always laugh when I hear modern-day Repubs talk with reverence about Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.

Oso said...

Hi Jack,
just dropped by to say Hello.

Stimpson, that is a great line.I was happily surprised to find Mort Sahl is still alive and feisty as ever.

Jack Jodell said...

Hello, Oso!
That Mort Sahl comment Stimpson provided does indeed say it all. Thanks for visiting---you are always welcome! :)