Quotes to reflect upon


"Love me or hate me, both are in my favour. If you love me, I'll always be in your heart. If you hate me, I'll always be in your mind"

William J. H. Boetcker
1916 (often attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

"You cannot strengthen the weak, by weakening the strong
You cannot help the small men, by tearing down the big men
You cannot help the poor, by destroying the rich
You cannot help 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 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 be doing for themselves."

Margaret Thatcher
"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."

George Bernard Shaw
"Write your Sad times in Sand.
Write your Good times in Stone. "

John Keats
"It's better to lose your Ego to the one you Love,
than to lose the one you LOVE because of EGO. "

Benjamin Franklin
"One today is worth two tomorrows."

Charles Dickens
"A man is lucky if he is the first love of a Woman.
A woman is lucky if she is the last love of a man. "

Vivian Greene
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning to dance in the rain."

Albert Schweitzer
"Sometimes our candle goes out, but is blown into flame by an encounter with another human being."

J. Lubbock
"When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace."
Henry Ford
"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."

"Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard."

Katharine Graham
"To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun?"

Bill Meyer
"Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting golden delicious. "

Zig Ziglar
"You can have anything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want."

Abraham Lincoln
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Benjamin Franklin
"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle."

Winston Churchill
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
"What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."

Wayne Gretsky
"You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

Frederick B. Wilcox
"Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first."

Chinese Proverb
"A journey of a thousand miles begins within a single step."

Stephen Covey
"The key is not to prioritize what's on the schedule, but to schedule your priorities."

John Norley
"All things are difficult before they are easy."  

Will Rogers
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. "

Joseph Addison
"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

George Bernard Shaw
"He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career."

Sir Winston Churchill
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

Ayn Rand (1905-1982)
"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."

Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
"No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear."

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
"The function of the true state is to impose the minimum restrictions and safeguard the maximum liberties of the people,
and it never regards the person as a thing."

Ronald Reagan
“The time has come to match outgo to income, instead of always doing it the other way around.”

Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)
What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

Mark Twain
"If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the
newspaper you are misinformed."

Mark Twain
"Suppose you were an idiot.
And suppose you were a member of Congress....
But then I repeat myself."

Winston Churchill
"I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like
a man, standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."

George Bernard Shaw
"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the
support of Paul."

G Gordon Liddy
"A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which
debt he proposes to pay off with your money."

James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on
what to have for dinner."

Douglas Casey
"Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in
rich countries to rich people in poor countries."

P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys
to teenage boys."

Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)
"Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavours to
live at the expense of everybody else."

Ronald Reagan (1986)
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it. And
If it stops moving, subsidize it."

Will Rogers
"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."

P.J. O'Rourke
"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it
costs when it's free!"

Voltaire (1764)
"In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as
possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other."

Pericles (430 B.C.)
"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean
Politics won't take an interest in you!"

Mark Twain (1866)
"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in

"Talk is cheap...except when Parliament does it."

Ronald Reagan
"The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite
at one end and no responsibility at the other."

Winston Churchill
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings.
The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery."

Mark Twain
"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the
taxidermist leaves the skin."

Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to
fill the world with fools."

Thomas Jefferson
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong"
enough to take everything you have.

Alexander Hamilton
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. "

Jim Elliot
” He is no fool, who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Winston Churchill
“Never give in! Never give in! Never, Never, Never, Never -in nothing great or small, large or petty
– Never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”

Milton Friedman economist  (1912-2006)
"One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”

Albert Camus
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t,
than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there is.”

Alexander Hamilton - speech to the New York Ratifying Convention, 1788
"As riches increase and accumulate in few hands,
as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth,
and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard.
This is the real disposition of human nature; it is what neither the honorable member nor myself can correct.
It is a common misfortunate that awaits our State constitution, as well as all others."

Columnist John Stossel
"In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson called the pursuit of happiness an unalienable right.
This was a radical idea. For most of history, most people didn't think much about pursuing happiness.
They were too busy just trying to survive.
Then came the liberal revolution based on the idea of individual freedom.
Only then did they start thinking that happiness might be possible on earth.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, the right to pursue happiness has been perverted,
into a government-backed entitlement to happiness."

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost”

Paul Johnson
"The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance.
It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions,
which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before,
not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be,
at great human cost, wholly false."

John Veschini, 1945 -2014 - and still going strong!
"Let us not judge today, the people of yesterday, unless we were there - yesterday, or, by all means,
let us learn from history, from the mistakes and the accomplishments and out of that which we have learned,
 let us try to make a better world for all of us and for our children?"

Samuel Smiles, Scottish author and reformer
"Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us."

John Veschini - 1945 - 2014 and still going strong!
"Living in the country affords one the opportunity to never to lose one's sense of humour. Why?
Because we have a little more time than those in the city to reflect upon words said,
nuances made, things people do, how they react and a chance to have a friendly greeting with someone,
and, yet to still quip about something?.  We may appear to be simple folk,  but we have a different set of values and enjoy them better than the folks is the city.
but we are and must be able to laugh at things at life and laugh with and at each other?"

“All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.”

"A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own."

"The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates and regulates"

James Dale Davidson
"When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.."

Benjamin Franklin
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), First Inaugural Adress, 1801
"Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle."

Milton Friedman economist (1912-2006)
"A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ...
gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want.
underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."

Will Rogers American humorist (1879-1935)
"Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, that don't hurt anybody.
When they do something is when they become dangerous."

Winston Churchill
“Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk.
Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.”

Thomas Jefferson
"A wise and frugal government ... shall restrain men from injuring one another,
shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement,
and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."

Ayn Rand (1905-1982)--author and philosopher
"The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time."
Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)--French economist

Benjamin Franklin
"Work as if you were to live 100 Years, Pray as if you were to die To-morrow."

Albert Einstein
"The world is a dangerous place,
not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing".

On 21 October 1949, Huxley wrote to George Orwell, author of Nineteen Eighty-Four,
congratulating him on "how fine and how profoundly important the book is". In his letter to Orwell, he predicted;
"Within the next generation I believe that the world's leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient,
as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied,
 by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging them and kicking them into obedience"

John Adams
"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress."

Mark Twain
"There is no distinctly Native American criminal class, save Congress."

Edward Langley - Artist (1928-1995)
"What this country needs are more unemployed politicians"

Thomas Jefferson
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."

"When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them,
and, when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for,
that is the beginning of the end of any nation!"

Cicero, 55 BC
"The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, Public Debt should be reduced;
the arrogance of Officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed,
lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on Public Assistance."

Leighton Smith
"The further a society drifts from truth the more it hates those that speak it"

Aesop, Greek slave & fable author
"We hang petty thieves and appoint the bigger thieves to public office."

Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher
"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber."

Nikita Khrushchev, Russian Soviet politician
"Politicians are the same all over the world, they promise to build a bridge even where there is no river."

Quoted in 'Clarence Darrow for the Defense' by Irving Stone
"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it."

John Quinton, American actor/writer
"Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel."

Oscar Ameringer, "the Mark Twain of American Socialism."
"Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other."

Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952.
"I offered my opponents a deal: "if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them".

Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman
"A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country."

Charles de Gaulle, French general & politician
"I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."

Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, 1902-1981)
"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks."

John F. Kennedy
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

Viscount Simonds
“After the event, even a fool is wise. But it is not the hindsight of a fool, it is the
foresight of the reasonable man which alone can determine responsibility.”

Leighton Smith
"The further a society drifts from truth the more it hates those that speak it"

Mark Twain
"Sale away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover"

Bill Meyer
"Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting golden delicious. "

Nelson Mandela (Madiba)
1. ‘I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.’
2. ‘A leader. . . is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realising that all along they are being directed from behind.’
3. ‘For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.’
4. ‘I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.’
5. ‘While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.’
6. ‘I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal, which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’
7. ‘It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.’
8. ‘If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man.’
9. ‘I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.’
10. ‘Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.’
11. ‘Difficulties break some men but make others.’
12. ‘Great anger and violence can never build a nation. We are striving to proceed in a manner and towards a result, which will ensure that all our people, both black and white, emerge as victors.’
13. ‘I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.’
14. ‘If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.’
15. ‘Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.’
16. ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.’ – Mandela quoting Marianne Williamson
17. ‘I learnt that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’
18. ‘I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.’
19. ‘For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.’
20. ‘Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.’
21. ""Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it."
What we choose to live for, risk for, give ourselves to, is the thing that gives our lives meaning. When it's children, we create a family. And when it's our fellow human beings, we create a much bigger family. Those threatened by Ebola are calling for our help. Do we swallow our fear and answer? In this moment, we choose. And by our choice, create the world we dream of, one where every one of us is a precious member of one people, one human family.

David Cameron
To quote British Prime Minister David Cameron: ‘A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero not just of our time, but of all time.’

Antisthenes, Greek philosopher of Athens, disciple of Socrates (445-365bc)
“There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself – an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly”

Dr. Albert Schweitzer sighed...
After spending half a century in the steamy Congo, selflessly healing Africans, “The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.”

George Bernard Shaw
"Write your Sad times in Sand, Write your Good times in Stone"

Albert Schweitzer
"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity"

The Serenity Prayer was authored by the American theologian Rienhold Niebuhr (1892-1971).
The short version is:- "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference".

Albert Einstein
“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”

T E Laurence (of Arabia)

“Mankind has had ten-thousand years of experience at fighting and if we must fight, we have no excuse for not fighting well.”

TE Laurence

“The fringes of their deserts were strewn with broken faiths.”



“In the darkness of barbarism men knew the truth without the facts. In the twilight of half-civilization, they saw the truth illuminating the facts. In the full blaze and radiance of complete civilization they found all the facts and lost the truth forever.”

(Pres. Paul Kruger, Paardekraal, 16 Desember 1891)

“Den 27sten Februarij van elk jaar, de Gedenkdag van den Slag bij Amajuba,  zal in ’t vervolg een publieke feestdag en een dag van verootmoediging voor den Heer zijn, voor de groote dingen op dien dag aan het volk gedaan.”  
Daarom is Majubadag 'n volksnasionale herdenkingsdag vir ons volk.
2015 is ook die 200-jarige herdenking van die Slagtersnek opstand

"Hier, toe ons in benoudheid verkeer het, het elkeen 'n klip opgeneem en dit op hierdie plek gegooi as 'n gedenkteken tussen ons en die Here. Daarmee is die Gelofte van Bloedrivier hier hernuwe... Ons het nie hier gekom om ander sake te bespreek nie, maar om die dade van God te verkondig, om ons geloftes te betaal, om van God se groot goedertierenheid oor ons, te praat."

Toe Dr. DF Malan die Voortrekkermonument op 16 Desember 1949 geopen het, het hy as volg gespreek:
“Volk van Suid-Afrika, u wat met trots op u bors slaan, en uself ‘n Afrikaner noem, waar gaan jy heen? Sal Suid Afrika nou en altyd, sal u vir uself en vir u kinders die uitdaging aanneem en moedig en vasberade u taak aanvaar; Waarheen Suid Afrika? "

Winston Churchill 1899.

"Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world."  Has it changed?

Vladimir Putin 2003

"negotiating with Mugabe is like playing chess with a pidgeon. The pidgeon knocks over all the peices, shits on the board and then struts around like it won the game".

Ambrose Bierce

"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret."

Martin Luther King Jn.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Oscar Wilde
“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.”

Sir Winston Spencer Churchill (The River War , first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammed-anism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

Martin Luther King Jr.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and conveniece, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Citizen Movement activist Mamphela Ramphele
“You can never get good goverance if the citizen is not at the centre.”