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Quotes on Politics, Democracy, etc.

What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people.  It’s not good at much else. – Tom Clancy It’s important to realize that whenever you give power to politicians or bureaucrats, it will be used for what they want, not for what you want. – Harry Browne Give government the weapons to fight your enemy and it will use them against you. – Harry Browne The State is the coldest of all cold monsters, and coldly it tells lies, and this lie drones on from its mouth: ‘I, the State, am the people’.…

On Hockey – from the Greats of the Game

Forget about style; worry about results. – Bobby Orr Every day is a great day for hockey. – Mario Lemieux Hockey is a tough game. – Bobby Orr You’ve got to love what you’re doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time. – Gordie Howe When you’re on the ice, you have very little time, you see very little, and everything happens really quick. – Steve Yzerman We take the shortest route to the puck and arrive in ill humor.…

By George’s Top-Ten Love Quotes

Our cupid wordsmiths at By George Journal humbly present their “Top-Ten Love Quotes” to quench your appetite for “bon-bons mots” on St. Valentine’s Day (our apologies for the pun). “Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery “Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.” – Voltaire “In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” – Janos Arnay “The entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one person.” – Vi Putnam “Treasure the love you receive…

20 Brian Tracy Quotes on Leadership

  “Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.”   “Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people”   “Leaders set high standards. Refuse to tolerate mediocrity or poor performance”   “Clarity is the key to effective leadership. What are your goals?”   “The best leaders have a high Consideration Factor. They really care about their people”   “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.”   “The key responsibility of leadership is to think about the future. No one else can do it for…

The (disturbing) instinct of Charles Bukowski

As cited in Wikiquotes, Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was a Los Angeles, California poet and novelist sometimes mistakenly associated with Beat Generation writers because of alleged similarities of style and attitude. Bukowski’s writing was heavily influenced by the geography and atmosphere of his home city of Los Angeles. He wrote more than fifty books and countless smaller pieces. For many artists today there is a real fascination with Charles Bukowski. He is one of America’s most honest writers, revealing raw, edgy insights that capture the naked truths of existence in our modern world. The scribes at By George have cherry picked…

Sideways quips on politics

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw 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. – Winston Churchill Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P.J. O’Rourke Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everybody else. – Frederic Bastiat I don’t make jokes. I just watch the…

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero (English byname Tully) was born in 106 BC in where is now Arpino, Italy. He was a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, and writer who vainly tried to uphold republican principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Roman Republic. His writings include books of rhetoric, orations, philosophical and political treatises, and letters. Above all, he considered politics of utmost importance, which should be effectively influenced by philosophy. He is remembered in modern times as the greatest Roman orator and innovator of what became known as Ciceronian rhetoric. Marcus Tullius Cicero was murdered by decree as an…

More of Napoleon’s bons mots

More insight from Napoleon Bonaparte: He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny. Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities. To do all that one is able to do is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do is to be a god. Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment. As to moral courage, I…

Napoleon on the art of governing and leadership

Here are By George’s favourite 10 quotes of Napoleon Bonaparte on the subject of governing and effective leadership: The art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs. A leader is a dealer in hope. The heart of a statesman should be in his head. Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. There are two levers for moving men – interest and fear. With audacity one can undertake anything. Ability is of little account without opportunity. The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will…

Quotes to inspire, motivate and provoke

Many will know that By George Journal regularly tweet quotes to inspire, motivate and provoke. Here are some of our latest “favourite” bons mots! “Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.” – Mark Twain “Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.” – Leonard Cohen “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” – Albert Einstein “You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – Anon. “It is never too late to become what…