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In a major matter, no details are small.

French proverb
Si vis pacem, para bellum - If you want peace, prepare for war.

Roman proverb
A little axe can cut down a big tree.

Jamaican proverb
He who lives without discipline dies without honor.

Icelandic proverb
He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.

Jewish proverb
If things are getting easier, maybe you're headed downhill.

Ghanian proverb
He who would enjoy the fruit must not spoil the blossoms.

Gaelic proverb
What is new is pleasing and what is old is satisfying.

Cuban proverb
He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.

Brazilian proverb
If you shoot your arrows at stones, you will damage them.

Austrian proverb
Clouds that thunder do not always rain.

Armenian proverb
A dog that barks all the time gets little attention.

Argentinian proverb
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.

African proverb
Some people are like blisters; they never show up till the work is almost done.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

attributed to Ambrose Redmoon
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

Cherokee saying
A cow owned by many will be well milked and badly fed.

Spanish proverb
Most important things aren't exciting. Most exciting things aren't important. Not every problem has a good solution.

quoted by Jacques Barzun in Begin Here: The Forgotten Conditions of Teaching and Learning
SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes one of them and gives it to your neighbor. COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives you part of the milk. CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk. SOCIALISM...

Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.

Arab proverb
He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.

Latin proverb
If the sailors become too numerous, the ship sinks.

Arab proverb
It is folly to sing twice to a deaf man.

English proverb
To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.

Chinese proverb
The drowning man is not troubled by rain.

Persian proverb
It is honourable to be accused by those who deserve to be accused.

Latin proverb
Everyone must row with the oars he has.

English proverb
Always drink upstream from the herd.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.

A man of character does not pick and chose when he applies his principles. He applies them in every situation.

Great opportunities come to those who make the most of small ones.

It is more prudent to choose what one says than to say what one chooses.

The best thing parents can spend on their children is time, not money.

Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Always remember you are unique. Just like everyone else.

Pro is to con as progress is to Congress.

When policy fails try thinking.

There is nothing wrong with having nothing to say - unless you insist on saying it.

When losing, say little; when winning, say less.

Election campaign mantra of the perennially-winning Liberal Party of Canada, quoted in "Debunking the Cult of Warren" by Paul Wells, published in the National Post
Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.

What you don't see with your eyes, don't invent with your mouth.

Jewish proverb
When a nation's government becomes more fearful of its citizens' rights than protective of them, that nation's future is only despotism and extinction.

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.

African proverb
For a trivial goal, any hardship is great; for a great goal, any hardship is trivial.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Chinese proverb
Grassroots can grow through concrete.

attributed to Jim DePoe in Jim Warren's GovAccess e-newsletter
Moderation in all things including moderation. To be truly moderate, you must be extreme in some things.

attributed to Valerie Whitcomb
The trouble with the laws these days is that criminals know their rights better than their wrongs.

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.

Chinese proverb
Without a vision, the people perish.

Proverbs 29:18
There are four things every person has more of than they know: sins, debt, years, and foes.

Persian proverb
Above everything, we are Canadian.

inscription on a statue of Sir George Etienne Cartier on Canada's Parliament Hill
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.

Kenyan proverb
Different fields, different grasshoppers; different seas, different fish.

Indonesian proverb
The tree casts its shade upon all, even upon the woodcutter.

Hindustani proverb
Injuria non excusat injuriam - One wrong does not justify another

Veritas est justitiae mater - Truth is the mother of justice

The six miracles of socialism: There is no unemployment, but no one works; No one works, but everyone gets paid; Everyone gets paid, but there is nothing to buy; No one can buy anything, but everyone owns everything; Everyone owns everything, but no one is satisfied; No one is satisfied, but 99 percent of the people voted for the system.

The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

Swedish proverb
Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.

Life is like drawing without an eraser.

Mañana is often the busiest day of the week.

Spanish proverb
Democracy is an institution in which the whole is equal to the scum of its parts.

With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.

Russian proverb
Once the game is done, both the king and the pawn go back into the same box.

Italian proverb
A thousand probabilities don't make one fact.

Italian proverb
One does evil enough when one does nothing good.

German proverb
He who tells the truth needs one foot in the stirrup.

Armenian proverb
It takes a whole village to raise a child.

African proverb, interpreted by Hillary Clinton to mean that meddling governments need to be involved
Even the lion has to defend itself against flies.

African proverb
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

attributed to Robert Byrne
Anyone can count the seeds in an apple. No one can count the apples in a seed.

Injustice will not be destroyed until those who are not affected by it are just as outraged as those who are.

God is dead but fifty-thousand social workers have risen to take His place.

Hard work has future payoff. Laziness pays off now.

The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.

You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts.

Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.

French proverb
Communication - shared meaning and shared understanding - can happen only when defenses are dissolved by a consistent focus on strengths.

1990 - from a Dun and Bradstreet business training course
Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.

We learn from history that we do not learn anything from history.

To beat the system, turn the handle the way it goes--only more so.

A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

If you don't care where you are, then you aren't lost... until you begin to care.

Creative thinking is no substitute for hard work.

Silence is the language of complicity.

It's always easy to see both sides of an issue we are not particularly concerned about.

Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they can understand.

attributed to Stanislaus Lec
Hold your nose, but vote.

attributed to Paula Dwyer
It's not good for all of our wishes to be fulfilled. Through sickness, we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.

attributed to William White
A well-beaten path does not always make the right road.

You've got to hand it to the tax people. If you don't, they'll come and get it.

If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

No cause is helpless if it is just. Errors, no matter how popular, carry the seeds of their own destruction.

attributed to John Scoville
A conservative is a liberal that's been mugged. A libertarian is a conservative that's been audited.

Voting is free...but not voting can be very costly.

There's only one thing that costs more than education today--the lack of it.

Democracy is the rule of the easily manipulated mob.

The chief deduction most people make from their income tax is that government costs too darned much.

attributed to Walt Streightiff
Democracy is like two wolves and ninety-eight sheep voting on what to have for dinner. The good news is that there are three or four choices on the menu. The bad news is that each dish includes mutton, although alternative methods of cooking may be employed. [The wolves' strategy involves writing the menu, bribing a minority of sheep for their support, making fraudulent claims, and relying on sheep acting like sheep...]

attributed to Steve Withrow
It ain't charity if you are using someone else's money.

Truth is by its very nature intolerant, exclusive, for every truth is the denial of its opposing error.

attributed to Luthard
A closed mind is like a closed book, just a block of wood.

Chinese proverb
When [erstwhile and wistful Canadian Prime Minister] Joe Clark comes into a room, Conservatives can't make up their minds whether to stand up or to send him out for coffee.

The ultimate result of shielding men from the results of folly is to fill the world with fools.

Wisdom does not live in only one house.

Ashanti proverb
Joe Clark [erstwhile and wistful Canadian Prime Minister]: the day-before-yesterday's man.

A communist is a man who has nothing and wishes to share it with the world.

One way to reduce taxes is to hold elections every year because there never seem to be tax increases in an election year.

Every private citizen has a public responsibility.

attributed to Myra Daniels
Conclusions come about when one gets tired of thinking.

We [government officials] lie to you by not telling you things. We don't lie by telling you things that aren't true.

Federal aid is just like a man getting a blood transfusion by taking the blood out of his right arm, putting it in his left arm, and spilling about half of it on the way over.

attributed to Syndey Herlong Jr.
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Death and taxes will always be with us - but at least death doesn't get worse.

When a conservative hears of someone in dire straits, he reaches into his pocket. When a liberal hears of the same, he dips into the pockets of the taxpayers.

A concept is stronger than a fact.

To get nowhere, follow the crowd.

Politics: n. [Poly "many" + tics "blood-sucking parasites"]

A conservative sees a man drowning fifty feet from shore, throws him twenty-five feet of rope, and tells him to start swimming. A liberal will throw him fifty feet of rope, then drop his end, saying he has to go off to do another good deed.

They that govern the most make the least noise.

attributed to John Seldon, 1689
He who hates, hates himself.

Zulu proverb
Today's public opinion, though it may appear light as air, may become tomorrow's legislation - for better or for worse.

attributed to Earl Newsome
Some people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves.

attributed to Peter McArthur
The politician was campaigning through the South and stopped at one cabin. 'My, you have a fine family - eighteen boys!' he told the man in the cabin. 'All good Democrats I suppose?' 'Well,' the man said, 'I tried to bring 'em up right, and they're all good Christians, and all but Sam is Democrats - that ornery cuss, he got to readin'.'

1973 - from Ozark Mountain Humour, edited by W.K. McNeil
The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.

Hungarian proverb
Ask the experienced rather than the learned.

Arab proverb
Nothing is politically right when it is morally wrong.

The law respects form less than substance.

attributed to the California Civil Code, "Maxims of Jurisprudence"
We must live as we think, otherwise we shall end up by thinking as we live.

attributed to Paul Bourget in Le Demon de Midi
I wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called 'brightness,' but that doesn't work.

Reforms come from the bottom. No man with four aces requests a new deal

Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

A liberal is one who loves the world, but hates his neighbors.

After all is said and done, a lot more has been said than done.

The open-minded see the truth in different things: the narrow-minded see only the differences.

A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man made perfect without trials.

Chinese proverb
A man should have a child, plant a tree and write a book.

Chinese proverb
Liberals want things to be fool-proof, but what most liberals seem not to understand is that a fool-proof society tends to create fools.

Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true.

Polish proverb
A little experience often upsets a lot of theory.

Attributed to Cadman
Old truths, old laws, old boots, old books, and old friends are the best.

Polish proverb
If Patrick Henry thought that taxation without representation was bad, he should see how bad it is with representation.

from The Farmer's Almanac
Don't use a big word where a diminutive one will suffice.

A welfare state is what happens when you let a government of the people and for the people BUY the people.

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.

Slovenian proverb
One of the disadvantages of our democracy is the minority has the say and the majority has to pay.

Numbers are like people; torture them enough and they'll tell you anything.

To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.

To guess is cheap. To guess wrongly is expensive.

Chinese proverb
Democracy is the form of government where everyone gets what the majority deserves.

It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.

[Examples of "proof" too frequently offered] Proof by accumulated evidence: Long and diligent search has not revealed a counterexample. Proof by eminent authority: I saw Karp in the elevator and he said it was probably complete. Proof by funding: How could three different government agencies be wrong? Proof by importance: A large body of useful consequences all follow from the proposition in question. Proof by intimidation: Trivial. Proof by omission: The reader may easily supply the details. The other 253 cases are analogous.

Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions.

Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.

Those who do not do politics will be done in by politics.

Lawlessness is the condition in which your adversary refers you to a law he made.

It's called take home pay because there's no other place you can afford to go with it.

The Constitution may not be perfect, but it's a lot better than what the government's using these days.

In great matters men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small matters, as they are.

attributed to Gamaliel Bradford
Freedom has a special meaning for those of us who have fought for it, that the protected shall never know.

attributed to an unidentified U.S. Marine at the siege at Khe Sahn, Vietnam. Published by Tom Vorwald and Detachment #651 Marine Corps League
What can't be cured, must be endured.

Socialism is communism without the firing squad.

seen on a bumper sticker
Think. It ain't illegal yet.

attributed to George Clinton
[Canada] An amalgam of provinces and territories with independent governments united by mutual resentment.

The problem with the global village is all the global village idiots.

attributed to P. Ginsparg
Only when the questions become more important than the answers will the solutions emerge.

The man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.

Chinese proverb
When you don't have an education, you have to use your brains.

attributed to Frank Baer
In the November 5, 1996 presidential election, the United States citizenry voted 49% for Bill Clinton and 41% for Bob Dole. The day before, in an ABC News poll, Americans were asked if they believed President Clinton was trustworthy. Fifty percent said no, 39% said yes. They were asked in the same poll if they believed it was more important for the President to have good character or to care about them. Fifty percent said being cared about by their President was more important. Thirty-two percent said good character in their President was more important.

quoted by John Seitzler on HISCharacter.com
Mob rule isn't any prettier merely because the mob calls itself a government.

... idealism is sometimes the only way to achieve an important practical result. Some [people] will take this idealism seriously, and come to value their freedom strongly enough to help defend it when it is threatened. And that is what our community needs more than anything else.

Apr. 6, 1999 - attributed to Richard M. Stallman
Two monologues do not make a dialogue.

Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.

German proverb
If two people agree on everything, one of them isn't thinking.

Knowledge is not what you can remember, but what you cannot forget.

Only a fool tests the depth of a river with both feet.

African proverb
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.

attributed to Edgar J. Mohn
Politicians are like electricity - they take the path of least resistance.

attributed to Leroy Meier
He who will, cannot , he who can, will not; he who does, knows not, and he who knows, does not - and thus the world runs badly.

quoted by William Gairdner
Fascism doesn't start with concentration camps... that's where it ends.

attributed to Jon Bishop
The believer is happy; the doubter is wise.

Hungarian proverb
The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect.

All progress stems from change but all change is not necessarily progress.

Climb mountains to see lowlands.

Chinese proverb
The unlived life is not worth examining.

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

There is nothing wrong with a good political joke...until it gets elected.

Human nature is not decided by majority vote.

Never swap horses crossing a stream.

American proverb
The decision doesn't have to be logical, it was unanimous.

A fellow can't keep people from having a bad opinion of him, but he can keep them from being right about it.

Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.

A half truth is a whole lie.

Yiddish proverb
There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement.

God works good, and always by degrees. The devil, on the other hand, is bent on mischief, and always in a hurry

Those who attack the rationale of the game, and not the players, are its most formidable adversaries.

attributed to James M. Martin
Socialism is workable only in heaven where it isn't needed and in hell where they've got it.

attributed to Cecil Palmer
We owe it to our ancestors to preserve entire those rights which they have delivered to our care; we owe it to our posterity not to suffer their dearest inheritance to be destroyed.

1769 - attributed to On This Day
Integrity is a lot like oxygen, the higher you get the less there is of it.

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength but by perseverance.

Federal aid is just like a man getting a blood transfusion by taking the blood out of his right arm, putting it in his left arm, and spilling about half of it on the way over.

attributed to Sydney Herlong Jr.
We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them.

1918 - attributed to a speaker at a meeting of Communist Party educators in Russia
The most complicated task today is finding a way to live a simple life.

attributed to W.A. Nance
That which does not appear to exist is to be regarded as if it did not exist.

attributed to the California Civil Code, "Maxims of Jurisprudence"
If we stop caring about our heroes, we stop caring about what they died for.

attributed to Ralph Harris
Cynic: one who not only reads bitter lessons from the past, but who is prematurely disappointed with the future.

You can't control the length of your life, but you can control its width and depth.

Practice safe government. Use kingdoms.

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

The chief cause of problems is solutions.

98% of all statistics are made up.

If the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain.

If you're not lighting any candles, don't complain about the dark.

It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before.

A socialist is merely a thief who's got the government to go along with him.

attributed to Darwin Branch
In politics, friends may come and go but enemies accumulate.

Most people, when they come to you for advice, want their opinions strengthened, not corrected.

Ubi dubium ibi libertas: Where there is doubt, there is freedom.

Latin proverb
Theory without practice is dead, and practice without theory is blind.

Politicians say they're beefing up our economy. Most don't know beef from pork.

attributed to Harold Lowman
The welfare state reduces a citizen to a client, subordinates them to a bureaucrat, and subjects them to rules that are anti-work, anti-family, anti-opportunity and anti-property... Humans forced to suffer under such anti-human rules naturally develop pathologies. The evening news is the natural result of the welfare state.

Nobody believes the official spokesman ... but everybody trusts an unidentified source.

attributed to Ron Nesen
No one escapes when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cried, 'Appease, appease!' are hanged by those they tried to please.

Conservatives are afraid the people won't understand; Liberals are afraid the people will understand.

Democracy is like three wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch.

Let a pig and a boy have everything they want, and you’ll get a good pig and a bad boy.

attributed to J.H. Smith
A statesman is a dead politician. Lord knows, we need more statesmen

All children can learn, most at high levels. The work of schools is to foster high levels of achievement for all students. ... [School board] Systems must foster a culture of improvement. Schools cannot be successful on their own. Effective schools do not act in isolation. Their work is grounded in a system which establishes a culture of improvement and a plan for improving student achievement. Otherwise, as people come and go, approaches, philosophies, and activities change and little or nothing is sustained. The creation of the conditions for successful improvement planning often require major system change.

1999 - from the annual Provincial Report on Achievement of the Education Quality and Accountability Office of the Ontario government
It's getting so that children have to be educated to realize that 'damn' and 'taxes' are two separate words.

War makes thieves, and peace hangs them.

None but a mule denies his family.

If you torture data long enough, it will tell you anything you want.

Where facts are few, experts are many.

attributed to Donald R. Gannon
The chief deduction most people make from their income tax is that government costs too darned much.

Attributed to Walt Streightiff
Talk doesn't cook rice.

Chinese proverb
We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry.

attributed to John Webster
Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don't think.

Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.

attributed to Agnes Allen
The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny.

Prejudice is a great time saver. It enables you to form opinions without bothering to get the facts.

He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

Theory: when you have ideas. Ideology: when ideas have you.

We are all self-made, but only the rich will admit it.

First Job of Government: Protect people from govermment. Second Job of Government: Protect people from each other. It must never be the job of government to protect people from themselves.

Our problems are mostly behind us. Now we have to fight the solutions.

It is better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a sheep.

Italian proverb
It is our belief that if people are set free to express themselves to the fullest, their accomplishments will be far beyond their dreams, and they will not only contribute to the growth of the company, but will also be more useful citizens and contribute to the society at large.

attributed to Wilton Blount
If you're not getting any flak, you're not over the target.

Everything is under federal control nowadays except the federal budget.

A liberal is someone too poor to be a capitalist and too rich to be a communist.

Ask not what the government can do for you. Ask what the government is doing to you.

attributed to David Friedman
All extremes are error. The reverse of error is not truth, but error still. Truth lies between extremes.

attributed to Cecil
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

It's dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.

attributed to George Nathan
It is a poor parent who tries to child proof the world, instead of world proofing the child.

The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind.

attributed to John Allston Peace
Show me a tax on the rich and I'll show you a tax on the poor.

All dogmas perish the thinking mind, especially ones you agree with.

attributed to "Adam Richardson"
A little experience often upsets a lot of theory.

attributed to Cadman
If the government wants us to respect the law it should set a better example.

If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.

Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.

Love your country but fear its government.

One meets destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.