Category Archives: Quotable Quotes

WAS CICERO AMERICAN?

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QUOTE FROM 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 will become bankrupt.   People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.”

EUROPE ON US FISCAL CRISIS

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“Imagine you are in a taxi and the driver suddenly turns violently and speeds towards a wall, tires screeching, only to stop at the very last moment, inches from the bricks — and cheerfully informs you that he wants to do the same to you in three months time.  Would you be grateful that he has not killed you? Or would you wonder why you chose his cab in the first place?  This is the journey Congress has taken the American people on over the past few weeks.

“….the country’s long-term fiscal problem is immense: it taxes like a small-government country but spends like a big-government one.  Eventually demography — and the huge tribe of retiring baby-boomers who expect pensions and health care — will bankrupt the country.  By the IMF’s calculation, if America is to reduce its debt to what it regards as a sensible level by 2030, allowing for all this age-related spending, it needs a ‘fiscal adjustment’ of 11.7% of GDP — more than any other advanced country other than Japan.”

(“Worse than Europe, really”.  Economist October 19th)

Quotable Quotes . . .

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CHURCHILL ON ISLAM, 1899

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism 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 paralyses 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.”

-Sir Winston Churchill (The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages
248-50, London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).