Curtis Dahlgren
"Ronald Reagan, the Notes"; Proverbs set in order, part 2
By Curtis Dahlgren
December 23, 2019

His horse went dead and his mule went lame,
And he lost 6 cows in a poker game.
Then a hurricane came on a summer's day
And blew the house where he lived away.
An earthquake came when that was gone
And swallowed the land the house stood on
And then the tax collector came around
And charged him up for the hole in the ground.
- unknown

"If men will not be governed by God (that is to be honest, truthful, diligent, fair and just to all) then they must be governed by tyrants." – William Penn

"The God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?" – Thomas Jefferson

"We'll be over to finish the takeover sooner than you think. You know that a mixed economy is not permanent & you have already mixed so much socialism with your formerly free economy that you cannot take it back or change. You are coming all the way into full socialism. We don't have to fight you or urge you. We shall simply wait until you walk voluntarily into our camp." – Russian diplomat

"The statesman who should attempt to direct private people in what manner4 they ought to employ their capital would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but to assume an authority which could safely be trusted not only to no single person but to no council or Senate whatever and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it." – Adam Smith. "The Wealth of Nations"

"With public sentiment behind you, anything is possible. Without it, nothing is possible. Therefore, he who influences public sentiment performs a vastly more significant act than he who simply meets statutes." – Abraham Lincoln

"Every time the government shifts to the left the decimal point in taxes shifts to the right." – "Ronald Reagan, the Notes"

"We are taxed in our bread and our wine, in our income and our investments, on our land and property – not only for base creatures who do not deserve the name of men – for foreign nations who bow to us and accept our largesse, who will destroy us when we show a moment of weakness." – Cicero

"We have it within our power to begin the world over again." – Patrick Henry

"Truth is violated by falsehood but it is outraged by silence." – Henry Amiel, Swiss author

"You cannot pray the Lord's prayer and even once say 'I,'

You cannot pray the Lord's prayer and even once say MY."

- Christian Reader, vol. 32

"If everyone swept his own doorstep the whole world would be clean." – Goethe

"Our spirit of enjoyment was stronger than our spirit of sacrifice. We wanted to have more than we wanted to give. We spared effort and met disaster." – General Petain, after the fall of France (WWII)

"A man who takes no interest in public affairs is not a man who minds his own business. We say he has no business being here at all." – Pericles

"Who is wise? He who learns from everybody. Who is strong? He who conquers self. Who is rich? He who is satisfied with what he has." – Talmud

"Of the pauper – the more you assist him the more he wants. Of the busy man the more he has to do the more he can do. A whole nation must be so – that just in proportion as its members are little helped by extraneous power, they will become self-helping. And in proportion as they are much helped they will become helpless." – Herbert Spencer

"Perfect communication pre-supposes the perfect sayer and the perfect listener, neither one of whom ever existed. Worlds apart? Not necessarily – many are just words apart." – Leonard Read

"Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man." – apostle Paul

"Forgiving means to pardon the unpardonable or it is no virtue at all; faith means believing in the unbelievable or it is no virtue at all. And to hope means hoping when things are hopeless or it is no virtue at all." -Judge Learned Hand

"I have sought not to whip up emotions. There is plenty of anger and tension without our leaders adding to it." – Senator George McGovern, 1972

"This country needs some colleges to teach everything the students think they know." – Ronald Reagan

[I think they're called the Ivy League.]

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain. And most fools do." – Andrew Carnegie

P.S. "Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it." – Chas. Spurgeon


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Curtis Dahlgren

Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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