No man is good enough to govern another without the other’s consent.’ Abraham Lincoln

‘The people are capable of good judgement when they do not listen to demagogues.’ Napoleon Bonaparte

‘What men call social virtues, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each for warm.’ Thoreau 1851

The politics of colour

“No red-blooded Australian wants to see a chocolate-coloured Australia” Arthur Calwell, politician 1972

“Two Wongs don’t make a white” Calwell, explaining his anti-Asian immigrant stance

“For every voice in Britain calling for a policy to keep Britain White, there is a corresponding call to Keep Africa Black.” Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Zambian President 1968

The working class

“I never knew the working class had such white skins.” Lord Curzon, British statesman

“The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class strugges.” Karl Marx 1848

“The more is given, the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work, the more their poverty will increase.” Leo Tolstoy, Russian author 1892

The organist

The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play.

“Here’s a copy of the service,” he said impatiently. “But, you’ll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances.”

During the service, the minister paused and said, “Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up.”

At that moment, the substitute organist played “The Star Spangled Banner.”
And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!


What about lies? (3)

If you tell a lie to make a person better, then that is not a sin. Sun Myung Moon

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives. Mark Twain

The tombstone is about the only thing that can stand upright and lie on its face at the same time. Mary Wilson Little

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter. Denis Diderot

It takes good memory to keep up a lie. Pierre Corneille

Tact: to lie about others as you would have them lie about you. Oliver Herford

I love the idea of spies in love. How would it work between two people who were so programmed to lie and be suspicious, who have a whole life based on pretence? Tony Gilroy


What about lies? (2)

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. Pablo Picasso

Half a truth is often a great lie. Benjamin Franklin

The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives. Mark Twain

You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on. Dean Martin

Men are liars. We’ll lie about lying if we have to. I’m an algebra liar. I figure two good lies make a positive. Tim Allen

All truth is simple… is that not doubly a lie? Friedrich Nietzsche


What about lies?

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Winston Churchill

A lie told often enough becomes the truth. Vladimir Lenin

Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. Jimi Hendrix

There’s only two people in your life you should lie to… the police and your girlfriend. Jack Nicholson

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without the thorn. Martin Amis

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. John F. Kennedy