Often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, it was actually an introduction by William J. H. Boetcker in his 1942 work Lincoln On Limitations. Many readers wrongly assumed these statements were also from Lincoln. However the lack of a deceased presidential attribution doesn’t make the statements any less true.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.
A few more quotes for the site….
“My right to swing my fist ends at your nose, not at your feelings.”
“Sorry, I’m just not dumb enough to buy the whole global warming thing.”
“I don’t have enough faith to believe in evolution.”
“If CO2 is a pollutant, I’ll worry about my SUV as soon as the tree-huggers start holding their breath.”
Added some good Reagan quotes…
"Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose."
"Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong."
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help."
"I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment’s would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress."
"The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination."
"Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."
"If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
Quotes from my favorite Aqua Teen episode: The Meat Zone. (A spoof on the Dead Zone of course)
"Look, there is only one way to get across this street. You close your eyes and just bolt out there with complete disregard for machine."
"Pedestrian always has the right of way. [except?] When you in the way?"
"He’s right and if I don’t pass this class, I ain’t never going to get a job crossing roads."
"Chocolate milk! Well alright let’s get the hell out of here."
"Don’t drink the Chocolate milk. Do not drink the chocolate milk!"
"[this milk is expired, Meatwad] I like it when it’s chunky. It’s spreadable and it’s edible."
"Let me touch you hand. I’ll be as gentle as a lamb… that works out with weights!"
"One, Two, Uhm Three, Four?, K-KaFive. [KaFive?] Yes KaFive. Six, Hey how you doing? [Who are you talking to? Come on I just need one more] Oh yeah, the last one is seven."
"One, Two, Uhm Three, Four?, K-KaFive. [KaFive?] Yes KaFive."
"Behold it is I. I bestow upon you my dirty diapie. But there is another. Who among you will embark on such a quest? To -you know- peel it off the ceiling. It’s stuck up there."
"There’s science behind this. And legend."