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This is the 2000-2013 Old Grumpy archive. All content from December 2013 onward is posted at the main site:

Content posted between weekly columns was published at this page: STOP PRESS!

The final weekly column posted on this website was: 28 November, 2013

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

The punishment for not getting involved in politics is to be ruled by inferior people (Plato)

If you wish to practice deception, the most receptive target is yourself. (Anon)

Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm—but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves. —T.S. Eliot

Second thoughts are best considered before your first idea is acted upon.(Anon)

The best a man can hope for is to be a reliable friend, and a formidable enemy. (Anon)

True courage is knowing that you’re wrong while refusing to admit it. (Anon)

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.(Voltaire)

When politicians decide what gets bought and sold, the first thing bought and sold is the politicians. (P J O'Rourke)

"It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.” (Machiavelli)

In God we trust, all others must provide data (motto of NASA flight engineers)

There is nothing wrong with being certain that you're right. It is only when you acquire the power to act on your certainties that problems arise (Anon)

“The problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people are full of doubts.” (Bertrand Russel)

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. (Charles Darwin)

There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved” (Ludvig von Mises)

We should all try to learn from our mistakes, but it is much less expensive to learn from those made by other people (Anon)

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts (Daniel Patrick Moynihan)

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!".(Upton Sinclair)

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. (C.S. Lewis)

"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance." (H L Menken)

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large matters either (Albert Einstein)

Real journalism consists of what someone doesn't want published, all the rest is public relations (George Orwell).

"A newspaper is of necessity something of a monopoly, and its first duty is to shun the the temptations of monopoly. Its primary office is the gathering of news. At the peril of its soul it must see that the supply is not tainted. Neither in what it gives, nor it what it does not give nor in the mode of presentation must the unclouded face of truth suffer wrong. Comment is free, but facts are sacred (CP Scott - Editor Manchester Guardian).

Authoritarians have an extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of the man who can fabricate it (Hannah Arendt: Origins of Totalitarianism)

Be you never so high, the law is above you (Lord Denning)

When you're taking flak, you must be over the target (Pat Robinson).

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