Some of Amper’s favourite sayings


If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating conquest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.

We ask not your counsel or arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams, speech on 1st August 1776.


”One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

Plato

We are not for names, nor men, nor titles of Government,
nor are we for this party nor against the other
but we are for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom,
that these may be exalted in our nation,
and that goodness, righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace and unity with God,
and with one another, that these things may abound.

Edward Burroughs, 1659 – from ‘Quaker Faith and Practice’

England, in effect is insular. She is maritime. She is linked through her trade, her markets, her supply lines to the most distant countries. She pursues essentially industrial and commercial activities and only slightly agricultural ones. She has, in all her doings, very marked and very original habits and traditions. In short England’s nature, England’s structure, England’s very situation differs profoundly from those of the Continentals.

These words were uttered by President Charles De Gaulle when he vetoed our application to join the Common Market in January 1963. He knew us well as he had served in Britain with the Free French during the second world war.

To achieve “One World Government” it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, their loyalty to family traditions and national identification

Brock Chisholm when director of the UN World Health Organisation

All forms of governments destroy themselves,by carrying their basic principles to excess. Democracies become too free in politics, in economics, in morals – even in literature and art, until at last even the dogs in our homes, rise up on their hind legs and demand their rights.

Disorder grows to such a point that society will then abandon all its liberty to anyone who can restore order.

Plato

Since the human race insists upon being completely crazy; Since everybody from the pope down to the humblest of village priests; From the richest of men, to the most miserableof paupers; From the fine lady in her silks and satins, down to the slut in her calico dressing-gown. Since the whole world has set its ‘GOD’ given brain, but insists upon letting itself be entirely guided by its greed, its vanity, its arrogance and its ignorance.

Why in the name of a reasonable Deity should the few truly intelligent people waste so much of their time and effort in trying to change the human race into something it never wanted to be. Let them be happy in their follies. Do not deprive them of that which gives them more satisfaction than anything else! Their sovereign power to make utter fools of themselves!

In praise of folly ’ written in 1507 by Erasmus

Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a gazelle or a lion.
When the sun comes up – you’d better be running!

His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Crown Prince of Dubai.

Beware the toes you tread on today are not attached to the leg that supports the arse you are going to kiss tomorrow

Anonymous

Our doubts are traitors
and make us lose the good
we oft might win
by fearing to attempt

William Shakespeare – Measure for Measure, Act 1 Scene V.

We trained hard …..
but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising: and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.

Petronius Arbiter – (Titus Petronius Niger) 40AD

Cricket explained:-
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that’s in goes out and when he’s out, he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out. When both sides have been in and out, including the not outs — that’s the end of the game

Anonymous

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

Edward Langley, Artist (1928 – 1995)

Talk is cheap…except when Parliament does it.

Anonymous

The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

Ronald Reagan

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.

Ronald Reagan (1986)

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.

Mark Twain

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

Sir Winston Churchill

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

“No longer is European AnonymousLaw an incoming tide flowing up the estuaries of England. It is now like a tidal wave bringing down our sea walls and flowing inland over our fields and houses – to the dismay of all.”

The late Lord Denning

“It is the old, old worry: will the British people perceive in time what is happening to them and where they are being taken? If they do, I am not afraid for the outcome. But will they?

Enoch Powell on the eve of the 1975 Europe Referendum:

And how can we take the EU seriously when all Jacques Chirac could say to the Brussels Press Corps in Spring 1998 when announcing a ‘successful outcome’ to negotiations over the presidency of the European Central Bank – ‘Please don’t laugh…”

Jacques Chirac 1998

Heath said: ‘There is no question of any erosion of essential national sovereignty” And, when interviewed on BBC a while ago (1998) his exact words to the question “Did you know, when you took us into the Common Market, that it would lead to Federalism?” were: “Of course I bloody did!” What absolute and total arrogance – and this man was once a Prime Minister. How dare he do this to us!

Edward Heath, during the 1975 Common Market Referendum

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

Thomas Jefferson

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.

Joseph Conrad 1857-1924, British Novelist

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus

Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He’s the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war.

Allan Massie

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.

Jean De La BruyFre 1645-1696, French Writer

“There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper and the people who consider price alone are this man’s lawful prey.”

This is the essence of his quote – several slightly different versions are listed.

John Ruskin 1819-1900

My Aunt Maud always said :
Whatever you do in life, always go in at the top
There is plenty of room at the bottom but very little at the top.
It’s much easier to work your way down, than to work your way up!

Extract from “Champagne Exercises by Joan Oliphant-Fraser

There’s a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me.

John Erskine

Five questions to ask yourself every morning

  • What is great in my life?
  • What could be great if I wanted to feel great about it?
  • What’s not perfect about it yet?
  • What am I willing to do to make it the way I want it?
  • What new thing could I do in my life to create more fun out of it?

Anthony Robbins

Only the Bransons and Sugars of this world know this!
Until one is committed there is hesitancy (and) ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative ‘there is one elementary truth’ that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. The whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, and meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Goethe

Corporate Management?
There are few situations in life that cannot be resolved promptly, and to the satisfaction of all concerned,

  • by either suicide
  • a bag of gold
  • or thrusting a despised antagonist over a precipice on a dark night.

Ernest Bramah (Kai Lung stories)

Persistence:
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence!
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Anonymous

Excellence
Excellence can be obtained if you…..

  • Care more than others think is wise
  • Riisk more than others think is safe
  • Dream more than others think is practical
  • Expect more than others think is possible

Anonymous

Consult. To seek another’s approval of a course already decided on.

Ambrose Bierce 1842-1914, American Author

The Credit Belongs
The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who are the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who know at the worst, if they fail, fail whilst daring greatly, their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.

Sir Francis Bacon

A friend is one who walks in when others walk out

Walter Winchell

England, in effect is insular. She is maritime. She is linked through her trade, her markets, her supply lines to the most distant countries. She pursues essentially industrial and commercial activities and only slightly agricultural ones. She has, in all her doings, very marked and very original habits and traditions. In short England’s nature, England’s structure, England’s very situation differs profoundly from those of the Continentals.

These words were uttered by President Charles De Gaulle when he vetoed our application to join the Common Market in January 1963. He knew us well as he had served in Britain with the Free French during the second world war.

All forms of governments destroy themselves,by carrying their basic principles to excess. Democracies become too free in politics, in economics, in morals – even in literature and art, until at last even the dogs in our homes, rise up on their hind legs and demand their rights. Disorder grows to such a point that society will then abandon all its liberty to anyone who ca restore order.

Plato

To achieve “One World Government” it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, their loyalty to family traditions and national identification

Brock Chisholm when director of the UN World Health Organisation

Since the human race insists upon being completely crazy; Since everybody from the pope down to the humblest of village priests; From the richest of men, to the most miserableof paupers; From the fine lady in her silks and satins, down to the slut in her calico dressing-gown. Since the whole world has set its ‘GOD’ given brain, but insists upon letting itself be entirely guided by its greed, its vanity, its arrogance and its ignorance.

Why in the name of a reasonable Deity should the few truly intelligent people waste so much of their time and effort in trying to change the human race into something it never wanted to be. Let them be happy in their follies. Do not deprive them of that which gives them more satisfaction than anything else! Their sovereign power to make utter fools of themselves!

In praise of folly ’ written in 1507 by Erasmus

Beware the toes you tread on today are not attached to the leg that supports the arse you are going to kiss tomorrow

Anonymous

Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.

Ambrose Bierce 1842-1914, American Author

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.

Sir Francis Bacon

The rainy days a man saves for usually seem to arrive during his vacation.

Anonymous

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Sir Winston Churchill

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 – 1948)

Respect yourself and others will respect you. This is also true – Love yourself before you are able to love others.

Confucius Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC – 479 BC)

If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; and y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.

Albert Einstein, US (German-born) physicist (1879 – 1955) Observer, Jan. 15, 1950

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