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'I Wish I Had Said That'


Columnist Jeff Brown, MD, lays out some of his favorite quotes on Money, Politics, and Life, from such well-known wordsmiths as Christopher Hitchens, Mark Twain, and Donald Trump.

“I Wish I Had Said That”

On Money:

• “A lot of money doesn’t make anyone more often right, it just makes them harder to correct.” - Malcolm Forbes

• “Whoever said less is more, never tried more.” - Many

• “You are never as rich or as poor as you think you are.” - La Rochefoucauld

On Politics:

• “Corrupt politicians make the other 10% look bad.” - Henry Kissinger

• “You don’t say ‘They all do it’ unless you are doing it, too.” - Christopher Hitchens

• “There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money and I can’t remember what the other one is.” - Mark Hanna

• “When they call the role in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘not guilty.” - Theodore Roosevelt

• “In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. - Margaret Thatcher

• “People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.” - Malcolm Muggeridge

• “What’s good for comedy is bad for America.” - Bill Maher

• “Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.” - William F. Buckley

• “It’s not whether you win or lose, but whether you win.” - Donald Trump

• “I feel like taking these people, shaking them and saying ‘Don’t you know that this is the confidence of the ignorant?’” - Meir Statman

On Life:

• “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” - Stanislaw Lec

• “It’s not the load you carry that breaks you down, it’s the way that you carry it.” - Lena Horne

• “A pat on the back, although only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results.” - Bennett Cerf

• “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” - Stephen King

• “Never argue with an idiot, because bystanders won’t know who the idiot is.” - Mark Twain

• “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” - George Bernard Shaw

• “Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” - Voltaire

• “The secret to happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you get.” - Many

• “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” - George Burns. Amen.

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