A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage. Who penned the above words? If one were to put one's faith in the reliability of the internet, the obvious answer would be Alexander Tytler. Or Alexander Tyler. Or Arnold Toynbee. Or Lord Thomas Macaulay. Or... The truth is that despite their frequent use, the above text actually has its origins in two separate and independent quotes, and the author of the first half is, to date, unknown. With regard to the first quoted paragraph, the Library of Congress' Respectfully Quoted writes, "Attributed to ALEXANDER FRASER TYTLER, LORD WOODHOUSELEE. Unverified." The quote, however, appears in no published work of Tytler's. And with regard to the second, the same book says "Author unknown. Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. Unverified." Yet despite this factual uncertainty, these quotes are not only frequently attributed to Tytler, but just as frequently employ his antiquity as a means of enhancing their reliability. I myself was misled for years before being informed of their "unverified" status.
Mac's last name is Guttenberg, he said on Twitter once.
The total population of eligible voters in the United States is estimated at 210,800,000. Of those, 137,263,000 Americans said they were registered to vote in the last United States Census count. Only 95,987,000 said they actually voted.
The 26th which gave the vote to 18 year olds. But the 27th said that Congressional pay raises could only take effect after the next term.
John Quincy Adams
President McKinley said four more years of a full dinner pail. The economy was booming in 1900, so the Republican slogan of "Four More Years of the Full Dinner Pail."
False. But it would be true if you had said the last 3 or 4 HUNDRED years.
Hi is an Americanism and has only been used in Britain for the last 50 years, before that everyone said hello.
Muses were patrons of the arts, not athletics. That said, Basketball has only been a sport for the last 122 years, so there wouldn't be a mythological patron for it anyway.
they said it would last 4 years
He made no known prediction for his own rule, but he said that the regime that he established, the Third Reich, would last a thousand years.
Winston Churchill. ( he actually said ....men will stillsay....)
They are said to be chronic diseases; these may last years, even as long as the life of the patient.
Gintama will not end, at least for another tenth of years. Maybe in anime they said that its the last episode and last for the last. But worry not, for it was just a troll.. ; )
Massachusetts is the only state that doesn't have wild turkey. It is said that the last wild turkey in Massachusetts was shot in 1851.
what he said last sunday