Monday, November 3, 2008

Wise Words

There are a whole lot of people, and from all walks of life, who are incapable of grasping the simple common sense that was written in 1916 by William J. H. Boetcker, a Presbyterian minister. Although misinterpreted over the years as being quotes from Abraham Lincoln, they still ring true 92 years later. So on this last day of the 2008 presidential campaign, let's be reminded of these wise words he once wrote:

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.

You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

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."

5 comments:

Roland Hulme said...

"You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.

You cannot establish security on borrowed money."

Eight years of Bush has proven those words true.

Jeff Goins said...

Fascinating post. Thanks for sharing.

Graham said...

http://freep.com/article/20081102/COL01/811020374/1082

The Bible says, I am my brother's keeper. Even if he is not of the heart to return the favor.

This story says it all.

Brenda said...

This is very good. I think democrats and republicans alike have difficulty with many of these. Parties shouldn't point fingers at each other but need to take a look at themselves.

Daly said...

Thank you for posting this and I can't agree with the words more.

Let's not forget that it wasn't the eight years of Bush that brought us to this state. It's the need for "diversity" and lending to those who cannot afford their own mortgage and loan officers who were out to make a quick buck. But NO ONE wants to take responsibility and when they screw up they cry to (and blame) the government to bail them out. So we're going to tax the people who were responsible with their finances for the mistakes of others.

The quotes...
"You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.

You cannot establish security on borrowed money."

...apply to the very individuals who brought us to this place. Like a parent who has a child gone wrong, what can you do but try to save them from their own destruction?