Quotes

posted Jul 11, 2016, 7:56 AM by Jean-Paul Tertocha   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 7:21 AM ]
    
 Quotes 

Here’s the transcript of Paul Harvey’s “If I were the Devil” speech that was broadcast on April 3, 1965:

If I were the Devil, I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States.

I’d submit the churches first. I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is “square.” And the old I would teach to pray after me, “Our Father, which art in Washington…”

And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the Devil, I’d soon have families at war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.

If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions, just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

Within the decade, I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography, soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the houses of Congress.

And in His own Churches, I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls and church money.

If I were the Devil, I’d make the symbol of Easter, an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle.

If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who want it until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious.

And wouldn’t you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich.

I would caution against extremes and hard work and patriotism and moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.

In other words, if I were the Devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.
~Paul Harvey, Good Day.

Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
~Epicurus

If a machine can do it, let it.
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The greatest detriment to human advancement is politics & politicians.
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In the universe, size is a form of function, not importance.
~Jean-Paul Tertocha

It is easier to predict the properties of the early universe than it is to predict the [Earth's], weather.
~Alex Filippenko

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward. 
~Jean-Paul Richter 

When you do something greedily, you might make a lot of money, but that in no way makes you happy.  When you do something well, and with care, when you hit the pillow at night, you can say, 'At least I did it right'.
~Tony Bennett

One day you're a hero, the next day you're a bum.
~Babe Ruth

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of
comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge
and controversy.
~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Almost all reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in
houses just as big as they can pay for.
~Logan Pearsall Smith

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting
people up.
~John Andrew Holmer

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
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Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.
 ~Albert Einstein

It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.
Mick Jagger

Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair.
 ~George Burns
 
Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence a Prince who wants to keep his authority must learn how not to be good, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires.
~Nicolo Machiavelli
 
Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her, but once they are in hand, he alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
 ~Voltaire
 
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
~H. L. Mencken
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