A socialist is somebody who doesn’t have anything, and is ready to divide it up equally among everybody.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
If the governments devalue the currency in order to betray all creditors, you politely call this procedure ‘inflation.’
I also made it quite clear that Socialism means equality of income or nothing, and that under socialism you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you like it or not. If it were discovered that you had not character enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live you would have to live well.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
If you do not say a thing in an irritating way, you may as well not say it at all because people will not trouble themselves about anything that does not trouble them.
If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.