"The ultimate result
of shielding men
from the effects of folly
is to fill the world with fools."
by:
Herbert Spencer
(1820-1903) British author, economist, philosopher
Date:
1891
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
 -- warren, olathe      
The right to be fooled once (on numerous issues) is the beginning of wisdom.
 -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    And we have been shielded from knowing the true consequences of folly for TOO long.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Ah, extremely insightful in light of our current bailout situations... We'd all like to cry for the little man who might lose his job and his life savings that he had invested in the company; but, the quote then holds true again -- people need to start realizing they need to do more in our fast-paced world than merely check in and off the clock everyday and think everything's going to be okay.
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    Nicely said.
     -- A.WOODS, Gloucester     
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    Tax something and you get less of it. Subsidize something and you get more of it. In the lefts "kindness" they tax the productive and subsidize laziness, ignorance, stupidity, and recklessness.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    It happens all the time. Hahaha.
     -- Crystal, Pittsburgh     
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    Bread and circuses.
     -- Bridie, Ashland     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    A warning by Spencer has become the strategy of progressives.
     -- autonomous, Mitchell, IN     
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