Reform Quotes

 A man who marries a woman to educate her falls into the same fallacy as the woman who marries a man to reform him. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 A reformer is a man who rides through a sewer in a glass-bottomed boat. 
Author: Jimmy Walker
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1881  - d. 18 November 1946
  
 All power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. That government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty and the right of acquiring property, and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purpose of its institution. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 As for America, it is the ideal fruit of all your youthful hopes and reforms. Everybody is fairly decent, respectable, domestic, bourgeois, middle-class, and tiresome. There is absolutely nothing to revile except that it's a bore. 
Author: Henry Brooks Adams
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1838  - d. 27 March 1918
  
 By starving emotions we become humorless, rigid and stereotyped; by repressing them we become literal, reformatory and holier-than-thou; encouraged, they perfume life; discouraged, they poison it. 
Author: Joseph Collins
Nationality: American   
 Gerald, a political prisoner, remarked that Christ had been a reformer: Muckle he made o'that; he was hanget. 
Author: Lord Braxfield
Nationality: American
b. December 1722  - d.  December 1799
  
 Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness, and all the ugly distempers that make an ordered life impossible. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 I have hope that society may be reformed, when I see how much education may be reformed. 
Author: Gottfried Leibniz
Nationality: German
b. December 1646  - d.  December 1716
  
 I think I am better than the people who are trying to reform me. 
Author: Edgar Watson Howe
Nationality: American
b. 3 May 1853  - d. 3 October 1937
  
 I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life any time he is ready and prepared to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within. 
Author: Preston Bradley
Nationality: American   
 In the democratic western countries so-called capitalism leads a saturnalia of ''freedom,'' like a bastard brother of reform. 
Author: Wyndham Lewis
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 November 1882  - d. 07 March 1957
  
 Men who form the lunatic fringe in all reform movements. 
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1858  - d. 6 January 1919
  
 Necessity reforms the poor, and satiety reforms the rich. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.Only with winter-patience can we bring The deep-desired, long-awaited spring. 
Author: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Nationality: American
b. 22 June 1906  - d. 7 February 2001
  
 Reform must come from within, not from without. You cannot legislate for virtue. 
Author: Cardinal James Gibbons
Nationality: American
b. 23 July 1834  - d. 24 March 1921
  
 Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed. 
Author: Art Buchwald
Nationality: American
b. December 1925
  
 The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more ... 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 The church is always trying to get other people to reform; it might not be a bad idea to reform itself. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 The Constitution is not a panacea for every blot upon the public welfare, nor should this Court, ordained as a judicial body, be thought of as a general haven for reform movements. 
Author: John Marshall Harlan
Nationality: American
b. 01 June 1833  - d. 14 October 1911
  
 The United Nations was not set up to be a reformatory. It was assumed that you would be good before you got in and not that being in would make you good. 
Author: John Foster Dulles
Nationality: American
b. 25 February 1888  - d. 24 May 1959
  
 There are two fools in this world. One is the millionaire who thinks that by hoarding money he can somehow accumulate real power, and the other is the penniless reformer who thinks that if only he can take the money from one class and give it to another, all the world's ills will be cured. 
Author: Henry Ford
Nationality: American
b. 30 July 1863  - d. 7 April 1947
  
 To reform a man, you must begin with his grandmother. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 What is a man born for but to be a reformer, a remaker of what has been made, a denouncer of lies, a restorer of truth and good? 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 War means an ugly mob-madness, crucifying the truth tellers, choking the artists, sidetracking reforms, revolutions, and the working of social forces.  
Author: John Silas Reed
Nationality: American
b. December 1887  - d.  December 1920
  
 Most people in this society who aren't actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 The reformers' preferred metaphor is "leveling the playing field." They should listen to the logic of their language: fields are leveled by bulldozers. 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 If people are innately saddled with certain sins and flaws, like selfishness, prejudice, sort-sightedness, and self-deception, then political reform would seem to be a waste of time. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal. 
Author: Elizabeth Fry
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1780  - d. 12 October 1845
  
 What is needed is a move beyond tradition, nothing less than a reform movement to bring the core concepts of Islam into the modern age, a Muslim Islamic Reformation to combat not only the jihadist ideologues but also the dusty, stifling seminaries of the traditionalists, throwing open the windows to let in much-needed fresh air. It is high time, for starters, that Muslims were able to study the revelation of their religion as an event inside history, not supernaturally above it. Broad-mindedness is related to tolerance; open-mindedness is the sibling of peace. 
Author: Sir Salman Rushdie
Nationality: English
b. 19 June 1947
  
 Every reformation must have its victims. You can't expect the fatted calf to share the enthusiasm of the angels over the prodigal's return. 
Author: Saki
Nationality: English
b. 18 December 1870  - d. 14 November 1916
  
 A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the State with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated by it as enemies. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Idealist as he was, standing for abolition of slavery, abolition of tariffs, almost for abolition of government, it is needless to say he found himself not only unrepresented in actual politics, but almost equally opposed to every class of reformers. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 There is no doubt that this government and this country are benefiting from the reforms that we brought in the 1980s, and that couldn't have been done without the co-operation of the trade union movement. 
Author: Bob Hawke
Nationality: Australian
b. 9 December 1929
  
 Self-reform is the only kind that works. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 Americans need accurate information in order to consider Social Security reform. Too bad the media can't be counted upon to provide it. 
Author: Herman Cain
Nationality: American
b. 13 December 1945
  
 The Reform Bill has destroyed the ancient conduits and strainers, and brings Public Opinion to act upon the government with the rapid, turbulent, and uncertain violence of a flood! 
Author: Robert Peel
Nationality: English
b. 5 February 1788  - d. 2 July 1850
  
 Any Reform Bill which is worth a moment's thought, or the smallest effort to carry it, must at least double, and it ought to do much more than double, the representation of the metropolitan boroughs and of all the great cities of the United Kingdom. 
Author: John Bright
Nationality: British
b. 16 November 1811  - d. 27 March 1889
  
 I am for peace, retrenchment and reform, the watchword of the great Liberal Party thirty years ago. 
Author: John Bright
Nationality: British
b. 16 November 1811  - d. 27 March 1889
  
 With regard to the ballot, it is worthy of remark that no meeting has been held in favour of Reform at which the ballot has not been strongly insisted upon. 
Author: John Bright
Nationality: British
b. 16 November 1811  - d. 27 March 1889
  
 A man that would expect to train lobsters to fly in a year is called a lunatic; but a man that thinks men can be turned into angels by an election is a reformer and remains at large. 
Author: Finley Peter Dunne
Nationality: American
b. 10 July 1867  - d. 24 April 1936
  
 Reform, that we may preserve. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power. 
Author: Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 8 November 1831  - d. 24 November 1891
  
 Democratic politicians want to solve the crisis of poor education by taking more of your money and using it to reduce classroom sizes in the government schools. Republican politicians want to solve the crisis by taking more of your money to provide vouchers to a handful of the poorest students in each area, paying for a part of the tuition expense at private schools. But before long this 'reform' would make those private schools indistinguishable from the government schools. Vouchers are an excellent way for the government to increase control over private schools. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this; that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it. 
Author: John Jay Chapman
Nationality: American
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1933
  
 I came to office promising major ethics reform to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is a law. While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over-the-top. I put it on eBay. 
Author: Sarah Palin
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1964
  
 It is right and natural that generous minds while in the twenties should think the books which try to reform the world's wrong the greatest of all. 
Author: Laurence Housman
Nationality: English
b. 18 July 1865  - d. 20 February 1959
  
 I think perhaps we want a more conscious life. We're tired of drudging and sleeping and dying. We're tired of seeing just a few people able to be individualists. We're tired of always deferring hope till the next generation. We're tired of hearing politicians and priests and cautious reformers ... coax us, 'Be calm! Be patient! Wait! We have the plans for a Utopia already made; just wiser than you.' For ten thousand years they've said that. We want our Utopia now - and we're going to try our hands at it. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Contemporary Australia illustrates the point. The economic reform process commenced in early 1983 under the social democratic Labor government, led by Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. There were a few reforms during Malcolm Fraser's prime ministership - but not many. The few that there were involved John Howard - either in his position as Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs or, later, as Treasurer. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Between March 1983 and March 1996 the Hawke/Keating government floated the currency, deregulated the financial system, commenced the privatisation process, substantially reduced protection, reformed the tax and welfare systems and commenced the process of deregulation of what had become perhaps the most centralised industrial relations system in the Western world. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 After March 1996, the Coalition - under the leadership of John Howard and Peter Costello - continued the reform process. The budget was moved from deficit to surplus and the independence of the Reserve Bank to determine monetary policy was formally acknowledged. There was more privatisation, more tax reform and substantial additional industrial relations deregulation - along with some reform in the areas of health and education and welfare plus long overdue reform of the waterfront. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Economic reform in Australia has been underway for close to a quarter of a century. It was preceded by the immigration changes - which commenced in the mid 1960s and were legally implemented in the late 1970s - that saw the end of the White Australia Policy. As a result of social and economic change, Australia has one of the strongest economies in the world. This has made it possible for Australia to experience the impact of the Asian economic downturn of 1997, the United States recession of 2001 and the worst domestic drought in a century - while the Australian economy grew at 3 per cent or more with low inflation and an unemployment rate which halved to under 5 per cent in just a decade. A truly remarkable achievement - which was possible only because of the implementation of economic and social reform by both Labor and the Coalition. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 This is another way of saying that Donald McDonald culturally bonded with the ABC's prevailing leftist ethos and became a defender of the institution he was expected to reform. Well, that's a theory. Yet it always seemed to me that Donald McDonald was residing in Stockholm at the time of his appointment - so to speak. In my view, Mr McDonald was never likely to reform the ABC because - irrespective of his many abilities - he did not have the political acumen to know what the problem was. Put it another way. John Howard's decision to appoint Donald McDonald as ABC chairman indicated that the Prime Minister, too, lacked political judgment about what was required to prevail in the culture wars within key Australian institutions. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible. 
Author: Robert Maynard Hutchins
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1899  - d. 17 May 1977
  
 Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 About the life and sayings of Jesus there is a stamp of personal originality combined with profundity of insight in the very first rank of men of sublime genius of whom our species can boast. When this pre-eminent genius is combined with the qualities of probably the greatest moral reformer and martyr to that mission who ever existed on earth, religion cannot be said to have made a bad choice in pitching upon this man as the ideal representative and guide for humanity. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 From an Aboriginal perspective and from the Aboriginal experience alcohol plays a primary role in both the reasons for detention and for the subsequent chances of deaths occurring. 
Author: Professor Marcia Langton
Nationality: Australian Aboriginal
b. December 1951
  
 It is the right of laboring classes to protect themselves, and the duty of the whole people to find a remedy against avarice, oppression, and corruption. 
Author: Cardinal James Gibbons
Nationality: American
b. 23 July 1834  - d. 24 March 1921
  




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