Favourite Quotations

By Henry George

“The further fact, testified to both by observation of our own feelings and actions and by observation of the acts of others, is that men always seek to gratify their desires with the least exertion. This, of course, does not mean that they always succeed in doing so, any more than the physical law that motion tends to persist in a straight line means that moving bodies always take that line.”
The Science of Political Economy: Fundamental Law of Political Economy

“The natural right which each man has is not that of demanding employment or wages from another man, but that of employing himself that of applying by his own labour to the inexhaustible storehouse which the Creator has in the land provided for all men.”
Progress and Poverty

By Others

“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”
Giuseppe di Lampedusa, The Leopard

“Miracles open up a gap in which a more intense or creative or daring action can take place”
Susan Sontag.

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”
Thomas Paine

“I was no more than five when I became a herd-boy, looking after sheep and calves in the fields. I discovered the almost mystical attachment that the Xhosa have for cattle, not only as a source of food and wealth, but as a blessing from God and a source of happiness”
Nelson Mandela, The Long Walk to Freedom

“Our system is this: once you use land, that land belongs to you. But you have not bought it. You cannot sell it to someone. The land belongs to the people, but everything on that land is yours”
Joshua Nkomo, vice President of Zimbabwe (died 1999)

Explanatory note from Peter Meakin: Nevertheless under the Nkomo tenures people can still sell all man-made things on the land such as buildings, dams and crops. The land price is lowered by the state levying a rates and taxes surcharge which also replaces all income taxes and vat.

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