Thomas B. Reed Quote

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”

~ Thomas B. Reed

Ratings and Comments

Joe, Rochester, MI

Why do we allow these delusions to continue? We are over-legislated. If our representitives will not lessen the legislation, we must throw the bums out of office, until we find someone who will.

A.Jurgensen, Stuart, FL

Reed was right: legislation won't cure the evils of the world and neither will war. Evil has existed since man drew his first breath...and it will until he breathes his last.

KS, Somewhere,USA

Legislation creates many evils. It doesn't erase them.It is most definetly a delusion to believe that legislation will cure the sickness of evil. Did you notice that the only difference between the words Devil and Evil is is a D?

Mitzi, Hammond

Wake up! Czar Reed also had a deep sense of wry humor needed then as it is needed now. Come on now , he was pals with Mark Twain ! Wisdom for the ages and Reeds Rules so that proper behaviour governs. That's the legacy we inherited from Reed.

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gaby    3/27/14
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anonymous    3/27/14

We are weaned on delusions so why stop at just one.

Elizabeth, Queens, NY

Funny that even when abundant rules work to make things square in a country, they end up not constituting the best alternative. I recently met someone at an airport who was saying that in his country everything was so organized! I asked why he didn't live there, and he answered: it's boring.

jim k, austin tx

Pretty hard to argue with this quote.

Mike, Norwalk

short, sweet, and to the point; extremely accurate ! ! !

Mike, Norwalk

Einstein said it well "Insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." As jim has said here before, "government is a disease masquerading as its own cure"; to operate under any other assumption is insanely one of the greatest delusions in the world.

E Archer, NYC

And yet we let our legislatures pass thousands of statutes costing us trillions of dollars we do not have -- and what are the results?


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