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In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation,
by John Buchanan Robinson

In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation,
is the antithesis, not of altruism, but of idealism.
- John Buchanan Robinson

It is often said by reformers that government should
be conducted upon business principles.
- John Buchanan Robinson

There is never enough gold to redeem all the currency in circulation.
- John Buchanan Robinson

Accordingly, when the supply of gold runs short,
the security behind the notes is diminished,
the loaning of notes is restricted or suspended,
and the panic follows.
- John Buchanan Robinson

 

In this way, the charge that the bank makes for the use of its notes -
the interest -
is a continual and universal tax upon all the members of the community.
- John Buchanan Robinson

At present, financial crises occur, chiefly because
the paper currency is redeemable in gold only.
- John Buchanan Robinson

Large sums were paid for the use of money,
because the available amount of gold and silver was
far less than was needed to carry on the commercial
transactions of the times.
- John Buchanan Robinson

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According to your sympathy, you will take pleasure
in your own happiness or in the happiness of other people;
but it is always your own happiness you seek.
- John Buchanan Robinson

The business of a bank is to lend money;
which amounts,
nowadays, to lending credit.
- John Buchanan Robinson

Modern money is almost altogether credit money.
- John Buchanan Robinson

For each one of us stands alone in the midst of a universe.
- John Buchanan Robinson

There is no other who experiences your thoughts or your feelings.
- John Buchanan Robinson

The Massachusetts Land Bank, during Colonial times,
prospered, and brought prosperity to the community,
until it was forcibly suppressed by special act of Parliament.
- John Buchanan Robinson

Not an old woman that buys a paper of pins,
without yielding a part of the price to the banks as interest!
- John Buchanan Robinson

There is no word more generally misinterpreted than the word egoism,
in its modern sense.
- John Buchanan Robinson

You are forever alone.
- John Buchanan Robinson

Your thoughts and emotions are yours alone.
- John Buchanan Robinson

The egoist is fooled by no ideals: he discards them or uses them,
as may suit his own interest.
- John Buchanan Robinson

Paper currency has hitherto been regarded with suspicion,
as insecure.
- John Buchanan Robinson

In precisely the same way money is often hired,
and the hire paid for the use of it is called Interest.
- John Buchanan Robinson

However near and dear to you may be your wife,
children, friends, they are not you;
they are outside of you.
- John Buchanan Robinson

But egoism is more than this.
It is the realization by the individual that he is
above all institutions and all formulas;
that they exist only so far as he chooses to make them
his own by accepting them.
- John Buchanan Robinson

Capital, however capital may be defined,
would practically cease to exist as an income producing fund,
for the simple reason that if money,
wherewith to buy capital,
could be obtained for one-half of one per cent,
capital itself could command no higher price.
- John Buchanan Robinson

When not only gold but all commodities are available
for the redemption of the paper currency,
its volume is limited only by the value of all the wealth of the country,
and it can never become insecure up to this limit.
- John Buchanan Robinson

It was the king's army, the king's people,
the king's taxes; and he who questioned the propriety
of the royal prerogative of taking from his people
without return or accounting,
was reckoned, and felt himself to be,
a criminal, guilty of the highest crime of disloyalty.
- John Buchanan Robinson

But the egoist has no ideals, for the knowledge that
his ideals are only his ideals,
frees him from their domination.
He acts for his own interest, not for the interest of ideals.
- John Buchanan Robinson

Sometimes, instead of purchasing a commodity out and out,
people want to buy only the use of it,
for a longer or shorter period.
The price paid for such temporary use is commonly called hire.
- John Buchanan Robinson

The unknown is like the darkness of a cave -
it can be illuminated by the brief light
of one adventurer's small candle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Brief is life but love is long.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

The creative act lasts but a brief moment,
a lightning instant of give-and-take,
just long enough for you to level the camera and to
trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

We fear the unknown,
perhaps more than we fear anything else,
and yet we are, at heart, adventurers.
We seek to expand our realm of knowledge and dominion.
Perhaps we are attempting to overcome and crush the unknown,
but our duel with the unknown is such a one-sided clash
that we must know in our hearts
that our adventure is no more than a child's game.
Perhaps we hope that the unknown
is like the darkness of a cave
and that the brief light of our adventurer's candle
can illuminate the entire cave.
Nonetheless, the path of the adventurer
is a path of joy, while the way of fear is one of suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure,
treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.
- Jimmy Connors

Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability
to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
- Jean Rostand

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the
rhythmical creation of Beauty.
- Edgar Allan Poe

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells
us that our existence is but a brief crack of light
between two eternities of darkness.
- Vladimir Nabokov

But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two,
whose wage is the long nights of the grave.
- Muhammad Iqbal

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define;
Of inspiration one percent,
of perspiration, ninety nine.
- Thomas A. Edison

No, Queer Eye has a book coming out before mine,
in the Spring of 2004, in which each of us has a section
and we do a brief overview of our subject area.
- Ted Allen

We're drinking my friend, To the end of a brief episode,
Make it one for my baby, And one more for the road.
- Johnny Mercer

If Senator Kerry decides to join us for an hour,
then we may only use one or two brief clips.
And use the bulk of what he has to tell us as part of that program.
- Mark E. Hyman

To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
- George Santayana

We modern Marxists regard socialism as a historically
brief transitional stage between feudalism and capitalism,
necessary only in backward countries.
- John McCarthy

That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true
as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.
- George Santayana

Quotations are slippery things, really.
A brief sentence or phrase, often repeated -
always completely out of its original context -
and sometimes not an accurate representation
of the author's original words, let alone his intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This is not a letter but my arms around you for a brief moment.
- Katherine Mansfield

So on May 1, 1987, at Gary's invitation,
I agreed to see him one last time - to confront him
face-to-face about his sincerity and with the intention
of ending our brief relationship.
- Donna Rice

In his brief 21 years on this earth,
Michael Smith Jr. touched countless lives.
- Mike DeWine

I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
- Baltasar Gracian

I hated my brief fame.
We had TV vans camped outside my house,
reporters hounded me...
people i'd know for years started treating me differently.
- Malcolm Wilson

Grant us a brief delay; impulse in everything is but a worthless servant.
- Caecilius Statius

Never thank anybody for anything, except a drink of water in the desert -
and then make it brief.
- Gene Fowler

In his state of complete powerlessness the individual
perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve.
- Theodor Adorno

Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing;
it's about dying,
about the brief flicker of time we have here,
and the frustration that it creates.
- Mordecai Richler

Never be so brief as to become obscure.
- Hosea Ballou

Out of fifty mathematical papers presented in brief at such a meeting,
it is a rare mathematician indeed who really understands
what more than half a dozen are about.
- E. T. Bell

We experience moments absolutely free from worry.
These brief respites are called panic.
- Cullen Hightower

In brief, Western democracy, as other political models,
is not exportable to all regions of the world.
- Omar Bongo

The flame of anger, bright and brief,
sharpens the barb of love.
- Walter Savage Landor

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity
remain the masters of the world,
and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief,
a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
- Elizabeth Bowen

I will be brief.
Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali,
who gave the world's shortest speech.
He said I will be so brief I have already finished,
and he sat down.
- Gene Fowler

I have barely time to give you a brief statement of facts as I find them.
- John White Geary

There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation,
and for some men it is quite as difficult to record
an observation in brief and plain language.
- William Osler

When contrasted with the much longer time that life has been present,
the course of Christianity thus far is but a brief moment.
- Kenneth Scott Latourette

They who grasp the world, The Kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, Must pay with deepest misery of spirit,
Atoning unto God for a brief brightness.
- Stephen Phillips

All pain is either severe or slight,
if slight,
it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

As a result of the asthma I was sent to school in the country,
and only visited Sydney for brief, violently asthmatic
sojourns on my way to a house we owned in the Blue Mountains.
- Patrick White

Happiness is brief.
It will not stay.
God batters at its sails.
- Euripides

On a cosmic scale, our life is insignificant,
yet this brief period when we appear in the world is
the time in which all meaningful questions arise.
- Paul Ricoeur


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