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With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost. William Lloyd Garrison
Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. Edward H. Harriman
The euro zone is only hurting itself by trying to keep Greece as a member. Jochen Bittner
Talk does not cook rice. Chinese Proverb
… procuring offices for persons who were unfit, and unworthy of them … squandering away the public treasure English Parliament
Clock watchers are slackers: iI takes only a split second to down a bomber! how many seconds -- minutes have you wasted? Give it everything you got right 'til the whistle blows -- then give it more! : buy war bonds Anonymous
There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use Mother Teresa
The people are starving. They need food; they need medicine; they need education. They do not need a skyscraper to house the ruling party and a 24-hour TV station. Wangari Maathai
I don’t want the West to be used as the place where we store the nation’s nuclear waste. John Kitzhaber
The Pig Book Citizens Against Government Waste
We’ve spent trillions of dollars on these problems and we have damn near nothing to show for it. Paul O'Neill
The affluent society has become an effluent society. The 6 percent of the world's population in the United States produces 70 percent or more of the world's solid wastes Walter S. Howard
In order to produce enough gold to create a wedding band, … a mine would have to extract tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds of ore. … each mine produces thousands of tons of waste rock and other materials. The end result is that mines across the West create millions of tons of waste. This waste is usually stored on the earth's surface in vast piles that may be hundreds of feet high and cover an area the size of several football fields. Lexi Shultz
Rome is the most dreadful cesspit … the great sewer of Tarquin itself would have been incapable of dealing with such a mass of filth. Felicite Robert de Lamennais
Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds, and mammals—not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. Theodore Roosevelt
It is the duty of those serving the people in public place to closely limit public expenditures to the actual needs of the Government economically administered. Grover Cleveland
Our Defense Department is the best in the world at winning wars and protecting the country. However on basic management, and fiscal activities, their grade would be a D…. The Pentagon is the last obstacle we have to overcome in order to audit the Defense Department. They are unauditable today. David Walker
More than fifty cents on the dollar in our public school system in the United States is spent on Administration. If you know of a private industry that spends more than fifty cents on the dollar on administration and is still making a profit, I would like to know what it is. William Weld
Those members of Congress who want to bring back pork to their districts should stand up proudly and be counted. Errol Louis
The poor taxpayer may wipe his shoes on a $3 doormat when he goes home, but not the Navy. It is, damn the cost, full feet ahead on a doormat you would be ashamed to get muddy. William Proxmire
I get so tired listening to complaints of one million dollars here, one million dollars there, it's so petty. Imelda Marcos
A most powerful objection always arises to propositions of public works. It is that public undertakings are carelessly managed and much money spent to little purpose Thomas Jefferson
I view roads as a source of boundless patronage to the executive, jobbing to members of Congress and their friends, and a bottomless abyss of public money. You will begin by only appropriating the surplus of the post office revenues; but the other revenues will soon be called into their aid, and it will be a source of eternal scramble among the members, who can get the most money wasted in their State Thomas Jefferson
…the Army stood in need of talent as never before… the whole department is unscientifically managed, over officered and wastefully conducted. Nation
It is easier to waste time on bureaucratic reorganization than it is to accomplish anything concrete. Tom Ridge
Voters are people with the God-given right to decide who will waste their money for them. Anonymous
Admiral, you have wasted half an hour of my time. Joseph Alsop
The wastes of democracy are among the greatest obvious wastes, but we have compensations in democracy which far outweigh that waste and make it more efficient than absolutism. Louis D. Brandeis
Carey wants proper air cover in case of war with Vermont. Jimmy Breslin
A bad tax is one that is wastefully and poorly spent. David Brinkley
The United States has consumed in the last 50 years more natural resources than the rest of the entire human race for all of history. David R. Brower
We can no longer throw our waste away because there is no away. William Cahill
At least 25 percent of the money Americans spend on health care is wasted. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
The purchase of unnecessary military hardware is undoubtedly the most wasteful element in American government. Jimmy Carter
The city of gardens [New Delhi] has become the city of garbage. Jag Pravesh Chandra
The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form. Calvin Coolidge
A Senate seat is a terrible thing to waste. Tom Daschle
Damn it all, the business of an army is to win the way, not quibble around with a lot of cheap buying. Hell and Marih! We weren't trying to keep a set of books, we were trying to win a war. Charles G. Dawes
Some say quality of life is best defined by spotless parks and litter-free roadways. But for me it is best exemplified by a happy, healthy baby or by a teen-ager with a diploma in hand and a sparkle in the eye. David Dinkins
The Communist leaders handle national property as their own, but at the same time they waste it as if it were somebody else's. Such is the nature of ownership and government of the system. Milovan Djilas
Local groups demand that their representatives and senators bring home the "bacon" or else .... They want economy practiced on the other fellow but not on themselves. Paul H. Douglas
Of myself I must say this: I never was any greedy, scraping grasper, nor a strait fast-holding Prince, nor yet a waster. My heart was never set on any worldly goods. What you bestow on me, I will not hoard it up, but receive it to bestow on you again. Elizabeth I
We're not going to allow Virginia to become a trash depository for New York or anyplace else. James S. Gilmore III
With it we can create our own destiny. It’s a sovereignty issue. It’s our land, and we’ll do what we want with it. Ralph Goff
When the greatest part of the [U.S.] budget pays for our defense and the livelihood of retirees, it is pointless to pretend that public spending is an embarrassment consisting only of welfare and waste. Benjamin H. Friedman
Handing money back to the private sector in tax cuts and starving the public sector is a formula for producing richer and richer consumers in filthier and filthier communities. If we stick to that formula we will end up in affluent misery. John W. Gardner
If the rest of the world aspires to our way of life ... we'll bury ourselves in waste. Joel Hirschhorn
The cheap and easy days of waste disposal are over. Anne Hoey
This is a turning point in human history. William J. Hughes
The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of public moneys. Thomas Jefferson
I am going to use every rostrum and every forum and every searchlight that I can to tell the people of the country and their elected representatives that we can no longer afford overcrowded classrooms and half-day sessions. We just must not, we just cannot afford the great waste that comes from the neglect of a single child. Lyndon B. Johnson
Waste of public money is like a sin against the Holy Ghost. John Morley
I say that the most inefficient, wasteful self-government is worth more than the most efficient dictatorship. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Social Security is a cruel hoax … unjust, unworkable … and wastefully financed. Alf Landon
There is so much crap [waste] going on over there [the Pentagon], I could run the Navy Department on the cost-of-living increases alone. John Lehman
He is guilty if he wastes the money of the people, the taxes which they have paid, in luxury, pomp, and debauchery. He who should improve the morals of the people, be the guardian of the law, and improve their education should not pervert them by his bad example. Frederick II
When the savages come to the city of Philadelphia and see the handsome and magnificent buildings there, they wonder and laugh at the Europeans for expending so much toil and cost on houses. They say that it is quite unnecessary, as one can live without such houses. Still more they wonder at the garments of the Europeans and their costly finery Gottlieb Mittelberger
The single most important problem with food in this country is that it is vastly overproduced. Marion Nestle
For some time past I have conscious that I was wasting my own time and the public money on doing work that produces no result. George Orwell Blair
Where are the Magistracy, the Gentry, the Nobility of the land? Have they no concern for the honour of their nation? How long shall the capital city of Scotland, yea, and the chief street of it, stink worse than a common sewer? Will no lover of his country, or of decency and common sense, find a remedy for this? John Wesley
Superdevelopment leads to a throwaway society and to enormous waste. Excessive access to all kinds of things,—sometimes called consumerism—enslaves people and does not make them happy. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
Dogma is less useful than cow dung. One can make whatever one likes out of it … Mao Zedong
We have ended the dreaded Communism, we must now end the dreaded capitalism. . . . We have to use less. Cutting our consumption by 75% is a very reasonable and relatively easily obtainable goal. Andrew Kerr
Free enterprise really means rich people getting richer: they have the freedom to exploit and psychologically rape their fellow human beings in the process…Capitalism is destroying the earth Helen Caldicott
How do you lose track of 12 billion dollars of cash? Send it to Iraq. 360 tons of cash. We know how much it weighed but we don’t know where it went. Gordon Peterson
A good chief gives, he does not take. Mohawk Indian Tribe
This is not a strategy. It’s a ping pong game with American lives. Chuck Hagel
What chiefly governs the military budget is the need to spend enormous sums of money in a useless way. The allegedly powerful Pentagon is simply a receptacle for wasteful expenditure, just as a city dump is the receptacle for the refuse of a city. Walter Karp
… frittered away, 9 times out of 10, in things which pertain to the body and not to the spirit; upon richer food and drink, better clothing, more extravagant living, which are beneficial neither to rich or nor poor. Andrew Carnegie
The yacht of the millionaire incorporates a million days' labor which might have been given to abolishing the slums … Henry Demarest Lloyd
You only have to ask yourself, "What would happen if the entire population of India and China had two-car garages and were living at the technological and the economic standard that the American middle class is today?" The planet would become very rapidly uninhabitable. Perry Anderson
Jihad has tremendously affected Pakistani society. With increasing poverty, most people have very little to do with their lives. In this uneducated society, they have found a solution - an irrational solution - to their problems. They don't want to labor to find better solutions. They think if they wage jihad all their problems will be solved. It is very interesting: all their problems are worldly, and the solution is spiritual. But when they join jihad, they forget about their worldly problems. The Kalashnikov in their hands gives them respect, power and raison d'etre. Somebody who has nothing in life and nothing to lose, who has been for many years idling away his time in the streets of a Pakistani village, suddenly finds a cause to live for in a jihadi camp. Arif Jamal
Waste of resources must ultimately result in National decay. This subject therefore ought to be dealt with in a sympathetic, inquiring spirit, being entirely non-political and non-sectarian. William Field
We did receive a large amount of aid. Unfortunately, there's not much to show for it. The infrastructure has been depleted.... We would like to see that this time aid can be used honestly. Benazir Bhutto
I realized that I should give serious attention to financial recovery … For ever since I took command of my affairs I had daily uncovered new evidence of … wastefulness. Louis XIV
To live with integrity in an unjust society we must work for justice. To walk with integrity through a landscape strewn with beer cans, we must stop and pick them up Miriam Simos; Starhawk
… massive waste, fraud and abuse Christopher Shays
We spend millions of dollars to print this stuff (The Congressional Record). It’s all on line. We are tearing down trees to print material we do not need. Tom Coburn
Every dollar needlessly spent on our military … diminishes our overall security. Dwight D. Eisenhower
What right to 49 states have to punish the citizens of one state by dumping their garbage in that state without their consent. Ronald E. Paul
Malthusian famine scenarios have systematically distracted attention from the fact that it is not people’s reproductive habits that are the principal source of most of the misuse or waste of the world’s resources, but the contradictions and motives of capitalist development. Eric B. Ross
Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. R. Buckminster Fuller
At about 9.5 billion people, the world will run out of fresh water. Lionel Shriver
We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world. Margaret Mead
Growth that adds volume without improving productivity is fat. Growth that diminishes productivity is cancer. Peter Drucker
Long, long ago the country bore the country-town and nourished it with her best blood. Now the giant city sucks the country dry, insatiably and incessantly demanding and devouring fresh streams of men, till it wearies and dies in the midst of an almost uninhabited waste of country. Oswald Spengler
Getting up and criticizing the other fellow because he's in and you are not seems to me a futile waste of time. Especially as you know in your heart that you would be doing more or less the same thing if you were in his place. Hartley William Shawcross
The slave system is one of constant danger, distrust, suspicion, and watchfulness. It debases those whose toil alone can produce wealth and resources for defense, to the lowest degree of which human nature is capable, to guard against mutiny and insurrection, and thus wastes energies which otherwise might be employed in national development and aggrandizement. William H. Seward
I know my people. They like grandeur. They want us to have respect abroad in the eyes of other countries. Joseph Desire Mobutu
Everything is poisonous, nothing is poisonous, it is all a matter of dose. Claude Bernard
Humanity stands ... before a great problem of finding new raw materials and new sources of energy that shall never become exhausted. In the meantime we must not waste what we have, but must leave as much as possible for coming generations. Svante Arrhenius
... the rising costs and risks of these fossil fuels are undercutting the security and prosperity they have enabled. Each day, the United States spends about $2 billion buying oil and loses another $4 billion indirectly to the macroeconomic costs of oil dependence, the microeconomic costs of oil price volatility, and the cost of keeping military forces ready for intervention in the Persian Gulf. Amory Lovins
... the rising costs and risks of these fossil fuels are undercutting the security and prosperity they have enabled. Each day, the United States spends about $2 billion buying oil and loses another $4 billion indirectly to the macroeconomic costs of oil dependence, the microeconomic costs of oil price volatility, and the cost of keeping military forces ready for intervention in the Persian Gulf. Amory Lovins
We need to repeal the whole war on drugs. It isn’t working. We have already spent over $400 billion since the early 1970s, and it is wasted money Ronald E. Paul
There have been over the past 100 years consistent and disastrous failures by the Corps [of Engineers] in public works areas … resulting in enormous and unnecessary costs to ecology and the taxpayer. Arthur E. Morgan
No one has the right to use America's rivers and America's Waterways, that belong to all the people, as a sewer. The banks of a river may belong to one man or one industry or one State, but the waters which flow between the banks should belong to all the people. Lyndon B. Johnson
We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the world, the most valuable natural resource. Be economical with water! Don't waste it! We still have time to do something about this problem before it is too late…. The shortage of fresh water is the major ecological problem of this moment. Mikhail Gorbachev
General, you know you have only to give the order and the attack will be made, but I must tell you that I think it a useless waste of brave lives. James Longstreet
But passing by all other considerations, and contemplating merely the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them. Benjamin Rush
Sex scandals, while embarrassing, are far less depressing than financial corruption. I would way rather have an important elected official who patronized prostitutes than one who spent $60,000 of the taxpayers’ money on sushi and lobster. Gail Collins
We found enough fat in the Defense Department to send a truck of potato chips to the obese. Alan K. Simpson
The average citizen doesn’t give buried water pipes a thought until they burst and faucets run dry. James Salzman
Nationwide, more than 10 percent of public water is lost through leaks. On average, a major water pipe bursts somewhere in the country every 2 minutes. James Salzman
I did not take an oath to support and defend government illegalities, violations of the Constitution or turn a blind eye to massive fraud, waste, and abuse…. My oath to defend the Constitution took precedence … otherwise I would have been complicit. Thomas A. Drake
Our entire economy is based on waste. We produce stuff we don’t need… How far is this going to go? I have a 5 word answer for you: Zero waste equals zero commerce. Stephen Joseph
We inspector generals have the power of the pen, the power to persuade. But we do not have the authority to implement our recommendations or prosecute wrong-doing. Phyllis Wong
We as IG’s [inspectors general] depend on whistle blowers. Phyllis Wong
… what a fearful waste it is that we have to go killing each other before even a difference of opinion can be settled amongst people of the same nation. Eleanor Roosevelt
Our magnificent cadre of military officers have the kind of performance at military procurement as our magnificent cadre of business executives would have if they did the fighting—terrible! Lewis D. Eigen
The Pentagon doesn’t need more money. What it needs desperately is a functional procurement system …. The result [of not having one] is not just ordinary waste, fraud and abuse … but also deep and lasting damage to the country’s ability to project power and wage war. Bret Stephens
Biosolids Environmental Protection Administration
The Clintons are walking around on poo. But it’s very clean poo. Environmental Protection Administration
In theory, recycling poop is the perfect solution to the one truly unavoidable byproduct of human civilization. Josh Harkinson
Countries that have tremendous financial resources built fabulous buildings which are half-empty, and streets which have no one on them. Viktor Vekselberg
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws Charles de Montesquieu
Coal is our country’s dirtiest energy source, from mining to burning to disposing of coal waste…. Coal is an outdated, backward, and dirty 19th-century technology…. Not only is coal burning responsible for one third of US carbon emissions—the main contributor to climate disruption—but it is also making us sick, leading to as many as 13,000 premature deaths every year and more than $100 billion in annual health costs. Mary Anne Hitt
Food is a munition. Don’t waste it. United States
Our whole economy has become a waste economy, in which things must be almost as quickly devoured and discarded as they have appeared in the world, if the process itself is not to come to a sudden catastrophic end.. Hannah Arendt
We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after these guys that are smoking marijuana. Harry Reid
There are hugely creative military leaders who have contemplated just the kind of changes that are needed. In Washington, however, strength lies with the opponents rather than the proponents of change. And the opponents possess the ultimate political weapon of mass destruction. They can accuse leaders who want to challenge the status quo of making America weak. So we’re left with all the systems the country has accumulated to counter every post World War II defense challenge: multiple air forces, multiple expeditionary forces; multiple cyber-commands. We can’t afford what we have. We don’t need much of what we have. David Rothkopf
Rain plays no part in the agricultural life of Egypt. It seldom rains. Irrigation from the Nile was thus introduced at an early date. The summer supply of water in that river is insufficient for the adequate irrigation of the cultivated lands at present dependent on it. Egypt is a growing country. The increase in population today is at the rate of 200,000 souls per annum. Egypt is exclusively an agricultural country. There is, therefore, an insistent demand for expansion of cultivation into new areas now lying fallow for want of water. Further control of the river is accordingly now urgently required. Pierre Crabites
Why should a man have a better right to kill his neighbor with a house than with an axe in the street? Jacob Riis
That's where all the foreign aid (which might be defined as a transfer from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries) went as well. The U.S. government still squanders about $20 billion a year this way, and European governments spend proportionally even more; it's all gone straight down a giant rat hole. Doug Casey
The object of protection is that of diminishing the distance and the waste between the producer and the consumer Henry Charles Carey
There is first the great question between direct taxation and loans. Shall we lay the whole burden of the contest upon the present generation, or divide it between ourselves and posterity ? By an almost universal law of our nature, money lightly gained is lightly spent: a revenue raised at the expense of posterity is sure to be squandered waste fully. Waste, as usual, begetting want, the sums raised by loans will commonly be large. Now these large sums are a mortgage on all the property, on all the industry, on all the skill and ability of a country for ever. Thomas Arnold
In our wildest dreams we never thought water would be a zero-sum game. Joe Del Bosque
I have always seen pollution as theft. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water. Benjamin Franklin
Our oil policy should be to find more and use less. Mitch McConnell
Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain, / For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain. / America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, / And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea. George Carlin
Right after 9/11, the spigot got turned on and a fire hose of money poured out. Much of it was badly monitored and much of it was for stuff that just didn't work. Chip Fulghum
... the most technologically advanced border project ever George W. Bush
People mean well. But there is an unintended consequence of giving people bigger recycling bins and more opportunities to recycle—soon they want to recycle everything. David P. Steiner
When prices [for recycled material] are high, we’ll pay you to recycle. When prices are high, we have to charge you. David P. Steiner
We can turn your bottles back into oil. We can burn it to make energy. Our we can put it in a landfill. There’s a green spectrum. And a cost spectrum. The most green is the most expensive. David P. Steiner

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