Monday, November 21, 2011

Old Geezers Laments

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
-Socrates (around 390 BCE)

"In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older then themselves the full benefits of their inexperience."
-Oscar Wilde (last quarter of 19th century)

"You know, you see these bums, ya know, blowing up the campuses. Listen, the boys that are on the college campuses are the luckiest people in the world."
-Richard Nixon (1969)

"Respect my authority!"
-Eric Cartman, old geezer trapped in a little boy's body. (1998)

"All the Occupy movement starts with the premise that we all owe them everything. They take over a public park they didn't pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn't pay for, to beg for food from places they don't want to pay for, to obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park, so they can self-righteously explain they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything.That is a pretty good symptom of how much the left has collapsed as a moral system in this country, and why you need to reassert something by saying to them, 'Go get a job right after you take a bath."
-Newt Gingrich  (2011)

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