Tommy Douglas quotes

  • Courage, my friends; 'tis not too late to build a better world.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Courage #Politics #Too Late

  • I don't mind being a symbol but I don't want to become a monument. There are monuments all over the Parliament Buildings and I've seen what the pigeons do to them.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Mind #Want #Pigeons

  • Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Order #Class #People

  • We agree with the statement contained in the encyclical Quadragesimo Anno, written by Pope Leo XIII, that "anything which dominates the life of the community should be owned by the community." That is the basis upon which we believe there should be government ownership of monopolistic enterprises.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Believe #Government #Community

  • The Bible is like a bull fiddle, you can play almost any tune you want on it.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Play #Bulls #Want

  • Setting people to spy on one another is not the way to protect freedom.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #People #Spy #Way

  • We should never, never be afraid or ashamed about dreams. The dreams won’t all come true; we won’t always make it; but where there is no vision a people perish. Where people have no dreams and no hopes and aspirations, life becomes dull and a meaningless wilderness.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Dream #People #Vision

  • The religion of tomorrow will be less concerned with the dogmas of theology and more concerned with the social welfare of humanity.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Humanity #Tomorrow #Dogma

  • My dream is for people around the world to look up and to see Canada like a little jewel sitting at the top of the continent.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Dream #Jewels #People

  • Man can now fly in the air like a bird, swim under the ocean like a fish, he can burrow into the ground like a mole. Now if only he could walk the earth like a man, this would be paradise.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Ocean #Men #Air

  • A recession is when your neighbour has to tighten his belt. A depression is when you have to tighten your own belt. And a panic is when you have no belt to tighten and your pants fall down.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Fall #Panic #Pants

  • It has been said that a country’s greatness can be measured by what it does for its unfortunates. By that criterion Canada certainly does not stand in the forefront of the nations of the world although there are signs that we are becoming conscious of our deficiencies and are determined to atone for lost time.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Country #Greatness #Doe

  • The trouble with socialists is that they let their bleeding hearts go to their bloody heads.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Heart #Bleeding #Trouble

  • I felt that no boy should have to depend either for his leg or his life upon the ability of his parents to raise enough money to bring a first-class surgeon to his bedside. And I think it was out of this experience, not at the moment consciously, but through the years, I came to believe that health services ought not to have a price tag on them, and that people should be able to get whatever health services they require irrespective of their individual capacity to pay.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Believe #Boys #Thinking

  • I went around to the little schoolhouses, talking like a professor, explaining our platform. We were lucky if the collection gave us enough for gas to get to the next place. We encouraged questions, and people asked us if it was true we were going to take their farms, like the Soviets in Russia, and did we believe in God.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Believe #Russia #Talking

  • Courage, my friend, it's not too late to make the world a better place.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Too Late #World

  • The inescapable fact is that when we build a society based on greed, selfishness, and ruthless competition, the fruits we can expect to reap are economic insecurity at home and international discord abroad.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Home #Greed #Competition

  • We must never underestimate our opponents; nor should we forget that the closer we come to reaching our objectives, the more vicious and forthright will their opposition become.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Opponents #Underestimate #Forget

  • I felt that no boy should have to depend either for his leg or his life upon the ability of his parents to raise enough money to bring a first-class surgeon to his bedside,
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Boys #Class #Parent

  • The greatest way to defend democracy is to make it work.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Democracy #Way

  • We are not anti-American. we do not dislike Americans though we abhor American imperialism in all its manifestations. But then, so do many Americans. Many of them have said that even more forthrightly than we have, and many of them have suffered more than any of us for their plain speaking.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Imperialism #Plain Speaking #Said

  • In Washington they have their hawks and doves and in Ottawa we have our parrots.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Hawks #Ottawa #Dove

  • I am proud that my daughter believes, as I do, that hungry children should be fed whether they are Black Panthers or White Republicans
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Daughter #Children #Believe

  • To accept the principal that "all power proceeds from the barrel of a gun" is to accept a society which will be dominated by those with the biggest guns.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Gun #Accepting #Barrels

  • Houdini used to pull rabbits out of a hat, but he never tried to make a living out of selling them when he had pulled them out of the hat
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Hats #Rabbits #Selling

  • We believe that no nation can survive politically free but economically enslaved.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Believe

  • Those who want to burn books are either afraid of the ideas contained within the covers or they haven't the courage to stand up for the views which they themselves profess to hold.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Book #Ideas #Views

  • At this season of the year we draw close to Good Friday. All the eyes of the world will turn back to "a green hill far away, without a city wall," where the founder of Christianity was crucified by those forces of selfishness, greed, and lust for gain that are still at work in the world. It seems to me that unless we do something in Canada about the question of the export of war materials there will be another crucifixion - the crucifixion of a generation of young men, crucified upon a cross of nickel.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Friday #Wall #War

  • The [Liberal] federal government's trouble is that they have a wishbone where they should have a backbone.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Government #Politics #Trouble

  • He was the only man I ever knew who could get money from the rich and votes from the poor with the promise to protect them from each other.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Men #Promise #Politics

  • If ever we needed in this country to adopt a new attitude towards homosexuality, this is the time. Instead of treating it as a crime, and driving it underground, we ought to recognize it for what it is: it's a mental illness, it's a psychiatric condition which ought to be treated sympathetically by psychiatrists and social workers.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Country #Attitude #Driving

  • I remember burying a girl fourteen years of age who had died with a ruptured appendix... I buried a good many people that I knew, some of whom I loved.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Girl #Years #People

  • We are all in this world together, and the only test of our character that matters is how we look after the least fortunate among us. How we look after each other, not how we look after ourselves. That's all that really matters, I think.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Character #Thinking #Together

  • I came to believe that health services ought not to have a price tag on them, and that people should be able to get whatever health services they required irrespective of their individual capacity to pay.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Believe #People #Pay

  • I am sure that hon. members will realize that I am not drawing on my imagination when I state that last fall there were children going to school in Saskatchewan with only sacking wrapped around their feet. We have gone into homes and found mothers and children lying on piles of bedding in the corner; they did not have the proper bedding equipment or the proper clothing to meet the rigours of a very cold winter.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Mother #Children #Lying

  • Will it be a great source of comfort to certain Canadian boys to know that the bullet that maimed them for life was made from Canadian nickel sold by the International Nickel Company?
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Boys #Bullets #Comfort

  • Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. Ontario and Quebec milk it. And you can well imagine what it's doing in the Maritimes.
    -- Tommy Douglas

    #Inspirational #Humorous #Cows

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