by Frank Li
"Writing a book is a journey of self-discovery". I heard about it a long time ago, many times, without really understanding it until half way into writing my first book: Saving America, Chinese Style. Among many things I discovered, here are two most outstanding:
It is hard work to write a good book.
I really liked the quotes by the famous people in my past readings and I decided to incorporate some in my own book in order to make my arguments more compelling.
Attached below are some of the quotes, together with the pictures, from my book for your appreciation.
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
--- John Adams
"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one-percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."
--- Thomas Jefferson
"If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people"
--- Confucius, 500BC
"Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers."
--- Aristotle, 350BC
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
--- Cicero, 55BC
"The business of America is business."
--- Calvin Coolidge
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
--- Abraham Lincoln
"A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable."
--- Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment."
--- Lao Tzu, 600BC
"Truth uttered before its time can be dangerous."
--- Meng Zhi, 300BC
"If you are not a Liberal at 20, you have no heart. If you are not a Conservative at 40, you have no brain."
--- Winston Churchill
"Democracy is the road to socialism."
--- Karl Marx
"My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference."
--- Harry Truman
"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."
--- Plato, 400BC
Nowadays, anybody with reasonable intelligence can find these pictures and quotes on the Internet. The challenge is to apply them properly in the right context.
Have I met the challenge? You be the judge after reading the book!
Once again, my book "will be such a great holiday reading that when the clock strikes 2013, you will be one year older, but 10 years wiser, guaranteed!"