„3367. Many would have been worse, if their Estates had been better.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer), Compare Poor Richard's Almanack (1751) : Many a Man would have been worse, if his Estate had been better.
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„2591. If I leave thee a moderate Fortune, as my Father left me, and thou provest wise and virtuous, it will be sufficient. It's none of the least of God's Favours, that Wealth comes not trolling in upon us; for many of us should have been worse, if our Estates had been better.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
These precepts were first collected as advice for Fuller's son John. Compare Poor Richard's Almanack (1751) : Many a Man would have been worse, if his Estate had been better.

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„Had Luther and Calvin been confined before they had begun to dogmatize, the states would have been spared many troubles.“

—  Cardinal Richelieu French clergyman, noble and statesman 1585 - 1642
As quoted in The Catholic Encyclopedia (1913), edited by Charles George Herbermann

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„The world probably would have been much better off had macroeconomics never been devised.“

—  Robert Higgs economist 1944
Context: The world probably would have been much better off had macroeconomics never been devised. Although I have in mind Keynesian macroeconomics above all, I include other types of macro models as well. I even include, somewhat reluctantly, the whole quantity theory approach descended from David Hume to the Friedmanites, now known as monetarism. … In short, among its many other deficiencies, as spelled out by Mises and his followers, monetarism’s most fundamental flaw is identical to the most fundamental flaw of Keynesian, Post-Keynesian, New Classical, and other theories advanced by macroeconomists during the past seventy or eighty years: not only does the theory leave out critical variables, but it is too simple, being expressed in huge, all-encompassing aggregates that conceal the real economic action taking place within the economic order. " Is Macroeconomics Really Economics? http://blog.independent.org/2013/08/14/is-macroeconomics-really-economics/," The Beacon (Independent Institute, 14 August 2014).

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„I've been called worse things by better people.“

—  Pierre Trudeau 15th Prime Minister of Canada 1919 - 2000
When it was reported to him that President Richard Nixon had called him an "asshole" (1971), quoted in Absurdities, Scandals & Stupidities in Politics (2006) by Hakeem Shittu and Callie Query, p. 19 My only response was that I had been called worse things by better people. Trudeau's account of the comment, in Memoirs (1993) by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, p. 218

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„It would have been better if you had died and Gershwin had written the elegy.“

—  Oscar Levant American comedian, composer, pianist and actor 1906 - 1972
Critiquing a musical tribute composed shortly after Gershwin's death (July 11, 1937) by an unnamed mutual friend; as recounted by Levant in The Memoirs of an Amnesiac (1965); and quoted in "On San Diego: You Can Bet On It" https://books.google.com/books?id=DAMEAAAAMBAJ&pg=RA2-PA272&dq=%22Oscar+Levant%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwinnrf4gNnRAhVHwiYKHWsVBrI4FBDoAQg3MAg#v=onepage&q=%22Oscar%20Levant%22&f=false by Tom Blair, in San Diego Magazine (September 2007), p. 272

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„There was then, there is now and there would have been regardless of what Bush did, a threat of terrorism that we would have to deal with. But instead of making it better, he has made it infinitely worse. We are less safe because of his policies.“

—  Al Gore 45th Vice President of the United States 1948
Context: The abuse of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib flowed directly from the abuse of the truth that characterized the Administration's march to war and the abuse of the trust that had been placed in President Bush by the American people in the aftermath of September 11th. There was then, there is now and there would have been regardless of what Bush did, a threat of terrorism that we would have to deal with. But instead of making it better, he has made it infinitely worse. We are less safe because of his policies. He has created more anger and righteous indignation against us as Americans than any leader of our country in the 228 years of our existence as a nation — because of his attitude of contempt for any person, institution or nation who disagrees with him.

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„I think it would have been much better if Newton had contemplated how the apple got up there in the first place!“

—  Viktor Schauberger austrian philosopher and inventor 1885 - 1958
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„Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.“

—  Alfonso X of Castile King of Castile 1221 - 1284
After studying Ptolemy's treatise on astronomy.; reported in Thomas Carlyle, History of Frederick the Great, book ii. chap. vii. Carlyle wrote that this saying of Alfonso about Ptolemy's astronomy, "that it seemed a crank machine; that it was pity the Creator had not taken advice," is still remembered by mankind, — this and no other of his many sayings. If the Lord Almighty had consulted me before embarking on creation thus, I should have recommended something simpler. Quoted/paraphrased by Adam Riess in his Nobel Prize (in Physics 2011) lecture slides on Supernovae Reveal An Accelerating Universe (A Science Adventure Story). <!--http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCQQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nobelprize.org%2Fnobel_prizes%2Fphysics%2Flaureates%2F2011%2Friess-lecture_slides.pdf&ei=UmtoUOXlN8nXtAahmoCQDw&usg=AFQjCNEJJaEdSL2En2TjIaOTiQ5-Gtz-rQ&sig2=iGSgSzY2T-OO8pj-xAAaEw-->

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„In this case, the 'liberal media' didn't live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served.“

—  Scott McClellan Former White House press secretary 1968
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„Had there been a computer in 1872... it would probably have predicted that there would be so many horse-drawn vehicles that it would be impossible to clear up all the manure.“

—  Karl William Kapp American economist 1910 - 1976
Quote about the computerized estimates of the end of the world. Cited in: Ian Murray (1972) " Workers told of peril of technology http://www.kwilliam-kapp.de/pdf/Kapp%20in%20NYT%2072.pdf". In: The Times, April 16, 1972

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