All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.
-Thomas Henry Huxley
As long as a journalist tells the truth, in conscience and fairness, it
is not his job to worry about consequences. The truth is never as
dangerous as a lie in the long run. I truly believe the truth sets men
Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the
long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost.
But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long
run we are all dead.
-John Maynard Keynes
Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it
gives in the long run a net result of zero.
Democracy may not prove in the long run to be as efficient as other
forms of government, but it has one saving grace: it allows us to know
and say that it isn't.
I am an optimist rather than a pessimist. It is possible that the
pessimists may be proven right in the long run, but we optimists have a
better time on the trip.
I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to
promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want
peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of
the way and let them have it.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
I wish I had done it myself. In the long run I always do.
If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and
discovery, it is that, in the long run- and often in the short one- the
most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.
-Arthur C. Clarke
In the long run people are going to buy the cheapest and the best
article no matter where it is made.
In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has
a better time on the trip.
-Daniel L. Reardon
In the long run, everything is a toaster. (on innovative technologies)
In the long run, men only hit what they aim at.
-Henry David Thoreau
In the long run, there's just another short run.
-Abba P. Lerner
In this age, which believes that there is a short-cut to everything, the
greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way, in the
long run, is the easiest.
It is more comfortable for me, in the long run, to be rude than polite.
Laws assure animals of protection- formally, officially, set down in
black and white. But in the long run, the best protection is the human
Optimism is a philosophy based on the belief that basically life is
good, that, in the long run, the good in life overbalances the evil.
-Norman Vincent Peale
Pension reform can be hard to talk about. In the long run, reform now
means fewer demands for layoffs and less draconian measures in the
future. It's in the best interest of all Californians to fix this system
Rooting in work is crucial to any accomplishment. Rooting in mere
enthusiasm will in the long run force illusory measures to keep the
fires of empty enthusiasm going. And this makes politics and politicians.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do
the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no
safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring
adventure, or nothing.
So much attention is paid to the aggressive sins, such as violence and
cruelty and greed with all their tragic effects, that too little
attention is paid to the passive sins, such as apathy and laziness,
which in the long run can have a more devastating effect.
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the
Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens
anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to
see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity
value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being
able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially
interested in almost nothing.
The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run
we are all dead.
-John Maynard Keynes
The only sense that is common in the long run, is the sense of change-
and we all instinctively avoid it.
The world is a gambling table so arranged that all who enter the casino
must play and all must lose more or less heavily in the long run, though
they win occasionally by the way.
-Samuel Butler (Novelist, 1835-1902)
We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than
the machine gun.
We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only
picking grapes or sorting the laundry.
While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government,
in the short run, it is among the most fragile.