The Wall Street banker thinks it shameful to raise a department store clerk’s salary from $1500 to $1800 a year, but every man who draws a salary himself says,” That’s all right. I wish it was me.” And he feels very much like votin’ the Tammany ticket on election day just out of sympathy.
George Washington Plunkitt, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall
From the book that did “for twentieth-century America what Machiavelli did for Renaissance Italy,” according to its back cover.
I’m going to file this one under “things staying the same.”
The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think, the way they see themselves, the way they see the world — you can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.