Famous Quote:- Dr. A. Rogers (America)

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Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers was born in Florida in 1931. He contacted pneumonia of both lungs as a complication of colon cancer treatment and died in 2005 (aged 74).

Rogers graduated from Stetson University and was ordained by the Baptist Church in 1972. He published 18 Books, he also set up the Adrian Rogers Pastor Training Institute for Ministers.

Some people thought his views should be lived by, others did not like him at all, like his views or not, a lot of people from different parts of the world still today mention this quote which was read out in congress, it was remembered by many, and is said to be the most famous. I myself think it is a brilliant quote, and it is still relevent today I feel.

This quote was said by Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers in 1984.

You Cannot Multiply Wealth by Dividing It

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. You don’t multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn’t first take from somebody else. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don’t have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don’t get to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

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The Professor

A school class had insisted that socialism would work and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
 
The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on a socialist plan”.
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
 
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. 

 As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

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15 Responses to Famous Quote:- Dr. A. Rogers (America)

  1. Margie says:

    This is a great lesson that too many people don’t seem to get…

  2. travelrat says:

    It’s similar to a quote from an Oxford professor, whose name I forget who said something like if all the wealth of the world was divided equally between all the citizens of the world, those who have it now would have it back in five years’ time.

    I don’t believe that simply chucking money at a problem will solve it in the long term … ‘Give a man a fish, you’ll feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, and you’ll feed him for life’

    (or, as my wife says … teach him to fish, and he’ll sit on the riverbank all day and drink beer :D)

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      I totally agree, I believe it has the opposite effect, and can sometimes make a situation worse. I love that saying about the fish, it is so very true, and your wife may be right, she sounds like a very smart Lady indeed.

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  4. bronxboy55 says:

    The quote by Rogers and similar sentiments expressed by others all make it clear that such an approach won’t work. But that conclusion still leaves a problem that begs for a solution: How do people born into the cycle of poverty ever break free? Yes, there are millions who are simply looking for a free ride. But there are also millions who would do anything to help themselves, if someone would just untie their hands. I wish I had an answer.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi bronxboy55,
      What you are saying is true, I feel instead of handing money out, you are better off trying to cut poverty by say spending money on building schools right in the middle of an area that the children would otherwise never have a chance at any sort of education. Teach older kids and young adults skills so that they may be able to find work, or help someone start up some sort of business that may employ others in poor areas.

      I really don’t think there is any easy answer to this, but I do know taking money from one person and giving it to another has never solved anything, hopefully someone some day may work out a solution. You might like to have a read of a discussion that was taking place awhile ago now Australians to Teach Slum Dwellers How to Blog. you may find it interesting.

    • Margie says:

      Perhaps it is not the “Cycle of Poverty” that needs to be broken. Perhaps it is the definition of wealth. I saw families in India who spent their days working in fields, cooked over fires made of dung, and got their water from a communal tap in the middle of town. They were amply fed, cleanly dressed and usually had a smile on their faces. We would say they live in poverty. I have met families who live in gated communities in the United States, who belong to a Country Club, are overly fed, and bitch and grouse about everything. We would say they are wealthy…

      • magsx2 says:

        Hi Margie,
        I know what you mean, to me those people working in the fields have a very fulfilling life, they are achieving something that is not only good for them but for others as well, being of course the food side of it.

        But for some people that Governments just hand over money too, I feel these people just don’t want to achieve anything, there is no incentive for them to achieve. I know here in OZ there are whole Family’s that have been on welfare all their lives, and it seems to pass from one generation to the next, this is where I feel the “mold” needs to be broken. Some of the children from these Family’s don’t even attend school regularly, in some cases they just cannot get to a school, so in the end they to rely on welfare to survive.

        I believe what Rogers said in his quote is really spot on, in many different ways, and it really is up to the people to want to achieve something, this will not happen if there is no incentive to do so.

  5. Barbara Rodgers says:

    As bronxboy55 says, there are millions who would do anything to help themselves, if someone would just untie their hands. Or as I often say, there are millions who would climb the ladder if they could only get to the first rung.

    Sorry, but I couldn’t disagree with Rogers more. I am tired of hearing that rich people work hard and poor people are lazy. Many poor people work harder than we can imagine, and against all odds, and still they are not paid commensurate with the efforts they put forth. And many rich people don’t work at all – their income is from capital gains and investments and yet they insist that they “worked” for it and should not be taxed on it. Shame on them. There is something very wrong when there is such a gulf between the rich and the poor, and a disappearing middle class. The statistics on the distribution of wealth are astonishing…

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      I agree with you about poor people working harder, but anyone that works, regardless of what sort of work they do, can go home at the end of day and know that they have achieved something, with a sense of fulfillment as well. I agree with Rogers quote, if you look at what has happened because of the Global Financial Crisis, for instance, Governments bailing out a lot of businesses, handing out taxpayers money all over the place, and personally I feel this has not done much good at all except to put the Country’s in a lot of dept, that eventually the taxpayer will ultimately pay.

      Remember that Governments don’t have any money of it’s own, it is the peoples money, and we entrust the Governments to do the right thing with that money. (This doesn’t always work out of course 🙂 ) But a lot of people have worked very hard for that money. I suppose different people will look at the quote by Rogers differently, but if you just give away money where is the incentive to try and achieve anything. With me I can look around me and know that Hubby and I have worked for everything we own, with a sense of achievement.

      • Barbara Rodgers says:

        Governments bailing out a lot of businesses – that’s just it. Why are governments bailing out businesses when they get into trouble? Why are governments not bailing out the working poor when they are in trouble trying to pay their mortgages? The richer you are, the more help you get. Blaming the victim here is a terrible social injustice.

        • magsx2 says:

          Hi Barbara,
          My point exactly, why are the Governments using taxpayers money to help big business, I have never understood that, especially when you see those same businesses go broke anyway, which of course means it was all a waste to hand them over anything. Would those same businesses have worked harder to try and stay afloat if the money wasn’t handed to them? It really does make you wonder. So much waste of late, it seems to have happened in all corners of the world. I know here in OZ the Government of the day just seems to want to tax us all more and more to try and make up for the waste, but a lot of people have lost thier jobs, then the floods hit, and now they are introducing a flood levy, this is not to help the people that lost their homes, which was thousands, this is to help pay for the lost infratructure. Unfortunaltely the Insurance Company’s are not paying out, something to do with the type of flood, they have found a back way of not paying the people that have lost their homes, you would think the Government would want to at least try to help out these people, seems Governments are the same everywhere.

      • Barbara Rodgers says:

        Oh my, don’t get me started on insurance companies! Even though we had plenty of health insurance my husband’s heart attack would have bankrupted us if it weren’t for the generosity of my father and Tim’s aunt. It’s amazing how little they cover when the chips are down… Another fraudulent scheme…

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